When dealing with a data loss situation, it is typically a very stressful time. Here are a few tips when using our data recovery software, Ontrack® EasyRecovery™, to ensure the best chance at recovering those deleted and lost files. I’ll run through a couple of common scenarios and the typical options you will want to select in those scenarios.
Scenario 1 – “Oops I deleted the wrong file!”
This is a scenario we’ve all been in at some point or another. In most of these cases, a data recovery software option will typically recover the file or files. However, the success of the recovery will depend on how much has been done on the computer since the deletion. Ontrack EasyRecovery only needs a few things from you before it starts looking for those files. On step 2, always select the volume if you see it listed. In Windows, this is going to be the option that has the drive letter in the front of it, “C:” for example.
On step 3, I typically suggest moving from left to right. Explore volume is a great option to start with. This option does not have any scan time so you can see if it finds your files without having to wait. If you cannot find your files with explore volume, you would want to move to the deleted file recovery option.
This will typically not take long either, but it may take a few hours depending on the drive and how it is formatted. And lastly if neither of those found it, your last option would be formatted media recovery. If this option does not find your files either, the next step would be our in-lab services.
Scenario 2 – “Oops I formatted the wrong drive!”
This scenario is fairly common, but definitely less so than a deleted file. The results of this particular scenario can vary due to the nature of what has been done and written back to the drive. The same beginning applies from the previous scenario, select the volume if it is available in step 2. On step 3, I still recommend starting with explore volume, just in case it is able to find your files. However, if it doesn’t find them, the next step would be the formatted media recovery. Typically with a formatted drive, a deleted file scan would not be of much help. Again, if this doesn’t find your files the next step would be our in-lab services.
Scenario 3 – “My drive is saying it needs to be formatted and all my data is on it!”
This one is quite common also, and is typical with external drives. Most of the time, this is going to point to some internal issue with the drive either electronic or mechanical and I would suggest our in-lab services. If you try Ontrack EasyRecovery software I would suggest the same steps as a formatted drive. If you see any messages about “bad blocks”, you will want to close the software, safely remove the drive and send it in to one of our labs for recovery.
Scenario 4 – “Oops I dropped my laptop/external drive!”
With our current stages in technology, many people are now using external drives and laptops for the mobility they offer. The downside to this is that they are much easier to drop than a desktop, unless you prefer to carry around a desktop tower with you. If a drive or laptop does not work after dropping it, I do not suggest any software options as any use of the drive can actually cause more damage and may prevent even our engineers from a successful recovery.
Scenario 5 – “My situation doesn’t match any of the above, what do I do!?”
If you have any situations that don’t fit into the above categories, feel free to call our technical support experts at 1-800-872-2599, option 2. They will be able to point you in the right direction and give you the best chance at recovering those precious files.