Data recovery is a very tedious task if you don’t know what is disrupting the data and what the main cause of the error is. Data holds great importance to everyone, especially if it affects your business or daily life in any way. Hence, people are turning towards creating backups and retrieving and recovering data more often than ever. There are plenty of costly softwares out there in the market for different data recovery issues, but this article highlights the errors that can be avoided while attempting to do-it-yourself data recovery. So if you are valiant enough to try, here is a list of things you need to know about data recovery and what went wrong.
1) UNSTABLE SOFTWARE
In a situation where you are creating backup using software, software itself creates a potential threat. Free software is usually unstable and an update can cause plausible disruption in data recovery. Sometimes the users can also load the software directly on the damaged drive which causes further problems in retrieving. Don’t ever try to salvage the data onto the same device you recovering the data from!
2) STORAGE DRIVE MALFUNCTION
One of the most commonly faced problems while recovering data is the failure of the hard drive. The problem can occur with both brand new devices (when they are not tested by manufacturers) and old devices. In this case, do not run CHKDSK or “Check disk” options given in Windows as there will be no turning back with that.
3) HUMAN ERRORS
If you are saving your data on cloud storage space, make sure that you are well connected with internet and that the network is not disrupted while the data is being transferred. Some of the important files could be missed because of it. It is important to check if all files on cloud are successfully updated before deleting the data on the actual drive. The second human error can be clicking on an unknown file or link inviting a virus into your hard drive or personal computer. Viruses can cause a lot of harm depending on how severe the threat is. Make sure your personal computer is connected with anti-virus software so that it alerts you and deals with the virus if detected. Check twice before deleting any file from recycle bin permanently.
Data is a very sensitive thing, so you don’t want to trust any non-professional with your data. Don’t try to mess around with the screw breaking plates and risk adding scratches. Use proper equipment/tools to perform the relevant tasks. Forgetting the encryption password is also a human error most commonly seen where the hard disk or data is very old. It is recommended to either save the password somewhere in written form or to create a password that is easily remembered. What is also important is that you don’t shut down the PC when the data is being processed, as it will cause loss of data.
4) INTERNET MYTHS
It is important that you don’t believe everything that is said or written on internet (seems obvious, right?). There is a myth floating around on the internet that freezing the device can get you the data back. It is just as crazy as it sounds, so do not fall into the trap. People also put their wet devices in rice bowls in an attempt to dry them. This will not save your data. It is also a myth that if you swap the damaged part with a new one, the device will work. Device parts today are custom built; hence why you don’t want to follow internet advice blindly. Only follow the instructions from the help guides of the device itself.
5) RAID FAILURES
There are a couple of scenarios to consider while facing this issue. It often happens that there is no standby when the hard drive fails and, as a result of that, degraded mode is often running with raid array. There are high chances that the other drives in the array are part of the same array batch. In another scenario, it is seen that a faulty drive is replaced in a recovery attempt of correcting the raid problem, which results in a partial rebuilt or a complete system breakdown. Users should know that RAID configuration only prevents physical failure in the best case scenario; however, logical corruption is not protected. You don’t want to play around with incomplete information and skills when encountering this problem as it can lead to even more complex problems.
6) HEATING ISSUES
In certain situations, fans are moving too slow or are not moving at all. If the hardware is making weird sounds of clicking and your desktop is getting heated, immediately go to the relevant person to get it fixed. Heating is also a common cause of hard drive failure. CPU fans can cause the loss of great amounts of data and can even damage the hard drive. If you attempt do-it-yourself data recovery, double check the fans and don’t let it remain that way for long.
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