You went to turn on your computer and all you heard was a clicking sound; Windows wouldn't load, and your local computer guy or company tech dude tried everything on it, but couldn't do anything for you.. He recommended that you call a data recovery company.
There's a lot of confusion among computer users and even some computer professionals about what data recovery is and how it works; many people equate it as synonymous with computer repair (not the case) while others have misconceptions as to how recovery is performed. Here are some common questions and answers associated with data recovery.
So what is data recovery?
Data recovery is basically the retrieval of data from a logically or physically failed hard drives. If your hard drive fails, and you didn't back anything up, you may need data recovery. If you did back up, this is why; now, you just load your information over from your backup and you're golden. However, many people don't practice proper backup procedures, hence the need for the data recovery industry.
What types of media can be recovered?
Pretty much anything, although it depends on what happened to the media as to whether the recovery will be successful. Data tapes, compact discs, floppy disks, zip disks, and camera memory cards are all common types of media that data recovery companies deal with, but hard drives by far represent the largest number of data recovery cases simply because they're more widely used than any of those other media for storage of critical information. Therefore, for the purposes of this article I'll primarily discuss data recovery from hard drives, but if you've got another form of media that's been damaged, a data recovery company can probably help you with that.