Data is a big thing in business. Computers and IT are often two of the most important assets a business can have, as everything (and we mean everything) is stored on them. When you sit down and switch on your computer for the day, your hard drive boosts up and shows you everything you’ve worked on and saved over time. What would happen if you sat down one day and nothing happened?

Most people save data to an external hard drive to keep it safe. It’s a smart idea similar to using Cloud technology to save information. This way, if you have a fire or flood, your hard drive won’t be affected as you’ve already disconnected it and taken it home for the day!

Losing data when you are trying to run a business is tough. No matter what you do, though, don’t panic! There are ways around getting your data back, and you don’t need to be a genius in coding and Java garbage collection to recover your files from the metaphorical dump! There are two ways data can be lost for a business. The first is a software failure, the second is a fault within the hard drive that you have. It’s far easier to recover from a software failure than it is to get over a hard drive fault, but we’ve got some ideas to help you resolve the issue yourself before you call in the big dogs!

Recovering from a software failure on your hard drive is simple but you have to work fast. You need to shut down the machine that is connected to the drive that has lost the data. You cannot work with the compromised drive, as for every moment your drive is connected to your computer, you lose your chance to recover the information that you lost.

The deleted data from the drive will be read as free space, and this free space will be overwritten, which stops you getting your info back! Look here for ways to clone the drive onto your PC so that you can scan the cloned drive with different programs to help recovery. Check these ideas for programs out so that you can get it sorted as soon as possible.

If the drive isn’t being detected at all by your computer, you have a slightly bigger problem. Taking your drive to a local company like this one that can fix hard drives overnight is a good start. You may be a dab hand at tinkering with PCB drives, and if you are able to fix it yourself and understand the components inside a hard drive, then you’re well away. Handing it over to a data recovery specialist might be the best option all round, as anything to do with recovering data can be risky! Backing up your information on more than one hard drive is a good idea, as you can then have a contingency to cover your contingency!

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