The southwestern portions of England and Wales experienced serious flooding in late 2012 and early 2013. Heavy snow and rising temperatures caused river swells, which affected many homes and businesses in the region.
Creating accurate flood damage estimates can be difficult, especially when factoring in the costs of flood-related data loss. Hard drives, RAID servers and other devices are extremely susceptible to water damage, and flood waters can prevent computer users from accessing important files by damaging storage media.
Secure Data Recovery Services offers media repair for flood-damaged devices. In our experience, most files are completely recoverable when media is treated quickly by an experienced team of data recovery engineers.
Computer users in the United Kingdom should take the following steps to prevent permanent data loss after flooding:
Do Not Attempt to Operate Digital Devices
Flood water prevents your device's electronic pathways from functioning correctly, and sending power to a damaged device could cause electrical shorts. Many hard drives also sustain head failures and other mechanical issues during flooding. Operating a mechanically damaged hard drive drastically increases your chances of permanent data loss.
If you find a device in floodwater, keep it powered off. Do not plug it into a computer, even if you simply want to check whether or not the device works.
Allow Your Devices to Dry Out
You should not try to use air or heat to dry flood-damaged digital devices. Ground yourself to prevent electrostatic discharge and clean each device gently with a lint-free cloth.
Flood-damaged devices often appear dirty due to contaminants in the floodwater. You should never use any cleaning chemicals to clean digital storage media, as abrasive cleaning chemicals can permanently damage sensitive electronic components. A professional data recovery company can use specialized tools to clean your devices safely.
Find a Qualified Data Recovery Company
While there are hundreds of data recovery companies around the world, very few providers have the tools and experience to handle flood-damaged media.
To treat flooded media, data recovery engineers need access to a completely sterile environment where they can safely repair and clean flood-damaged components. Secure Data Recovery Services is one of the only providers to treat media in a certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom, a specialized environment that limits contamination through a series of state-of-the-art filters.
Data recovery companies also need experience with water-damaged media. Our engineers have recovered hundreds of damaged hard drives, flash drives, solid-state drives and other types of digital devices damaged by flood waters. Secure Data Recovery Services' engineering teams have decades of combined experience, and we offer a reliable professional data recovery option for the UK.
Finally, you should look for a data recovery company that offers free price quotes. While flood-damaged media is usually recoverable, data recovery costs vary greatly from one provider to the next. We offer free, no-risk diagnostic reports for all types of devices to provide our clients with turnaround and price estimates.
Many digital device components are susceptible to corrosion, and time is a major factor. For the best possible chances of a complete recovery, you should get your flood-damaged device to a professional data recovery company as soon as possible.
Secure Data Recovery Services is the best choice for flood-damaged media recovery services. We offer services for the United Kingdom, and our engineers can quickly clean and treat flood-damaged media to return a fully functional copy of your most important files. For more information or to schedule a free evaluation, contact our customer service team today.