We’ve all been there before: You are working on your computer and all of sudden for no reason the computer shuts itself down and won’t power back on. Then there are times we accidently delete a file we did not intend to and worry it is lost forever.
Fortunately, with either of these situations, your data may not be permanently lost. The most important thing to do is to stop using the computer until you can troubleshoot and diagnose what went wrong. Deleted data is not always permanently gone right away. However, it could be lost if it gets written over.
Scenario 1: The Computer Crashed
To see if your data is still there, you will need access to another computer. You can obtain a universal drive adapter kit to plug the hard drive into the working computer. Your goal is to attempt to access the data on the drive. If you can see your data, you should copy and transfer it to the working computer or cloud storage immediately.
If you are unable to access the drive, it could mean the cause of the computer crash was the hard drive itself. In this case, you will want to contact a professional data recovery service for assistance in retrieving your data.
Scenario 2: You Accidently Deleted the Data
If you were cleaning up files off of your computer and accidently deleted data you need, both Mac and Windows-based computers move the files to the Trash or Recycle Bin. Most likely the data is still sitting here and can be recovered easily.
Simply open up the Trash or Recycle Bin and scroll through the list of files until you find the one you need. Then click on it and instruct the computer to restore the file. The computer will restore the file to its original save location.
If you inadvertently emptied the Trash or Recycle Bin before realizing you deleted data you required, it could still be hidden on the hard drive. You should contact a professional data recovery service for help in finding out if the data is still recoverable.
What About Removable Storage Devices?
If a removable storage device, like an SD memory card or USB jump drive, stopped working or you accidently deleted the data, stop using the device immediately. The data may still be able to be recovered with help from a qualified data recovery service.
What If the Data Was on My Smartphone?
Most smartphones have configuration settings to tell it to backup data to the cloud. If the data you lost was part of your cloud backup, then it is most likely sitting in cloud storage waiting to be downloaded. Keep in mind, depending on your backup settings, the file may not be the most recent version, but it is still better than losing it entirely.
For assistance with data recovery from a hard drive, removable storage device, smartphone or other devices, please feel free to contact Taking It Mobile at 888.877.5002 (1-888-Call-TIM) today!