Data Recovery 101: Everything You Need To Know

Data Recovery
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Have you ever deleted a file and later realized that you needed it?

We understand losing a file can be a real nightmare.

Whether it's years of research, important office documents or photos of your baby's first steps, or your wedding day, data loss can take a toll on us.

Data recovery, often called data resurrection, is the process of salvaging and recovering data from failed electronic storage media when it cannot be accessed.

Hence, in most cases, it's usually possible to recover deleted files and get that lost information back. Here are some steps to follow:

If these solutions don't work for you connect with an expert at DrPC to help you recover your data on your laptop.

1. Check for Errors

The first thing you should try when attempting to recover lost data from a corrupted hard drive is checking for errors on the disk itself.

You can do this by going into the Disk Utility program on Mac computers (in Windows computers, you should go into the Control Panel and select "System" from there).

In both cases, you should be able to find an option that says "check disk for errors." This option will check the disk and report any problems it finds.

2. Hard Drive Recovery

If you’ve lost the hard drive or the computer it is on, you can either try to recover all of the files yourself with a recovery tool or ship the hard drive to a professional company specializing in data recovery services.

How much it costs and how long it takes will vary depending on the problem and the amount of data involved, but if your data is irreplaceable, it’s worth every penny.

3. File Recovery

If you need to recover some files from an old backup or a dead computer, giving free recovery software, a try is an excellent option. They can scan your entire computer for deleted files, and if it finds any that match your search criteria (e.g., file type), then it will let you know so that you can restore them right away.

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4. Antivirus Program

If you think your drive may have been corrupted by a virus, use an antivirus program to scan the drive completely.

These programs can be useful in cleaning up your system and removing any bugs that might be hindering your access to the files on your hard disk. When using this method, make sure that you're using reputable software—one that is known for detecting most major threats and has a good track record of protecting users' computers.

5. Professional Data Recovery Services

If your computer has been in an accident or simply doesn't turn on anymore, you may need to use professional data recovery services to retrieve your data.

At DrPC, we provide affordable onsite and remote computer repair and IT services in Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks, and Newbury Park. Our services include data recovery, PC viral removal services, general maintenance for hard drive troubles, and software updates.

Reach out to us today for a free quote!

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