Data Recovery and Protection

Data Loss
Data Loss is Far Too Common

Data Loss is an everyday common occurrence. Mistakes to malfeasance are ll sources for the loss of data. Most people don’t understand that deleted data may be gone. Due to how modern operating systems erase information, much of the subject information is not entirely removed from the device’s storage media. We have tools and techniques that can possibly retrieve this information. While we cannot wholly guarantee complete retrieval, the odds are good we can recover a large percentage of the lost data.

Despite the constantly growing reliability of storage devices, the loss of digital information remains quite commonplace. The frequent causes of lost files include human errors, software malfunctions (such as computer viruses), power outages, and hardware failures. Luckily, the information stored on a digital medium is almost always recoverable. The following article explains data recovery, the most common data loss problems, and how to address them.

Data recovery can be defined as obtaining information on a storage device that cannot be accessed by standard means due to its previous deletion or specific damage to the digital medium. Different approaches are used to regain the missing files, yet, only on the condition that their content is present within the storage. For instance, data recovery doesn’t cover the situations when a file has never been written to persistent storage, like documents that were created but could not be eventually saved to the hard disk due to a power failure. Also, none of the existing restore methods can cope with the cases of permanent erasure when some other information occupies its storage space – under such circumstances; the lost files can only be retrieved from an external backup.

Data recovery techniques are generally divided into software-based and repairing or replacing damaged hardware components in a laboratory setting. A software-based approach is employed in most cases and consists of the use of specialized utilities able to interpret the logical structure of the problem storage, read out the required data, and deliver it to the user in a usable form for further copying. Physical repairs are conducted by specialists in the most severe instances, for example, when some mechanical or electrical parts of the drive no longer work properly – in this case, all the measures are directed towards a one-time extraction of the critical content, without the possibility of continued usage of the affected asset.