Data corruption, electronic failure, physical damage, a viral attack are all common causes of data loss. Any type of data loss can cause an immense amount of stress to both individuals and businesses. Below are some essential tips to help you deal with your data loss.
What to do when you realise your data has been deleted
As soon as you notice your data has been deleted, ensure that you stop using the device that the data was stored on. As computer files are only deleted when they have been overwritten by another, the less activity on the device the more chances of recovery.
You will need another medium to transfer any recovered files to. Ensure you have a new hard disk or USB key to enable you to do this.
Choosing a recovery software
There are hundreds of data recovery software tools available to buy. Many tools offer amazing results and will recover off hard drives, memory cards, and USB sticks. Some on the other hand lack functionality and just don’t do the job.
Ontrack EasyRecovery is a comprehensive do-it-yourself data recovery software that allows you to recover your important files instantly.
Available in three versions: Home, Professional, and Technician, the software offers advanced tools that allow you to recover your data and save recovered files on a network drive - a great asset in business where the volume of data makes it impossible to save onto a USB key.
How to ensure an effective data recovery?
When starting the recovery process, make sure your laptop or tablet is connected to a charger. Ensure you have enough time to complete the recovery. Rushing the recovery process could result in mistakes being made.
Prepare the new media that you plan on transferring the recovered data to. The media does not have to be empty, but you should check the disk space to ensure there is enough memory to hold the recovered data.
Before performing the recover, carefully check the list of files and recover the most important documents first.
After the recovery, follow these simple rules to avoid any further deletions:
- Avoid using the Shift + Delete key combination. This can permanently remove a file/folder from your computer
- Do not empty your ‘Trash’ automatically. Be sure to take a look at the documents that are residing in there to ensure nothing is in there that shouldn’t be.
- Ensure your antivirus is up to date and protect your computer from malware.
How to recover your data using Ontrack EasyRecovery
Below are three steps you should follow in order to recover your data:
Step 1: Plug in the hard drive and run Ontrack EasyRecovery
If you have not done so already, plug in your hard drive. If the PC requests reformatting, ignore the warning by clicking on the "Cancel" button and open the software. Before launching the software, rename each healthy partition, so you are aware which partitions need recovering and which do not.
Open the software and select the icon representing a hard drive and click continue. The professional version supports disk clusters mounted in RAID.
Step 2: Start the search
Arriving at the next window, you will have to select the concerned hard disk. As you have renamed the healthy partitions in ‘Step 1’, it will easy for you to choose the partitions that need data recovery. Choose the storage unit and start the search process.
Step 3: Select the files to recover
After the search, you will find a list of folders and recoverable files. These are displayed in green and appear as a tree for easy navigation. Once you have found the files and folders, simply right-click and save them to the location of your choice.
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