10 Ways To Avoid Hard Drive File Recovery

Data loss is a natural occurrence for most computer users, and hard drive file recovery can be costly. Many people simply let their important data go because they can’t pay the price of recovery. Preparing for data loss is always your best move, and these 10 tips will provide you with a great head start.

1. Always use virus protection and either Windows or external firewalls on your computer to protect your system.

2. Don’t defragment your hard drives if there is a missing file that you want to retrieve. You should install some software for data recovery first. This is likely to increase the chances that you will be able to recover your deleted data.

3. You should avoid system disk applications like Norton Disk Doctor, or Windows’ CHKDSK or Scandisk. These programs can corrupt your lost data because these applications are not built for data recovery, which can be a complex process.

4. Ensure that you can start your system. If you cannot, attempt to boot into Safe Mode, and if you can, eliminate or uninstall any recently installed applications. If you then can boot into normal mode, you may have solved the problem. Windows’ “System Restore” utility can help in certain circumstances, but it is typically quite unlikely.

5. Before purchasing software for data recovery, investigate the web and make sure that you are aware of exactly the kind of data that it will retrieve. You need to know what data needs to be retrieved and then search for the software that is going to meet your needs. This will save you time and money.

6. Be aware of what file system your computer runs on right off the hop. If you’re running a Windows based system, it’s likely that you’re on NTFS (for versions XP and after), or FAT32 (Windows 98). If you’re running a Mac, you likely are using HFS Plus or HFS.

7. Backup everything important on a portable, external hard drive. Do this on a scheduled basis, and your files will be good to go.

8. The big flaw in a regularly scheduled backup is that it won’t save the most recent files. Still, better to prepare and lose a couple files, than lose the whole drive.

9. If you have a crash while you are in the middle of something, you shouldn’t attempt saving the data since this could eliminate any data which was saved previously.

10. If you intend to go to an expert for Hard Drive File Recovery, be sure you have all the important details at the ready. An experienced data recovery technician will ask you several questions over the phone to better determine the diagnosis.

Hard disk failure is never fun, but it is bound to happen with today’s hard drives. Knowing that your data will be safe in cases of crash is critical, but planning ahead is the best way to avoid a scenario where you need professional hard drive file recovery.

It’s all about prevention and forethought.

Maureen Davies is editor of http://www.harddriverecovery.org/ and a technician with specialized experience with laptop and hard drive data recovery. Read more here about mac hard drive recovery and how to how to recover files.