According to Computer Troubleshooters, more than half of critical corporate data is held on unprotected laptop and desktop units, with 30% of companies questioned claiming they have no program in place to recover data in the event of a loss. Without doubt, any firm – regardless of its size – admitting to this mistake will face serious trouble should technical or human error cause data loss.
As specialists in data recovery , we know just how devastating a loss of vital media or documents can be. Whether you accidentally format a memory card without backing pictures or videos up to your computer, or your hard drive is damaged, losing data can be a huge problem, on a personal and professional level.
When this happens, you may feel tempted to try data recovery software. This may seem like a quick, easy solution, but there are risks involved with downloading these programs:
Installing Software may Overwrite your “Lost” Data
When you realize data is missing because you may have deleted files & emptied your recycling bin (believing it to be another batch of files altogether) or you’ve formatted your hard drive, you might download and install a free data-recovery program immediately. Believe it or not, this can make the problem worse: when you delete data or format your drive, the data itself is only removed from the drive’s table of contents, and may not have been overwritten yet. When you install a new program, it can overwrite the data already there – eliminating your important files.
Data Recovery Software Fails to Evaluate your Hardware
When you download software, it may help you recover data – but it won’t evaluate your hardware and identify technical flaws: if you lost your data once, it may happen again if the hard drive is experiencing problems. You may have corrupt firmware or modules, crashed heads, or even scratches on the platter – and software cannot help with these problems: only trained, experienced professionals can. If the device is badly damaged, no software will ever see the memory device at all, it will never show up as a drive letter.
Failing Drives can Receive Further Damage
When you run a data recovery utility on a damaged drive, this will, of course, make the heads attempt to read sectors which may be failing – this will create a domino effect, making the bad heads even worse: continuing damage, potentially causing irreversible destruction. Even worse, all of this will be for naught – recovery software cannot retrieve data on a drive carrying physical problems or not appearing at all.
Software may not scan with Reliable Accuracy
When software scans your drive to find data that can be recovered, it will bypass any bad sectors or even crash when it finds one – this can lead to problems. For example, it makes sense that the software will skip over trouble spots, but it may miss vital data contained within, and it can take dozens of attempts before the software discerns the sector is bad – by the time it does this, any damage may have already been done.
Threat of Viruses
You’ll likely want to go for a cheaper option when searching for data recovery software, particularly if the data you’ve lost is more of a ‘lightweight’ value – these may be documents or media you want to get back, but won’t necessarily lose anything by not having it. While your budget may prevent you paying for the more reputable software available, if you buy one without reading any reviews from previous users or checking its reputation, you could be downloading a program loaded with malware onto your computer – causing further damage.
Regardless of the value attached to your lost data, you should always contact data recovery specialists – such as our team here at eProvided. We will take a look at your hard drive, locate the source of the problem, and use various techniques to retrieve missing data: if we can’t help (in the rarest of cases), we’ll be completely honest, and explain why. Want to know more? No problem – just give us a call on 1 – 866 – 857 – 5950!