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Friday, December 7, 2007

Sometimes, due to unforeseen occurrences, it may become necessary to recover information from your hard drive. For instance, you computer may encounter problems and you need to recover documents. In many cases such data retrieval is quite possible. So, how exactly does data recovery work?

Specialists in data recovery will take your hard drive and evaluate it. Skilled technicians will determine how much information can actually be retrieved from your hard drive and what will be necessary to retrieve the lost data. Once this evaluation is complete; the data recovery provider will advise you what needs to be done to retrieve your data and how much the work will cost you.

Lost data can be recovered successfully about 80 percent of the time. Bear in mind however, that the evaluation process can take several days to weeks, and it may or may not prove successful in determining what the problem with the computer is. Then, if you should decide to give the data recovery provider the go ahead, they will clone the system and begin attempting to retrieve the data that is on your hard drive. Laptops and notebooks can also have data recovered from them. Despite the fact that the procedures for doing so are different than those used on standard computers, data can still be recovered from these mini-computers. In essence, the primary difference is that these computers require smaller tools in order to recover the data on them because they are so much smaller. Specialists do not require your entire computer to recover your data. Rather, you can simply ship your hard drive to them and they will retrieve the data from it.

Nevertheless, as a hard drive is a sensitive piece of equipment it, needs to be shipped very carefully. The drive will have to be wrapped in material that will not produce static and you should avoid the use of Styrofoam peanuts at all costs - they create a significant amount of static and static can destroy a hard drive.

There are also some other things to be aware of if you want to attempt data recovery. For instance, if you hard drive is exposed to water, you should be quite careful when shipping it. It is advised that data can be retrieved better before the hard drive dries out, therefore it is suggested that you ship it with a damp cloth in a plastic bag to ensure that it stays wet until it can be evaluated. Finally, when you do ship your hard drive to a data recovery provider, be sure to place it in a cardboard box, wrapped in bubble wrap, where it will have very little room to move around.

Michael Russell
Your Independent guide to Data Recovery

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