Have you ever accidentally shut down your computer or storage device (tablet, smartphone, pda) in the middle of something important? Have you ever been playing a game or writing a document which hasn’t been saved in a timely manner? Maybe you were inputting figures into your Excel (.xls) worksheet and didn’t save it enough times. Data loss from a sudden electrical problem can be infuriating. While your PC may allow you to recover a document on occasion, in most cases, you will have lost your files.
Damaged USB Drives and Hardware from Electrical Surges.
If you’re to blame, at least you’ll know to take greater care next time. Put it down to experience, and perhaps keep your feet away from the power switches! But what if your device is struck by a power surge? These happen when lightning causes a massive boost in electrical power. Electrical bursts create too much energy for outlets and USB drives or other storage devices to handle. When the flow of electricity to your device is interrupted and started again; or when electricity is sent back into the system for other reasons. While certain plugs, sockets, and adapters feature surge protection, they don’t guarantee complete safety.
At eProvided, as data recovery specialists, we often receive computers and devices which have been affected by power surges. Obviously people worry about data in their tablets, microSD’s and cellphones, and expect it can be lost forever. In some circumstances the hardware can become so damaged it affects the storage components. Generally your data should remain safe, provided you save it regularly. The best advice, always have surge protection, and disconnect your computer or plugged-in storage devices during a lightning storm. Smartphones and cellphones can also be damaged while charging due to lighting strikes.
Power Surge, Check for Lost Data and Damaged Hard Drives.
When hard drives and USB drives suffer a power surge, their printed circuit boards are typically damaged. Surges stop hard drives from spinning properly. Sometimes the surge can be strong enough to damage the read/write heads. Newer external USB sticks and flash media drives are effected at the NAND flash level. Controllers that tell the data how to speak to the computer are shorted. As data recovery specialists, we can help save your work no matter which type of device you own and no matter which circumstance it experienced.
If you’re in the middle of saving documents, photos, videos, or other important files when a power surge occurs, they will not be saved properly. Compare it to yourself trying to memorize something only to have a hefty dosage of electricity pumped through you. It’s likely you wont remember much, would you? If you believe your hard drive has received physical damage which may affect storage, or you’re unsure whether the documents have saved properly, the important thing is to avoid booting it yourself. If you do you may make matters worse. How? Switching a physically-damaged hard drive or USB drive on could cause any underlying technical problems to take effect. At this point any lost data could be overwritten.
Recovery Specialists with Innovative Techniques.
Our team of experienced, expert data recovery specialists have extensive knowledge of most types of storage devices. Whatever the model, whatever the problem, we have helped thousands of business and customers worldwide access the files they believed lost. In the event of a power surge, we’ll assess the problem and use whichever techniques we believe work best to ensure a clean, safe recovery.
Whether your computer’s hard drive, your tablet, your smartphone/cellphone have become damaged from a power surge, trust eProvided to retrieve your files. Learn more, get advice on protecting your data against power surge-related file loss. Give us a call Toll-free 1-866-857-5950