Can data recovery software help you recover data that has been lost? This is one of those situations where the answer is both yes and no. Yes, data recovery software can sometimes be virtually nonexistent in its abilities to recover data from almost every type of media that can experience data loss, from regular and hard spinning media to solid-state storage devices such as USB drives and flash memory cards. On the flip side, no matter how much data recovery software a program may contain, it cannot guarantee any data recovery results even if the software was very well written.
Data Recovery Tools
The best of all the data recovery tools that have been reviewed thus far makes it easy to recover data from regular spinning hard drives, flash memory cards, CD/DVDs, and other types of portable data storage devices, such as your cell phone. If you haven’t been hit by a data recovery nightmare yet, then the odds are good that you have encountered some sort of data loss before. The bad news is that sometimes data recovery from a spongy hard drive can be a bit tricky. The good news is that there are a few steps that you can take to make it a little easier.
Let’s start with a data recovery cost comparison of a spinning hard drive vs. a data recovery software program. You should keep in mind that there are a variety of different data recovery software programs that have varying data recovery costs. Some of these costs can include a monthly or yearly subscription. The cost of the software itself can vary as well, but this should give you a good starting point when comparing software. As for the cost of a data recovery tool, you might need to look elsewhere for a data recovery tool, as most hard drives are not too expensive, even when you add up all the parts of a spinning drive.
External Hard Drives
So, what about external hard drives? Well, if you just lost your data via physical means (by slipping out of a chair and breaking your arm), then you may have nothing to worry about. If this was a data recovery nightmare, however, then you will want to look into getting an external hard drive. External hard drives are a great addition to just about any data recovery arsenal. They can store your data on any type of hard drive, whether it is an external hard drive or a traditional disk-based computer.
When looking at the costs of data recovery, consider the worst-case scenario. What happened that caused your system to fail in the first place? Is it a complete internal failure of your operating system? Did you have a virus that created a lot of data loss or a software failure? Perhaps there was a catastrophic flood that destroyed your hard drive? No matter what caused your system to fail, it is always best to try to prevent any more failure by backing up your data regularly.
Data Recovery Failure
The best way to avoid data recovery failure from a physical cause, like a broken hard drive, is to prevent the problem in the first place. Many people make the mistake of always trying to solve a problem after it has already been caused. This is a common mistake and often leads to a lot of expensive and time-consuming damage control. Often, even the best software is not enough to fix a damaged drive, as some data loss comes from actually hitting the media. Physical damage from a drive failure can be prevented or at least reduced, by taking the following steps:
One of the most common reasons for data recovery failure, especially when dealing with a severely damaged drive, is a bad or broken drive spindle. A bad or broken spindle in your Mac will cause your system to stop functioning, as it will stop spinning. The first thing to do if you notice this issue is to take the computer to a professional for a replacement spindle; failing to do this will almost guarantee that you will have to buy a new computer. Once you have a working PC, you can attempt to fix the spindle problem yourself.
Preventing data loss before it happens can save you a lot of money, time, and headache in the future. The most important step to preventing data loss in your Mac, whether it comes from a data recovery failure or another reason, is to always back up your data regularly using an external hard drive or a self-backup system that is designed specifically for your Mac. If something should happen to flash memory, hard drive, or other storage devices, you will always have a copy to fall back on.