How much one is dependent on technology and digital devices can be estimated simply by the number of devices we own and are dependent on for the fulfilment of our day to day activities. The more the devices to be dependent on, the more the usage and more the data stored on it. Our memories, which used to fade away with the moment, have finally found storage space on our digital devices. Pictures, messages, videos and data so close to us are all stored either on our cell phones or hard drives of our systems which is why we receive the shock of our lives if the situation of losing the data arises.
How can data be lost?
The failing of storage devices is inevitable at some point of time or the other. It is better if one is prepared with a backup of data, else; one may need to face a lot of trouble in bringing the data back. The failure of storage devices is classified under two heads: logical and physical. In logical failures, the data is present in your storage device but it isn’t able to locate and access it. It generally happens due to a virus attack or due to the files going corrupt. In the case of physical failures, the storage device might have undergone physical damage, and the data salvaging will depend on the extent of damage.
Here are steps to recover your lost data
If your storage device hasn’t suffered physical damage, i.e. it has undergone a logical failure only, before initiating the data retrieval process follow the steps mentioned:
- Stop saving any new data onto your device as storage of new data may lead to over-writing of data on your device.
- In the case of hard-drives, don’t shut down your system as while starting up again, there are a lot of files that are saved, increasing chances of data re-writing.
Once you have ensured that the data is to be retrieved has not been written over by new data, initiate the data retrieval process. To retrieve data inaccessible due to logical failures, there are a lot of freeware available which aid in complete data recovery. There are just a few simple steps to be followed which include the choosing of drive to be scanned. Once you start the scanning process which generally lasts for a few minutes, you will see the list of files and folders appearing which were stored in the drive. You may pick and choose which data to save. In case the freeware do not aid in retrieval, one must seek the services of professional agencies as there might be more than what is meeting the eye.
In the case of physical damage, one must estimate the extent of it. It is always advisable in case of physical damage to seek the services of a professional agency. These agencies have the requisite expertise in handling delicate drives and retrieving data. Data recovery in such cases is a complex process, and one must not risk the data by handling the hardware on one’s own.