When we lose data, the first thing we ask ourselves is whether it is possible to recover it. Many people often try to recover data themselves or ask ‘that friend that knows about computers’, but don’t always get the desired results. But is this really a good idea? Do we get a second chance when we try to recover lost data?
The data is the responsibility of the owner or the service provider employed. But when the worst happens, what price are we willing to pay to recover lost data? And what about if the result is not as desired? Are we prepared for the possibility of losing the data and the money invested in its recovery?
Your chances of success depend on your response
When someone loses their data, we usually tell them not to touch anything. And that’s perfectly correct; attempting to access data on a device that no longer functions correctly is very risky.
If the problem is with a hard drive, simply turn off the machine and don’t turn it back on. Your first train of thought with such a problem should always be “get advice from a computer professional”. In general, an initial diagnostic should be performed using a programme that can boot up the machine without using the endangered media and won’t continue to damage the data.
Again with hard drives, a professional will be able to advise you on the best company to handle your case depending if you have a mechanical or electronic problem. The risk with any company, however, is that if the process is not carried out properly the first time, you will probably end up with very little, or no data and you most likely won’t get another chance. When recovering data, first what is readable must be analysed byte by byte, restructured and rewritten. In many cases, the format of the disk is so heavily damaged upon the first attempt that a second is very unlikely to be successful. Of course, it’s simply a question of money if you want to try again.
As the technology of an SSD is essentially unlike other mechanical hard disks, the issue of recovering data here is rather more complicated. The reason being that the method of storing data on an SSD is very complex and is different for each SSD. To make a comparison, recovering data from an SSD would be equal in difficulty to recovering data from an 8, 16, or even 32 disk RAID system. Data recovery in this instance requires specialised tools and software, as well as a significant investment in analysing the disk.
The best option is always to go pro
With a defective hard drive, there aren’t a lot of options. Few laboratories on the market can offer a quality but economic service. And don’t think about going to a cheaper company first and if that doesn’t work, a more expensive one. The first attempt in data recovery is often the last. Computer professionals know who to go to for the best possible result depending on the value of your data.
And for SSD’s, the price you’re willing to pay will make the difference in the quality of the outcome.