Data recovery is a crucial thing that should be done right after a computer suffers problems on its hard drive like crashing. It is something that most computer users resort to whenever data is lost after virus infection or any other disaster that a computer has gone through. In situations like the ones mentioned. Proper care and handling is a must to make sure that the lost files can still be recovered and the whole process shouldn’t be done by anyone who doesn’t have enough knowledge and expertise. Experts are the only ones who should do the recovery job.

The Don’ts

When data loss strikes your computer here are some things that you shouldn’t do:

  • Never try to do data recovery yourself if you don’t know what exactly has to be done. Taking action over the situation might just do more harm than good.
  • Don’t leave your computer turned on after it hanged. Power it down using the on/off button to close all running instances that may further corrupt and render files inaccessible.
  • Never open the hard drive. It has small components and a very sensitive disk that needs enough expertise of an experienced technician.
  • Avoid exposing the hard drive to extremely dry places. Hard drives are vulnerable to static electricity which is abundant in dry dusty places.
  • Don’t open your computer in the event that it stops working to avoid other damages on internal components which may add to replacement and repair costs.
  • Don’t ignore unusual sounds like jittering and humming. It is usually a symptom that something inside your hard drive is scratching against each other.

The Do’s

Doing the following steps will help preserve data on your damaged hard drive:

  • Take the initiative to call an expert at the first sign of physical damage on your computer’s hard drives. Symptoms of physical damage include unusual sounds like humming and jittering when a computer is turned on.
  • Unplug your computer. If it has hanged, turn it off by pressing the power button for 5-7 minutes.
  • Prepare a short but concise and clear explanation of what happened before your computer went into trouble. Technicians would usually ask you what happened and would need a clear explanation to properly address the problem.
  • Attempt to recover any critical data before your computer becomes completely dysfunctional.
  • Go over your phone directory and search for a data recovery firm to assist you with the problem.
  • If the company you contacted requires you to ship your machine to them then don’t forget to have the power adapter shipped too. Your computer won’t be powered up and tested without the power adapter.
  • Above all, handle your hard drive with care if you removed it yourself. Hard drives are fragile. After removing it, take it to an expert right away.

Handling and repairs on your hard drive is a complicated task that should only be done by experts having the right knowledge on what should be done. Data recovery is itself also a job that needs enough expertise to be successfully executed. Never try it by yourself to avoid permanent data loss. Let the experts do it!