Different Types of Data Recovery
Problems with a computer’s hard drive can often result in a loss of important data and will require the services of a data recovery company. Data recovery technicians can take your computer or laptop and retrieve your data.
There are several reasons why your hard drive might not be working properly. Sometimes there is an issue with the software on the hard drive that does not permit your operating system to properly start. Other times there are more complicated issues with the hard drive such as a problem with the PCB (printed circuit board) or the reader heads.
Software Issues Requiring Data Recovery
If the issue is with the software, a data recovery company will use a professional data recovery program to get your files back. This specialty software is quite expensive and is usually not worth buying just to recover the data off of your own hard drive. Also, it is relatively easy for someone that does not understand the data recovery process to cause more damage to the hard drive making it more difficult for a professional to later recover the files.
Data Recovery For Physical Issues
When the problem is with the PCB or internal components of the hard drive such as a controller arm, reader heads, or motor, it usually means that the repair is more complicated and will require more time and money to perform. If the problem is with the PCB, a professional data recovery specialist can repair the existing board or replace it with the same model/firmware PCB board. When internal components are at fault, the only way to recover the data from the hard drive is to replace them with identical components off of a donor drive in a dust-free environment known as a “clean room.”
Providing The Client Data After Data Recovery
Once the data is recovered, there are a few ways data recovery centres provide the recovered data back to the client. One way is to write it to blank DVDs; usually, this is practical only if there are no more than a few gigabytes of data. The more common ways are either to transfer it to an external hard drive supplied by the client or to download it to a server where it can be transferred to the client’s computer at a later time.
While you may not be able to perform data recovery on your own, there are some early signs of hard drive issues you can recognize to help minimize the chance of losing your data. If you hear a grinding or clicking sound coming from your computer, turn it off immediately and bring it in to NP Technologies for a full diagnostic free of charge as these are indicative of possible hard drive problems.