A mugger holds a gun up to Jack Benny:
"Your money or your life!"
--Very long pause--
"Didn't you hear me? Your money or your life."
Jack Benny (flustered): "I'm thinking about it."
The above sketch created the longest laugh in live radio history. As ridiculous as the above sounds, some business managers go through the same routine when they try to figure out if data recovery is worth the price. For businesses that sometimes forget that dollars aren't the only measurable asset in their business, let's review the value of data and how much it would cost to replace it.
Objective data contains facts. Customer information, sales records, accounting, hard data you use to make money. It's also data you could probably re-enter from hard copies, if you want to bring in a bunch of temps to perform data entry for several days. If the data is from last year, it may not even be a rush, but entering it all onto a computer is your only option for easy analysis and accessibility. Or you could take the dead drive or drives in and just recover the data and have it back in a couple days.
Subjective data is that article for a professional magazine that was almost finished. You could just rewrite it, right? Right. Subjective data could also be the state of the company speech you had spent three weeks writing for the upcoming board meeting next month. Yeah, you could probably rewrite that too.
Let's see; what else? Perhaps a dozen customized proposals for some high-end clients. A long list of ideas that you have been jotting down so you wouldn't forget them. Or, how about some computer sketches and designs for an advertising campaign. The reality is you might remember some of it, but none of it will have the same passion of the moment it had when you first created it. Good luck.
Complex data would include detailed schematics and drawings of a new aircraft design. It might be the beginning code for new software to run your assembly floor. It might even be the final equations for the flux capacitor. Too bad you can't make it work now. Perhaps you could go back in time and rescue your hard drive before it crashed. Complex data is usually next to impossible to recreate.
So what's it going to be?
All of the above makes a ridiculously obvious point. From a cost standpoint alone, what data should you have Secure Data Recovery recover for you? The answer of course, is all of it, except for the data you absolutely don't care to ever see again.
So, unless a specific hard drive only had the receptionist's celebrity photo collection, your corporate data recovery strategy should be to call Secure Data Recovery for any failed hard drive containing corporate data.