It’s no fun if you lose important files and data on your computer or other device, and luckily, there are ways in which to get it back in a lot of cases. Your data usually gets lost when something goes terribly wrong with your computer. Sometimes, you might only lose one files, for example, if you’re in the middle of writing an important essay and suddenly the computer crashes. There’s no way to sort it out other than restart your computer, and as a result of this, the file cannot be recovered. However, there are other instances when you may have had to reset your computer and you’ve lost a lot of important files. Whatever the reason, there are ways you can look at in order to get most or all of your precious files back.
- How can I get my data back?
The first step is to find a data recovery company or center who will be able to help you with recovering your files. If you know of a local computer repair shop, pop in and see if they can give you any advice about data recovery. Even if they can’t actually recover the files for you, they’re likely to be able to give you some good advice and tips about what to do, and they may even be able to pass on the names of some recommended companies that you can have a look at. If the recovery isn’t such a big job, most computer experts will be able to take a look at it for you and recover most of your data. However, if something drastic has gone wrong, you are likely to need a data recovery expert and this could also cost you quite a lot of money.
- How much will it cost?
Unfortunately there isn’t a set answer to this question, since it could cost anything from not very much at all to a much larger amount. The only way to find out is to talk to a company or expert in your area and get them to quote you a price based on the individual situation. It could also depend on where you live, since different areas will have higher prices, whereas others may have lower prices. If you’re not sure but you’d like to get an idea of the price, go to a company which offers a free no obligation quote, since this won’t cost you anything but you’ll be able to decide whether you should invest the money in recovering your data or whether it really doesn’t mean that much to you.
- How can the data be recovered?
The fact is that the data you’re looking for is probably still on your hard drive somewhere. Unless the hard drive has completely broken or you’ve reset the whole hard drive, there is still a possibility that the files are there. Even if they’ve been wiped off the hard drive, it’s not totally impossible to ever get your files back. Most experts create a copy of the hard drive while they try and sort out the problem. This means that no matter what they do to your computer while they’re trying to recover the data, the original hard drive files that you’ve brought to them will still be there. The great thing about this is that there is no way they can cause more damage to your computer than is already there. For most people, this brings great peace of mind, since a lot of people are reluctant to taking their devices for repairs in case anything else goes wrong and makes the problem they already have even worse.
- A company couldn’t recover my files; what should I do?
It’s important to remember that just because one company couldn’t do the job properly and get your data back to your computer, this doesn’t mean that nobody can recover the files for you. In fact, don’t just take the first person’s word for it, even if they are from a very reputable computer company or data recovery centre. Try to find at least three different companies that you can ask, since you’ll probably discover that the second or third company could do the job for you even if the first won’t. Most professional companies won’t try to rip you off by charging you for looking at the computer. Most companies will give you a free quote or estimate after looking at the device. Not only does this help you by allowing you to budget correctly for the recovery, but it also allows the company to find out whether or not they will be able to recover the files. They will also be able to work out an estimate for how long it will take them and how complicated the job will be.