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10 Ways To Avoid Hard Drive File Recovery

December 17, 2017 Jon 0 Comments

Typically, when people lose data and require hard drive file recovery, they often surrender the data to the abyss, assuming that they will never get it back. Depending on the data importance versus cost, this may indeed be the case. But planning for for an inevitable hard drive failure is simpler than you might imagine, and these 10 tips are a excellent way to be ready.

1. Always use virus protection and either Windows or external firewalls on your computer to protect it.

2. Do not defragment your hard drives if there is a deleted file that you want to retrieve. You should consider software for data recovery first. This will to increase the chances that you will be able to recover your lost data.

3. Programs like chkdsk, Norton Disk Doctor, or scandisk are not going to help you recover your data. The truth is that they could greatly reduce your ability to recover data from your hard drive.

4. If your computer will not boot up in normal Windows mode, check if it can boot up in “Safe” mode. If it can, consider removing any recent programs you may have acquired. If after doing this you can boot again, you may have solved the problem. Try using “System Restore”, but understand that this may actually harm, and not help your cause.

5. If you are considering using data recovery software, ensure you investigate the product thoroughly. Check out computer support forums and actual user testimonials before you spend any money. The truth is, many data recovery software applications are poorly designed, and can actually destroy data. Make sure yours isn’t one of them.

6. Know what file system your computer uses right off the hop. If you’re running a Windows based system, it’s likely that you’re on NTFS (for versions XP and after), or FAT32 (Windows 98). If you’re running a Mac, you probably are using HFS Plus or HFS.

7. Backup all important files on a separate, external hard drive. Do this on a scheduled basis, and your files will be protected.

8. There are times when you may not be able to back up your drive on a regular basis, especially if you have recent files.

9. If you have a hard drive failure while you are working on something, you shouldn’t try saving the data since this could make you lose any data which was saved earlier.

10. If you decide to go to an expert for Hard Drive File Recovery, make sure you have all the pertinent details at hand. A professional data recovery technician will ask you several questions over the phone to better determine the diagnosis.

Hopefully you will not have a hard disk crash which requires hard drive file recovery. But if you do, now you know that there are options and you don’t have to despair that all of your files and data is gone. But remember that being proactive is the best idea.

As in any situation, being prepared is always your best bet.

Maureen Davies is editor of http://www.harddriverecovery.org/ and a technician with specialized experience with laptop and hard drive data recovery. Read more here about mac hard drive recovery and how to save yourself from drive failure.

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