disk recovery cleanroomCommercial Disk Recovery download sites offer “Buy or Try” options. These “free” disk recovery softwares are invariably trial (demo) versions of limited duration (15 days for instance) without a “save” function. One of the most important points for any computer user to remember is to always back up your data. This is a simple procedure that many non-professionals fail to do, that can save hundreds of dollars in disk recovery if recovery technicians are needed.

Disk recovery can takes precious hours, days and even months. In the meantime your system is vulnerable to data destruction.

Turn the computer off if a hard drive is making any sort of unusual sounds (including the dreaded clicking). It is imperative that the computer is shut down immediately to avoid further damage to the data. Rebooting or continuing to let a failing drive run can literally make it self-destruct.

It’s not always advisable to attempt to fix the problem yourself. By opening or operating on a hard drive without the proper knowledge, tools or environment, one could potentially cause more problems for the drive and the data, resulting in less of a chance for an affordable, successful recovery.

Be wary of do-it-yourself data recovery software. In most cases, users have only one chance to recover data. Though purchasing at-home recovery programs can seem like a less expensive alternative, it can be a dangerous one.

If your hard drive makes ill-sounding mechanical failure noises (loud clicking, rattling, scratching), then back up your data as fast as possible and buy a new hard drive.

Any write operation can overwrite deleted files for good. So, don’t write anything to data drive, don’t run any disk utilities such as chkdsk and defragmenters, don’t reboot computer – Windows can spawn chkdsk during start-up procedure.

Operating systems consider deleted files as just free space on the drive, so with any write operations to that partition or disk here is always the probability of loosing these files forever by overwriting them. Therefore it’s not recommended to restore files or an image into the same partition. In case of recovering a physical drive you must recover and save the information to another physical hard drive.

Recovery Steps:

1. Turn your computer off and unplug it as soon as you have determined there is a disk data recovery problem. Don’t restart it until it has been inspected by an expert.

2. Do not use data recovery software until you have consulted with an expert. Generally speaking, disk recovery software designed for consumer use should only be used for extremely simple cases. When using this type of software on severe problems it may aggravate the situation.

3. Do not reinstall software. Not even the Operating System. When you reinstall a program, or simply save something to your hard drive it could write over information you are attempting to recover.

4. Do not try to open your hard drive. The hard drive should only be accessed in a controlled environment and at that, using techniques approved by the manufacturer.

5. If you’ve already opened the hard drive. Replace the cover very carefully and don’t touch the disks. Be aware that opening the hard drive will increase the disk recovery cost.

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