How Can I Prevent Data Loss?
Well, the word 'backup' would be and is the answer to that, but by the time you learn that - it may sound just a bit late for the situation when you are having the problems with the already-failed drive and no back up whatsoever or some old back up with no needed data for the moment.
So, for the moments like that you still can do things to conserve your files for further successful recovery and prevent data from being destroyed – just by following our small advices.
When your computer fails, or you are experiencing the sudden failure of data media, or simply loss of your data, take these simple steps:
- Turn off the computer, unplug the power cord. If it is a laptop computer, remove the battery.
- Remove the hard drive from the computer's case. Use some other spare hard drive (preferable some new one!) to check, test or repair your computer. Keep the original/failed drive, containing your data separately, in the safe remote place from any magnetic exposure.
- 3. With any suspicion of the hard drive failure do not try to fix it yourself, especially, if the data is too important to get compromised and messed up with. Avoid by all means any help from drive's manufacturers, computer shops - as they are really no experts in data recovery field and can really sabotage the drive's integrity, causing permanent data loss. Entrust the data drive to professional data recovery specialists only.
Generally, advising on preventing data loss on your functioning computers is to perform the regular backup routine of all your valued data. Having a good regularly updated anti-virus software package, will also help in some protection against data loss.
From John A. Upper Marlboro, MD USA: Samsung SP0802N - I placed one working drive on top of another to get at a screw. The phone rang and I answered it about 10 minutes later I completed screwing the drives into their places. The screen was frozen. I rebooted and it never got into the OS as it said a file had been corrupted. I ran check disk and it told me that the c-drive was good. It would not complete a check disk on the d-drive as one or more files are corrupted. I had a local company come to my home as their advertisement said the do data recovery. A waste of money. The technician listened to what I said. Tried to boot it using my software and then he said the drive was not spinning. I told him that he had to be mistaken as I had successfully run chkdsk. He was not fazed. Although he pointed out a capacitor or a resistor on the drive and noted it had been damaged. It is on the left side of the drive about an inch and a half down from the bar code. He stated he could not do anything for me at that point and charged $75 for his service.
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From Zhonglin M. University of Florida Gainesville, Florida United States: Western Digital WDMLRC2500, My Passport Elite, 250 Gb laptop - We tried to recovery the data using different software. Nothing...
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From Ron K. Lake Charles, LA USA: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3400820AS 400 Gb - We had bad weather, Computer was plugged into UPS. I shut down the machine as a precaution and it never booted up again the next day. The drive is recognized correctly in the Bios, There is no clicking and the drive seems to be spinning from what I can tell. I put the drive in a working machine to try to recover data, Windows saw the drive in the device manager, but disk management won't detect it or put it online, My Computer doesn't show it either.
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