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Your Data Recovery Questions Answered

May 31, 2008
Let us face the cold hard facts. We are addicted to our computers. They run our lives, our homes and our businesses. Most of us use our computers every single day. It may be for fun and games or it could be for work. Even now as you listen to this audio program you are using your computer. But what happens when something goes wrong and your computer betrays your trust by crashing? The entire thing shuts down and crashes.

Your valuable information is locked inside and you begin to panic at the thought of losing all of your important information. There is hope. In this article you will discover the wonderful joys of data recovery and how it may be able to help you recover your data, tips on protecting your information should this ever happen to you and preventative measures for protecting your valuable information.

What is a hard drive?

A hard drive is a form of magnetic storage, found in most, if not all computers these days. The hard drive records programs, documents, e-mails, and other information in the form of files, mapped to a specific location on the drive.

What happens when a hard drive crashes?

A hard drive crash could be the result of some malicious program tampering with the drive map information. This would prevent the computer from locating the files on the drive and accessing them correctly.

Or it could be the result of a damaged or failed component within the drive itself. In either event, a crash is the result of the computer being unable to access the data stored on the drive.

What should I do with my information when I recover it?

If you haven't done so yet, back it up. You've just gone through a traumatic event, and having a recent backup will go a long way towards preventing any future losses. Next, begin the process of getting your computer back up to date.

Files will need to be copied back to the correct locations on your computer. Occasionally, files will need to be renamed, as the contents were recovered, but the name has changed.

Where should I take my computer for data recovery?

Hopefully, prior to having a computer crash, you've found a computer service company or technician that you've used before. In that case, give them a call, explain what happened, and listen to their suggestions. More often than not, you will need to bring your system down to the shop and leave it for a short period of time.
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