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An Overview On Data Recovery

May 23, 2008
One of the biggest fears for computer users today is probably losing the information that is stored on their machines, therefore perpetuating the need for data recovery. This is a fear that is likely shared by Palm Pilot users and anyone else who stores files and information on any type of computerized device.

After all, if that is where your information is stored, then what happens if it is lost or deleted? As well, since these gadgets are "mechanical devices" they are at risk of breaking down at some point.

Data recovery is the process in which data or information that has been deleted, has failed, is corrupt or is inaccessible from the main storage location, is salvaged or retrieved. This process is a lifesaver for some faithful computer users.

There are many explanations for how and why you can experience lost data. It can be as simple as accidentally hitting the delete button or having a power surge. You risk losing data any time your computer's hard drive is jeopardized.

That can happen in numerous ways. For example, if your computer is hit by lightening in an electrical storm, then it can wipe out your hard drive causing you to lose valuable information. Water damage, computer viruses, corrupt files, and the age of your hardware are all issues that can affect and/or damage your hard drive.

If your HD is damaged, then you could lose all data. Today, with the ever expanding technological advances, there are many ways to help you recover data. However, if done incorrectly, then you could risk damaging the hard drive even further or overwriting what you are trying to retrieve.

It is a good idea to backup any information that is important to you, whether it is from a personal or business standpoint. However, most programs, files and operating systems have data recovery software available to reverse the process of lost data.

The type of data recovery used to retrieve the lost information will likely depend on the operating system being used. Although data can often be retrieved to some degree with "recovery programs," it is wise to consult a professional before attempting to recover lost data.

Many of the programs available overwrite the "corrupt files" which may cause you to lose what was contained in that file. So, though it is possible to recover data, it can be a very sensitive and even tedious process and should be done by a professional or someone who knows exactly what they are doing. Otherwise, you could risk losing all of the jeopardized files.
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