Data loss is a quite common occurrence nowadays, either caused by a virus or a human error. Fortunately, in almost all hard disk cases, the lost files can be retrieved.
The software recovery wizard saves My Files is one of the best systems and it is fairly easy to use. It has an option to hand-pick the files you want to recover, but this option is only suggested to be used when the hard disk does not include any of the common files. Choosing the automatic mode is recommended.
How to /hard-drive-recovery/ lost data using SalvageData
- Launch SalvageData software and select the problem hard drive.
- Select files and press Start.
- The system will identify the structure of the disk and the installed file system type.
- Partition recovery; the system tries to locate and rebuild the lost partitions
- Check the data in ‘’Lost Files’’, review the search results and save the result listing.
- At this point a key must be purchased to continue. Once you have the key, you can select the files and save them on a different drive.
- Make sure your files have been saved correctly.
- It is up to you to decide what to do with the problem disk; you can replace it with a new drive or copy the retrieved files back onto it.
Do-it-yourself recovery alternative
Using a system software like SalvageData makes the work seem simple and quick for computer hard disk recovery, but if you are not comfortable spending money on this, there is another alternative, but it does require some skills and computer knowledge;
- Like with any case of files loss, you have to make sure no additional files is written on the problem drive after the files have been lost. Why? Because if you add any new folder to the drive, the lost folder may get overwritten and a full recovery will become less probable.
- Start up the computer from DOS (Disk Operating System). The easiest way to access the folder on the problem drive is by using a file program that is compatible with DOS (there is more than one that can be found on the web and they are free to download)
- In case you do not succeed this way or if you want to take another approach, transferring the problem drive to another computer is a good option; using a computer with the same file system as the damaged part is preferable. Doing so could allow you to cover records simply by using Windows Explorer to check through the file forms
- To try the information recovery, you can use one of the freeware tools (or commercial) available online
Nevertheless, the do-it-yourself is not guaranteed for a successful records retrieval, which also means the drive cannot be overwritten afterwards.
The safest bet in a case of lost files, either by a mistake deletion or by physical damage, is to just power down and contact a service or a trained computer technician like salvage data; we can save your lost files and, if possible, your problem drive will not be a problem anymore.