When a hard drive malfunction causes your computer to crash and you lose access to valuable data, it is tempting to seek out a free data recovery software solution as an alternative to a professional data recovery service.
When used properly, data recovery software makes it easy to recover deleted files emptied from the recycle bin, files lost from formatting or corruption of a hard drive, virus infection, unexpected system shutdown or software failure.
There are many free data recovery software products to choose from that support a wide variety of hard drives and removable media. Online reviews of free data recovery software outline the features and benefits of “best in breed” products available on the market today. However, most data recovery software reviews will recommend the use of hard drive data recovery software products only if you have: a duplicate copy of all the data on your hard disk drive, when you have manually deleted files or if a virus attacked and damaged your data.
Computer data recovery software has its advantages and disadvantages. Data recovery software can locate all of the files still remaining in your unused hard disk space, but even the best data recovery software cannot fix a physically failed drive. Data recovery software reviews will warn users that the improper use of data recovery software, utility software or over the counter diagnostic tools can cause further media damage or permanent data loss.
Running disk data recovery software or RAID data recovery software on physically damaged drives is the easiest way to overwrite, corrupt or destroy your precious data forever. Data recovery software scans the media and all logical data blocks when looking for information. Repeated access to the data by data recovery software during this scanning process will often cause a sector error or more significant media damage, rendering the data unrecoverable. What began as a simple recovery from corruption or deleted files could escalate into a mechanical failure: the drive ceases to respond to the scan; the machine locks up; the read/write heads start clicking; media damage occurs; data is lost.
Tips for Using Data Recovery Software:
- If a drive is making scraping, tapping, clicking or humming sounds, do not attempt to install even the best data recovery software. Power down the system immediately.
- If the drive spins up but the motor won’t release, there could be a problem with the hard disk. Running even the best data recovery software is not recommended.
- Do not install data recovery softwares on the same drive from which you are trying to recover data. Installed software might actually overwrite the data you’re trying to recover.
- Backing up data is the only way to guarantee a complete recovery of lost files caused by hardware failure, firmware failure, media damage or file corruption. If your data is not backed up, a professional data recovery service is your best option for recovering your lost data.
- The first recovery attempt is the best opportunity for success, and the recovery method you choose can greatly impact the outcome. Call a professional data recovery service provider if you have lost critical data. Don’t risk losing it forever by running data recovery software.
Other methods on the internet such as freezing the hard drive or banging on the drive cause more damage to the drive as well. Contrary to popular belief, hard drives are NOT sealed. Freezing them causes moisture to get into the drive and corrosion begins almost immediately. Hitting the hard drive is likely to cause more damage, and do little to fix the issue.
If you are reading these tips, chances are you have lost something very important-and you want it back. Your next decision is critical. Our engineers use the safest methods available to insure your data is not lost from repeated recovery attempts. If you have lost data that you absolutely cannot live without, we can save it!