First step: don’t panic. Yes, it’s a horrifying moment when you realize that something you worked hard for, something that is valuable to you, is gone. This applies to computer data. Even one insignificant file can be an irritation if misplaced, and more than all that, there is the financial cost of having to work to replace that data and the time involved in doing the work again—if you even can get it back again, since it could work for the office, or it could be personal photos and videos.
There are numerous tricks and free tools that you can find online to get your data back, and some of those may work, but some could end up burying it even further. You can take it into a professional, but that is time-consuming and they won’t be doing anything that you could do yourself, for less money, usually. Data recovery software is usually a more reliable way to go, and a good investment and insurance against future data mishaps.
- How to choose the best software?
Before purchasing your software, take the time to compare several in order to make an informed decision. You will want to look at star ratings and reviews as well. The easiest one to use may not be the most powerful one. The most important thing to check is whether it can recover different types of files—specifically, the ones that you are missing. The better ones will be compatible with several devices and operate in numerous scenarios—everything from an operating system crashed to an emptying of the recycle bin.
It’s a good idea to investigate the developers as well. Is it a company that you have heard of? Do they release updates frequently? Do they offer customer support? Do they have satisfied clients? The more you answer “yes” to these questions, the more confidence you can have in the software.
From this point on it will be fairly straightforward, just install the program and follow its instructions. With luck you’ll have your data recovered quickly and easily. And with this experience you’ll be a wiser user, and one who will want to take precautions for the future.
- How To Prevent Future Data Loss
There are several main reasons why data disappears from your computer. Implementing fail-safes to cover these bases is a good idea, especially if it can save time, money, and stress later on down the line.
- Human Error
You’ll know when you’re the cause of the error and, more often than not, what you did wrong. It can happen without you knowing, however, or being careless. Usually it will happen by accident and if it’s in the recycle bin, it’s no big deal. But those times where a lot of mistakes come together to make a perfect storm of calamity, it’s best to have a file backup of your system. Most operating systems will offer a type of this, but it will be unreliable and intermittent, unless you’re very lucky the backup, when you need it, will be a month or two old.
You can buy dedicated programs and external drives that will backup your system while you work, if you use a lot of data every day, this is a smart way to make sure it’s where you want it when you need it.
- Hard Drive Malfunction
Damaging the hard drive is terribly easy. It’s a technology that has a lot of moving parts, and if it is exposed to high heat, if it is improperly maintained, or suffers physical damage such as spillage or dropping, you can destroy the magnetic disc that stores your data. Also, it will just plain start to decay and deteriorate over time.
Running software diagnostics is a way to monitor the health of your hard drive, but the external backup is a good belt and braces approach. You can also store data off-site on a cloud backup system, but these are prone to the same failures and accidents that you are, as well as hacking.
SSDs (Solid State Drives) have no moving parts and are more reliable to run, as well as having a higher data transfer rate. You can find one at lenovo.com and this can be an option either for your primary drive or your backup drive.
You may not be very concerned about malware and viruses you can get online, even though you have been warned how dangerous these can be. It is outrageously easy for your device to be infected and not even notice it. Antivirus software is the only way to go on this, and make sure that you are updating regularly. It is vital to have it on every device you use. Not only will it warn you every time you try to open a malicious website or file, it will also stop the page from loading. It regularly scans your computer and goes over all folders to ensure everything is on the up and up.