How to find lost data | Data recovery

29 Mar

How can lost data be recovered?

Have you ever tried to open a file on your computer only to find that it’s corrupted or not there at all?

Be it a single file or an entire directory or hard drive, data loss can be a huge inconvenience for any business. Fortunately, there are some ways you can recover lost or corrupted data – and the best way of all is by choosing secure cloud storage.

Let’s take a look at the process involved in physical data storage and loss and how you can try to overcome this problem should it occur.

data storage 101

Before you can recover lost data, you’ll need to know exactly how it’s stored on your computer. Here’s how information goes from your screen to your hard drive:

  • When you save a file, it gets broken up into many small bits of data and each of these is stored in a different part of your hard drive.
  • When you access the file, your computer puts these little pieces back together and splits them up yet again when you save the file again.
  • This process goes on almost continuously when your computer is in use, and it’s not surprising that with all this splitting and recombining, errors sometimes occur.

If even one of the tiny pieces of your file is missing, your operating system and software probably won’t be able to read the file. At this point you’ll probably get an error message saying that your file is corrupted.

how to recover lost data

Corrupted files are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to data loss.

If a large enough error occurs or if your hard drive is physically damaged, you could lose an entire directory or even lose access to your hard drive altogether.

Another difficult scenario could occur if you accidentally delete a file and want to access it later.

Fortunately there are a few things you can do to recover your data. While none of these is guaranteed to work in every case, there’s still a chance that you could get some of your information back.

Windows Users

  • Windows Backup may have stored a usable version of your file. If not, a disk imaging app may be a good option to keep your data safe.

Mac Users

  • Using Time Machine, Apple’s built in backup and restore app, you may be able to recover your lost or damaged files.
  • It’s important to note that depending on when your last backup was, you may not be able to access the most recent version of your files.

All of these techniques are worth trying, but the reality is that you may still find yourself unable to recover your data. To enjoy full peace of mind it’s always best to opt for cloud storage and keep your data safe even if you have a hardware failure.

stop data loss before it happens:  trust the cloud

Physical storage like hard drives, DVDs, and flash drives will always be vulnerable to hardware failure. That’s why you need the cloud.

Secure cloud storage allows you to save your data remotely, with multiple copies and encryption technology working to ensure the safety of your information.

To find the cloud storage package that suits you best, browse our range of packages today.

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