Data Recovery : You Need To Protect Your Data

By: T J Madigan

Computers, like the double-edged sword, carry with it the seeds of good and evil- depending on how you see and use it.

If youve been using the computer for a certain amount of time, you probably know by now that there no such thing as safe data where computers are concerned. Whether you are a first-time author, a budding entrepreneur writing the layout of your business plans or an ordinary computer user, experiencing computer failure is no stranger to you. Every now and then, we encounter disruptions in our computer work. Every data we store in the computer is subject to various threats. Due to this, data recovery figures in prominently in our computer lingo. Data recovery may be indispensable but its not often necessary.

As a rule, file back ups to the following should be keep to prevent resorting to data recovery.
1. My Documents, My Music and My Pictures folders
2. Saved games
3. Any system settings
4. Drivers
5. Anything else which you dont have a copy such as applications

Be sure to back up your data to secondary storage medium: disks, tapes, zip, floppy, etc. to ensure hard disk recovery. After back up, its necessary to keep your disk in separate locations protected from dust, heat and any other type of contamination that can destroy your back up. If possible, important data should be back up by more than one disk. So no data recovery will be necessary.

If you erroneously deleted important files, data recovery would still be possible. It isnt necessary to purchase data recovery software yet. Data recovery software is not the option at this time. Files are not immediately erased but stored in a temporary storage area called the Recycle Bin. In cases like this, data recovery is just a matter of point and click. Click on the Recycle Bin, locate and highlight the file to recover then open File and click Restore or drag it to your desired location for data recovery.

Hard disk failure oftentimes causes the operating system (OS) not to boot. Hard disk recovery is similar to any type of recovery but should not be attempted if the problem in the system is not known.

If noises can be heard from your computer, immediately shut it down and unplug it. Data recovery is not possible if mechanical problems are ignored and allowed to cause more havoc to your system. If all else fails, data recovery software or a hard disk recovery service may be your best option.

In this day and age, where everything we do rely on computers it is not sound to disregard potential threats that could damage computers and forced you to attempt data recovery. Data recovery should be the last recourse. But one may not necessarily resort to data recovery if one constantly keeps a back up file.

A stitch in time saves nine goes the popular saying. It is indeed wise to heed it.

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