As most people already know, almost all hard drives fail due to normal use and conditions. While it can happen at any time, hard drive failures usually take years to occur due to normal wear and tear. Whatever the case may be, you should be fully aware of the options available to you and what you should do if your hard drive fails.
Data recovery is the most useful and by far the best way to retrieve data that has been lost or deleted from a hard drive. Hard drive recovery can recover files that have been lost, regardless of the cause. From viruses to crashes, data recovery can recover files from a hard drive by rebuilding the structure of the platters and drives. Most experienced computer technicians can recover your hard drive in just a few days.
Before your hard drive can be rebuilt, it must be evaluated. The evaluation process will give the technician a chance to go through your hard drive and determine what caused the failure and what they need to do to recover your data. This is a very extensive process that involves a series of steps performed by the technician.
First, the technician must determine if the problem is logical, physical, or possibly a combination of both. Physical failures cause hardware failures, while logical problems lie in the software. Once the technician has found the problem and its cause, he can plan the repair process and the work required to recover the information.
If the technician has access to the drive, he or she will create an image of the drive and continue the process. Next comes the data structure, where the technician will determine how much data can be saved. This step of the evaluation can be the most time-consuming, as the technician will have to go through each sector step by step and determine which data can be retrieved and which data cannot.
Once the evaluation process is complete, the results will be given to you. The technician will usually go through everything with you and explain what options you have. At this point, they will discuss prices and how long it will take. They will also let you know how much data can be retrieved, and what they think is causing the problem. If you choose, you can always get a second opinion, or continue to use the technician. On the rare occasion that data cannot be retrieved, the technician will tell you that there is nothing that can be done about your hard drive. Remember, before they do anything to retrieve the data, they will always contact you first to find out what you want to do.
Typically, most data can be retrieved in as little as 48 hours. The evaluation process can take several days as it is more time consuming and planning intensive than the actual data recovery process. The evaluation process may take longer, depending on the components needed or if other technicians are required to be involved in the process. If the technician has all the necessary parts and experience on hand, it usually won’t take very long. On the other hand, if the drive has a lot of hardware and mechanical issues – it may take several weeks to find anything.