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Critical Moves When Your Files Or Hard Drive Are Lost

Accidentally Lost or Deleted Files

Emptied your recycle bin? Discovered that you may have needed something there? Don't worry. The file is still there, and likely very recoverable. Has the file you've been looking for been missing for a while? Chances are, it's still available.

In situations where you are simply looking to undelete a file or retrieve data that was once there but can't be found now, you can likely perform your file recovery with data recovery software.

Your Best Actions:

1. Save as little as possible to your hard drive.
The more data you save to your drive, the less chance you can recover your files

2. Do NOT install data recovery software to your hard drive.
Although it sounds counter-intuitive, some of the best data recovery software works directly from CD, USB drive or Floppy disk

3. Contact a professional.
Contacting a professional is free, and can prevent you from taking any action that makes your data unrecoverable. Contact us at the toll-free number above, or click here to contact us about your data loss situation.

Your Drive Is Making Clicking or Buzzing Sounds

Is your hard disk drive making strange whirring, clicking or buzzing sounds that you have not heard before? Additionally, are these being accompanied by error messages or difficulties with your computer? An example of this may be "blue screen errors".

When your drive starts making sounds that you haven't heard before, you may be having some drive head issues. This is a very critical time for your hard drive - any rash actions could mean complete hard drive failure. If you are in this situation, your drive recovery can still be very inexpensive, but you must follow a cautious route.

Your Best Actions:

1. Turn Off Your Computer
Although this action sounds counterintuitive, it can make a huge difference. Your drive is making noises because something (most likely the heads) of your hard drive are misalighed. Turning off your computer can prevent the heads from damaging your hard disk platter and making your data unrecoverable.

2 . Contact a professional
Your drive is in a structurally tentative state. Contacting a professional first will ensure that your drive can be recovered cheaply, and not end up being an expensive hard drive repair job.

In cases like this, Hard Drive Recovery Group technicians ask a variety of questions to determine the state of your hard drive. Then, we either recommend backing up, or that you use data recovery software that does NOT install to the clicking hard drive (some tips are here). Contact us at the phone number above, or click here to fill out a form describing your situation.

Critical Moves When Your Files Or Hard Drive Are Lost

Your Machine Won't Boot / Hard Drive Not Recognized

When your PC or laptop is encountering difficulties booting, there are really a number of issues which could be affecting your drive. First of all, it could simply be an operating system issue. It could also be a partition table or boot record issue. Both of these hard drive problem situations are very simple to recover from.

On the other hand, errors such as: Invalid System Disk, Fatal System Error, Inaccessible Boot Device or I/O Error can be a variety of things. They can mean actual physical hard drive failure. Or they can be any of the file system errors mentioned above.

Your Best Actions:

1. Contact A Professional
Again, filling out our contact form or calling Hard Drive Recovery Group is completely free. Our data recovery technicians see situations like this everyday, and by asking a few questions, we can determine whether your issue can be solved with data recovery software, or requires actual hard drive repair.

2. Try Our Tutorial
Our self-guided data recovery tutorial is located here. If you think you can make the attempt to recover your hard drive yourself, and are 100% sure of what is causing your data loss, take a look at our case study to see if you can recover your data yourself.

Your PC or Server Has Been Hit By Water/Fire/Electricity

Although this accounts for less than 15% of the data recovery situations we see, disaster does hit many homes and businesses. In cases where fire or flood have struck your PC, server or laptop, all is not lost, no matter how grim the situation may appear. As well, electrical shorts are a problem for many systems, and can be recovered from in more than 80% of cases.

The key here is to NOT PANIC. Hard Drive Recovery Group has seen virtually everything when it comes to disaster-stricken hard disk drives.

Data retrieval help comes in a variety of methods. Sometimes data retrieval software will safely restore hard drive integrity and other times you will need a technician to repair your hard drive in the confines of a professional recovery clean room. Whatever the case, the technicians at Hard Drive Recovery Group have the right solution for you. We have restored data from hard drives other companies have thought to be lost causes.

The best data retrieval solution

If you are looking for data retrieval information on the internet, you will be bombarded by a variety of websites and ads offering data recovery and retrieval services. Finding a company that will offer the right data retrieval solution at the right price is not an easy task, and a "one-size fits all" approach won't do. Some data loss problems are caused by simple accidents; you may have deleted a file you needed, or your computer may indicate that it cannot find the file you are trying to locate.

Other times, your hard disk drive may be physically damaged. Symptoms of this kind of problem include hearing loud grinding or screeching coming from your computer tower. This usually indicates a disk or plate problem and if you let it persist, the disks that are rotating at very high speeds may crash and break. Data loss from this type of problem is more serious; however, Hard Drive Recovery Group technicians have an excellent track record with data retrieval.

Preventing data loss
People sometimes think that there is nothing they can do to prevent data loss; after all, how can you prevent their computer from malfunctioning? While you may not be able to predict that you will experience data loss, there are still several things you can do to prevent it:

  • Always back up your hard drive. If you regularly back up your files, you won't have to rely on data retrieval software or technicians to restore your data.
  • Document any problems you are having or have had with your computer. This includes unusual noises or occurrences that may indicate an impending hard drive failure. If your hard drive crashes, you can provide a data retrieval technician with your record which will assist them in pinpointing the cause of the problem.
  • Use firewalls and anti-virus software to protect your computer. Firewalls will prevent remote hackers from trying to access your computer, and anti-virus software, if updated regularly, can help prevent viruses from attacking your hard drive.
  • Use a disk defragmenter to regroup your files. After time, your files get split up because you are adding and deleting files. Using your disk defragmenter places them back together, helping to keep your overall system stable.

Of course, you can't predict data loss which is why so many people are surprised when it happens to them. If you are suffering from data loss, don't try to fix the problem yourself without contacting one of our certified technicians. Contact us today for a free quote on our data retrieval services.

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