We find when a prospective customer contacts us here at Hard Drive Recovery Nottingham it is because they have been online and checked out a variety of search engines using the query Data Recovery Nottingham .
When they do contact us it is usually because of a problem with a hard drive or because of a failed attempt to recover the data themselves. We would advise against trying to recover the data on your own as problems can occur and to which end we look here at the most common data recovery mistakes.
10. Failing to keep an accurate backup.
Whilst this might be the number one choice for some we find this is surprisingly low down the list. Whereas companies tend to keep some kind of backup we find that a lot of individual computer users don’t because it is the age-old adage of ‘It’ll never happen to me!’
9. Backing up to a device of smaller capacity.
We have encountered the problem of partial back-ups where only a portion of the information has been backed up securely. This is mainly because the device being used to store the backup is of a smaller size so therefore not everything is saved.
8. Failing to keep backups off-site.
It is a problem that many customers are encountering sadly at the moment. With the adverse weather conditions many customers have failed to take their backups off site and as such not only is the original device damaged but so too is the back-up because it is still on the premises.
7. Using more than one device from the same batch.
You might not consider it to be a problem but some companies – and individuals for that matter – might buy more than one drive from the same batch that may have been faulty. To this end not only are you saving your original data to a problematic drive but you are also saving the back-ups so one as well. This leads to an inability to retrieve data from any of the devices.
6. Trying to restore from a corrupt backup.
Where some might be in a position to say they have kept a back up the problem can arise when the back up itself has become corrupted or corrupt files have been carried over. To this end restoring a system from a corrupt backup can only seek to exacerbate matters and leave you with no data to work from at all.
5. Making daily back ups with no means of restoring them.
It is something that we have encountered; a business has been making back ups of their CRM software but when it fails they cannot recover it because they do not know either (a) which copy to use or (b) how up to date it is. This can lead to a loss of information and productivity in the workplace.
4. Continuing to use a device after it has reported an error.
This is a common problem that we see because in a lot of instances the user has considered the problem to be of no real significance if the device continues to function. Although it might be functioning it is doing so below par and to this end the error reported is really signifying the beginning of the end. Failing to take heed of error messages or the infamous ‘Blue Screen of Death’ can sadly only lead to a tragic end for your device and difficulty recovering the data held on it.
3. Continuing to use a device after it has been dropped.
As with number 4 many people seem to think that if something continues to work after it has been involved in a collision or fall that all is well. This is not the case. Especially with hard drives where the slightest damage to actuator arms, read/write heads, platters, or the printed circuit board attached to the drive, can be fatal. If you have dropped a computer containing a hard drive then it is save to assume that although it might work in the short term, in the long term a problem will occur. It really is only a matter of time.
2. Writing data to a device where the existing data has been deleted.
We’ve all done it from time to time; hit the wrong button or clicked the wrong thing and then the data is gone in a flash. There is a chance it can be recovered but we have encountered the problem of trying to recover data from a device where new data has been written over the old, which makes the task much harder to perform. If you have inadvertently deleted data from a device then we recommend shutting down to prevent any further data being stored to it thus increasing the chances of a full data recovery.
1. Reformatting a drive to get rid of error messages.
This is something we have encountered a lot. Some users have searched the Internet and read in forums that if an error is displayed it can be gotten rid of by reformatting the drive. In theory this might sound right but the truth is far from correct. If your drive reports an error then the error will more often than not be hardware related and no amount of reformatting will cure it. All that is happening is that you are wiping the drive in order to carry out a new installation and if a reformat is carried out and new information written to the drive then the chances of a full data recovery are greatly reduced.
We recommend that if you have experienced a problem with a storage device that you contact us immediately – first having ensured that the device in question has been switched off and moved out of the way so that it cannot be accidentally used by anyone else.