Data Recovery Software Review: Benefits

Most data recovery businesses are apprehensive about putting up product reviews up for their services. The main cause of this fear is the possibility of their products becoming target of ridicule or bashing, which will make them less attractive to potential clients. What such businesses fail to see is that there are more advantages than disadvantages. If you are such a businessman, the following are some benefits you should consider:

You can show you have confidence in your product by posting your data recovery software reviews on your website. There is no reason why you should be scared of putting up reviews if you are sure you have a product that you have taken skill and time to develop, as well as one that can benefit your consumers and is a good product. Your clients will soon realize this confidence and will feel confident in buying what you are selling.

Secondly, a review is a very helpful tool in the shopping experience of a client. Research has found that the majority of shoppers refer to reviews of a product before they purchase it. Very few people these days purchase things blindly. A product review, from other clients is the only unbiased way to show potential customers the pros and cons of your data recovery software. An undecided client will make their decision to buy your product as a result of the positive reviews it has.

One of the major benefits of online reviews is an SEO boost. Online businesses and retailers understand the need for target keywords that assist consumers find their site and brand among many competitors. Product reviews are authentic consumer accounts that will most likely use the keywords targeted over and over again. The end result is a site that is SEO richer and one that has a high possibility of being ranked very high by search engines like Google.

Take note that negative reviews are not all that bad for your data recovery business. In fact they will establish the authenticity of a product. The truth is that not everyone will like or enjoy your product. Every consumer knows that there isn’t any product in the world that will be perfect for everyone. As this is the case, negative reviews are good as they will show that your product is genuine and it is not being marketed for the sake of making a dollar.

The only downside about data recovery product reviews is the loss of clientele. You are likely to lose a handful of potential customers when you allow users to post reviews about your product. This is attributed to the fact that some customers may not be satisfied by your product. Even though this is the case, you should not remove such reviews from you site. Instead, you should use the same to find out where you are going wrong and how to improve your product. The reason why software developers put their product through an alpha test is to find information on where their product is failing. Negative reviews will help you gather this information.

At the end of the day, there is always a risk that a client who isn’t fully satisfied will leave negative feedback which may discourage other consumers. When the advantages are taken into consideration, the risk can be considered to be negligible.

What should I do if I have lost my data?

Warning: If your drive is making any unusual noise (such as grinding or clicking sounds), remove power from the drive as quickly as possible and do not power it up again. Call Data Analyzers!

Review, Record, and Remain Calm

When facing data loss, stop and review the situation calmly. The process of reviewing and writing down a synopsis of the situation is the first step toward preparing for a recovery. A hasty attempt at a quick fix may cause more data to be lost, or the data you are seeking to be lost permanently. Avoid using any do-it-yourself data recovery tools, especially with any media that shows obvious signs of physical damage, as these can further exacerbate the situation.

Avoid Writing to Suspected damaged Media

If you suspect specific disks or drives of being involved in the problem, avoid writing any new data to the disks or drives in question. Writing new data to your media (including hard drives or removable disks) may potentially overwrite the data you are trying to recover.

Check the Basics

If your media has no symptoms of physical failure or damage, try and check some obvious issues that may cause the data to not be accessible:

  • Are the power and data cables properly connected?
  • Does the drive or media work on another computer or with a different cable?
  • Is the device driver or software for the drive installed correctly?
  • Is the media access-protected? Some media may have a switch or tab (that can be physically changed) that can prevent any access to the media.
  • Restore Backup to an Alternate System

If you have a backup of the inaccessible files, try to restore the files.

Warning: Do not attempt to restore a backup into or onto the original corrupted data set as you may overwrite some of the lost data.

Preventing further data loss

How can I prevent any further data loss?

Often in cases of data loss, hasty or unsafe actions taken after the initial data loss event lead to even further data loss, or in some cases, permanent data loss. To avoid further damage to your media that could prevent a successful recovery, avoid the following actions.

