One of the biggest nightmares for anyone is data recovery. Whether you are home computer user, a small business proprietor, or the CIO of a very large company; data loss can bring you to your knees. It’s been estimated that large companies can lose as much as $8 million per hour that they’re offline. Obviously, that’s a huge loss. But home users can suffer similar sentimental and financial losses when confronting data recovery. Can you imagine someone losing their entire collection of digital photos? The pain can be equally bad for financials.
This is where data recovery comes into play. There are data recovery strategies, software, companies, and services all waiting in the wings to help you. Data recovery strategies are usually put in place before a disaster happens. This allows the company or individual to plot a course during the disaster. This is incredibly helpful. Navigating a very stressful event like data recovery is made worse by lack of a plan. Ask anyone who’s been there and they will agree.
Data recovery software ranges from archaic to user friendly. There are a host of free data recovery software programs out there. These are mainly linux based solutions. These allow you to perform low level disk analyses. Once the analyses is done, the software may be able to get you access to that lost data. There are some Windows based data recovery programs, but they cost money. Keep in mind, that there are some ways that you can avoid even using these programs. Many filesystems these days are what we can journaling filesystems. These allow you to easily go backward in the data progression to recovery previous data states.
Data recovery companies and services can be extremely expensive. They can cost hundreds of dollars per hour! But when push comes to shove, these companies can literally save your hide. Data recovery companies utilize special clean rooms to perform their work. This allows them to disassemble the hard drive and obtain raw images of the drive. This in turn allows the company to extract the useable data from the drive. People balk at the costs of data recovery services until they are in a bind.