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5 Biggest Mistakes in Data Recovery and How to Avoid Them


Hard drive crashes never happen at convenient times. Crashes notoriously occur during those last-minute, late-night preparation sessions for an important meeting or presentation. Panic sets in and people feel an urge to fix the problem themselves. Do-it-yourself (DIY) retrieval of data is becoming more common as businesses and individuals are more reliant on data than ever. Unfortunately, DIY retrieval can lead to even more significant problems and may even make a potential recovery impossible.

Many people turn to the internet for DIY retrieval tips. Site after site lists tips but many are completely incorrect and can cause significant additional data to your computer and hard drive. Here are the top 5 biggest mistakes in data recovery attempts:

  1. Opening the hard drive up in a non-clean room.
  2. Banging, hitting, or knocking the drive.
  3. Initiating a system restore or reformatting the drive.
  4. Downloading software from the internet that promises to recover your data.
  5. Let friends or colleagues investigate.

DIY attempts to recover your data should really be avoided. Few people realize that at attempt as simple as opening our computer could ruin any changes of retrieval. Our clean rooms are monitored down to the micron air-borne particle. It’s also best to leave any attempts to reformat or add new software to the professional. Secure Data Recovery shares that sense of urgency when your data is lost and you need it back NOW. We’re available 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Give us a call for an immediate quote at 1-800-388-1266.

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