Data recovery services

Are you in need of data recovery services?  I can help.

data recovery

Unfortunately, losing important files is a problem that is more common than most people think.  And the situation often comes at the most inconvenient of times!

  • You push the power button on your computer, and the screen displays a scary message such as “hard disk drive not found”
  • You plug in the flash drive with your critical financial data or the irreplaceable family pictures, and it shows as empty, or the computer cannot read it
  • You turn on your digital camera to look at the 200 once-in-a-lifetime family vacation pictures you just took, and they aren’t there

Where are your files?  Where are your pictures?  Are they gone forever, or can the data be recovered?

First – don’t panic.  There is a very good chance that your data can be retrieved.

Second – turn off your computer or camera and don’t try to keep looking for your files.  The more you rummage around trying to find them, the more likely you are to make them harder to recover.  You might even unknowingly damage them further, or make it impossible to get them back.

If you find yourself in that predicament, you need a data recovery service to handle this situation.

How do files or folders get lost?

That’s a question that I am often asked by clients who are having this problem.  There are actual several different things that can cause a hard drive crash.  The good news is that in the majority of cases, the data can be recovered.

A hard drive is a physical object with moving parts.  I won’t get too technical here, but your data is stored in magnetic media that is embedded in circular “platters” (like a plate).  The drive heads read the data while the motor spins the platters.  Best analogy would probably be a vinyl record turning while the needle reads what is on it (for those of you old enough to remember that!).

Sometimes what happens is called a “head crash” – that’s where the drive head somehow actually gets out of alignment, even briefly, and touches the platter.  This is probably the most common cause of crashes, and what makes data recovery services so popular.

Another thing that can happen is that the magnetic media gets an imperfection in it.  This means that even if the other physical parts of the hard drive are working properly, they won’t be able to read all of the data correctly.

Electrical problems can also cause data to “apparently” be lost, because the logic board on the drive can no longer communicate with the rest of the computer.  This is another case where the data recovery is very likely to be successful.

Can a data recovery service get my files back?   The quick answer is yes, in most cases.

The more complicated answer is: it depends on what you do right at this moment.

Right now, your data is most likely just lost, not destroyed.  What we see sometimes are situations where people end up ruining their data in an effort to recover it.  Here are the 3 things you SHOULD NOT DO:

  1. DO NOT keep using the computer that is holding the lost files.  If your data is still on that drive (and it most likely is), you don’t want that drive to keep working and trying to do what it usually does.  The more it runs, the more likely it is to overwrite the data that you want to recover.  Turn off the computer and leave it off.
  2. DO NOT download software to that computer to try to recover the data.  When you install software on a hard drive, it has to go somewhere.  It just might get installed in a sector of the drive that contains your important files.  Don’t take a chance on that happening.
  3. DO NOT take your computer to a “big box” store (such as Geek Squad).  This is almost certainly a recipe for disaster.  They will have your computer for an extended period of time, and they will lose your data.  They are also pretty expensive, and chances are the computer still won’t be fixed when you get it back.  This is definitely not the data recovery services you are looking for.

I am located in the Tampa Bay area and can provide data recovery services in Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Oldsmar, St Pete, Tampa and the surrounding areas.