Data recovery Do’s Tips

* Backup your data frequently.
* If you believe there is something wrong with your computer shut it down, do not continue to power up because you may do more damage.
* If you here a clunk, clunk sound when you power up the drive, shut down! Do not panic nor turn the power button on and off.
* Package the drive properly when you send it in to a data recovery specialist. You can cause additional damage to the hard drive if it is poorly packaged.
* If you’ve lost critical data, Data recovery service is your best and safest option, find a professional data recovery lab, better locally.

Data recovery Don’ts Tips

* Do not use utility software if the drive makes scraping, tapping, clicking or humming sounds
* Do not power up a device that has obvious physical damage or is making unusual sounds
* Do not attempt recovery yourself on severely traumatized drives (i.e., turning the computer off and on, using over-the-counter diagnostic tools). This may cause further damage or permanent data loss.
* Do not ever assume that data recovery is impossible; even in the worst cases, such as natural disasters data recovery specialists have been able to retrieve valuable data.
* Never remove the cover from the hard drive; this will only cause further damage.
* Do not attempt data recovery with commonly available software utility programs.
* Do not rest your computer on a moveable object or piece of furniture. Shock and vibration can result in serious damage to the hard drive.
* Do not subject the drive to extreme temperatures changes both hot and cold.
* In the case where a drive has been exposed to water, fire or even smoke do not try to power up, the situation calls for a professional.

More data recovery Do’s and Don’ts tips

* If you need Data Recovery Services then don’t run a program such as scandisk, chkdsk or norton disk doctor to try to fix your hard drive, floppy disk or zip disk. Running scandisk, chkdsk or norton disk doctor to try to fix your hard drive, floppy disk or zip disk can sometimes lower your chances of getting your data back. Running scandisk, chkdsk or norton disk doctor to try to fix your hard drive, floppy disk or zip disk can sometimes do more hard than good.

* If you have deleted files on your hard drive and want to get the deleted files back then you must run a Data Recovery program to recover the deleted files before doing anything else with you computer such as installing programs or defragmenting your hard drive. Running a Data Recovery program before doing anything else with your computer will give you the best chance at being able to recover your data before it is overwritten. You could also to send your hard drive to a Data Recovery Service to recover the deleted files for you instead of using a data recovery program

* If your hard drive starts making sounds that it was not making before then make sure to keep all your important data backed up because this could be a sign that your hard drive is going bad. If you do this then when the hard drive goes bad you want have to worry about recovering your data because you will already have a backup.

* If your computer does not start windows then before you send your hard drive to a Data Recovery service or run a Data Recovery program to try to recover your data you should try starting windows in safe mode and try to disable or uninstall any programs that were recently installed that may have caused the problem of windows not starting. After that then try to restart the pc to see if it windows starts. If windows does not start then you will need to think about sending you hard drive to a Data Recovery service to recover your data or trying to run a data recovering program to recover your data.

* If you are using Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Windows XP as your operating system and your computer does not start Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Windows XP then try pressing the F8 key once every second when you turn your computer on. Don’t hold the F8 key down. Pressing the F8 key once every second should show you a menu that you can choose a list of items from. Choose the item that reads Last Known Good Configuration. This can sometimes fix WIndows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP so that Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows Xp will start.

* If you use a data recovery program to try and recover your data then you might need to try more than one data recovery program. Different data recovery programs may give you different results. One data recovery program might only be able to recover part of a file or might not be able to recover the file you want recovered.

* If you need to recover data from a floppy disk that has bad sectors on it then you may need to use the data recovery program that you are using to recover data from the floppy disk more than once to try and recover the data from the floppy disk. Sometimes on the first try the data recovery program may not be able to read any data from the bad sectors on the floppy disk. You may not be able to recover any information from the bad sectors on the floppy disk but reading the bad sectors more than once from the floppy disk gives you the best chance at recovering the most data from the floppy disk. If you think a floppy disk that you are trying to recover has one or more bad sectors then you can use our free program to check and see if the floppy disk does have bad sectors. You will need to copy this free program to a floppy disk. Do not copy this free program to the floppy disk that your are trying to recover and wish to check for bad sectors. You need to copy this free program to a different floppy disk.

* If your hard drive is using compression software then make sure that the data recovery program you want to use supports the compression program used to compress your hard drive. Windows XP lets you compress you hard drive if you are using the NTFS file system. If the hard drive you want to recover is using the compression built into Windows XP then you need to make sure that the data recovery program you use to recover your files can recover files from hard drives using the built in compression in Windows XP.

* If you get a Blue Screen of Death or BSOD when booting Windows XP try running chkdsk from the recovery console. Sometimes this can get you back into windows.

* If you notice that your computer is operating slow you can try to defrag your hard drive. This will sometimes make your computer operate faster. Also you can try using msconfig or the System Configuration Utility to disable startup programs and see if this fixes your problem.

* If you are have problems with windows then sometimes you can run System Restore to restore yourcomputer to a time when your computer did not have any problems.

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