  • Do not power up any disk drive that shows obvious signs of physical damage, or that previously made any unusual sounds (such as grinding or clicking noises).
  • Do not attempt to open any media or physically alter the disk or drive in any way that would cause physical damage to the device.
  • Do not write any new data to any disks or disk drives you suspect of having experienced data loss. Doing so may overwrite the data you are trying to recover and reduce the chances of a successful recovery.
  • Do not format the drive.
  • Do not attempt to modify any of the partitions on the drive
  • Isolate and secure any affected media to ensure that it is not physically misplaced or accidentally re-used prior to being submitted to a professional data recovery service.
  • Avoid using any do-it-yourself data recovery tools, especially with any media that shows obvious signs of physical damage, as these can further exacerbate the situation.

Why a cleanroom is often required in data recovery

Clean rooms are standard in the assembly and service of hard disks. They are lab environments with controlled temperature and humidity standards to ensure that sensitive technology is at no risk of damage or contamination. The walls and ceilings are made of plastic, the light source is external and a ventilation system ensures a continuous stream of clean, dust-free air. The labs are frequently extensively cleaned. If these clean room standards are not met, contaminants can settle into the platters causing damage that often results in data loss.

 

Not all hard drives requires a data recovery clean room. Sometimes hard drives are misdiagnosed by computer repair shops recommending customers to send it to data recovery clean rooms. About 70% of hard drives does not require a data recovery clean room. Only completely dead hard drives goes to the data recovery clean room and from time to time some clicking drives may go. A clicking noise hard drive does not necessarily have to go into the data recovery clean room due to a variety of reasons.

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Clean rooms are only necessary when the hard drive’s cover needs to be removed and the platters inside are exposed to dust particles. If a dirt particle or piece of dust lands on the platter when the hard drive is powered on, the head which reads the data off the platter may crash into the obstruction. This can lead to scratched/damaged platters and broken heads.

 

Data recovery experts use and manage sophisticated and advanced tools to properly diagnose failing hard drives. Performing data recovery in a clean room is one of the most complex task. The process of data recovery in a clean room consist in transplanting good working components from donor hard drive into the failing drive. The process is very delicate and a single mistake can result in a failed transplant.

 

This is why it’s important to note, only an experienced data recovery technician can accurately diagnose a hard drive to determine that a Level-3 repair is necessary. Even the most computer savvy user would suspect a clicking hard drive has bad heads — it’s often not the case. Only by using our specialized data recovery tools, along with years of research and real-life experience, is an accurate diagnosis possible.

Why sometimes a single backup isn’t enough

Just a reminder to everyone that when you do a backup, you need to be sure to put it on a flash drive or something similar before you can be considered safe. Backing up your computer is critical to avoiding data loss.

 

The goal of a backup is if something happens to your computer so that you can’t retrieve your information from it, which happens more often than people realize or you somehow otherwise lose access to your data, then you can get the information from the backup copies.

 

Copying your data. For example, if you copy pictures off of your digital camera and then immediately burn those pictures to a CD for safe-keeping, you’ve backed them up. Similarly, if you regularly take the contents of your “My Documents” folder tree and copy it to another machine or burn it to CD, that’s one form of backing those files up. They’re safely stored in another location in addition to the original.

 

Imaging your system. Rather than backing up only this-and-that, this approach makes a copy of absolutely everything; your data, your programs, your settings – even the operating system itself. If your data is in only one place, meaning that there are no copies of that data, then you’re not backed up.

 

Your data really isn’t safe unless you’re backing up properly and with lots of redundancy. The computer backup rule of three, also known as the Backup 3-2-1 rule, can help ensure that your data will last.

 

3 copies of anything you care about – Two isn’t enough if it’s important.

2 different formats – Dropbox+DVDs or Hard Drive+Memory Stick or CD+Crash Plan, or more

1 off-site backup – If the house burns down, how will you get your memories back?