There’s nothing simple about data recovery.  This process of salvaging deleted data on a hard drive can easily scare anybody. If you have no IT background, you’re bound to panic, and quickly get above your head looking for a fix.  Imagine losing all your irreplaceable data and not knowing how to get them back can really send shivers down your spine. Who can blame you? After all, there is a lot of data stored on that hard drive of yours.

According to a study on second hand hard disk drives, it was found that more than half of them contained some very critical data.

A new study from technology firm Blancco Technology Group found that 78%— more than three quarters—of used, resold, or refurbished hard disk drives still contained personal or confidential information, despite supposedly being “wiped.”

In the first quarter of 2016, the group purchased a total of 200 used hard disk drives and solid state drives sold in the United States from eBay and Craigslist. Out of the 200, the Blancco’s digital forensics team was able to recover left-over data from 78% of the drives, according to the study.


If you’re wondering what kind of data were recovered from the 200 used hard disk drives, well, here’s an alarming breakdown.

As for personal information, over half (67%) of the drives contained things like photos (43%), social security numbers (23%), and financial data (21%).


The point is, you probably have that much data on your hard drive as well. Since you can’t access it, you panic. To panic is probably the only thing you can do. It might not be a logical thing to do but it is something you’re most likely to end up doing.

With no backups, whatsoever, you’re feeling totally hopeless. How in the world can you actually recover the precious data you accidentally deleted? Calm down because you can.

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.


That’s the thing. How in the world can you or anybody else, for that matter, restore data from a damaged hard drive? That’s not the easiest thing to do especially in a state of panic and hopelessness. If you can’t do it properly, then you’re bound to lose your precious data forever. Even if there are simple ways to recover data, you would have to make sure they’re applicable to your situation. The fact is, the data recovery process depends on various circumstances. Needless to say, it also relies on stable emotions. Being in a state of panic pretty much disqualifies you from performing a safe and simple data recovery.

The data recovery process varies, depending on the circumstances of the data loss, the data recovery software used to create the backup and the backup target media. For example, many desktop and laptop backup software platforms allow users to restore lost files themselves, while restoration of a corrupted database from a tape backup is a more complicated process that requires IT intervention. Data recovery services can also be used to retrieve files that were not backed up and accidentally deleted from a computer’s file system, but still remain on the hard disk in fragments.


Data recovery can get pretty technical for a regular computer-user. So, should you even dare to recover your data? Well, if you’re not confident, don’t even dare. The most you should do is to deal with your emotions. Calm down from the state of panic and leave the seemingly hopeless situation to the experts.