Here we break down the standard data recovery process
All providers that we recommend break the service into two main stages – the initial evaluation and the data recovery itself.
Be sure to select a provider that offers a free or low cost evaluation, and quotes for recovery without any obligation on your part to proceed.
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The evaluation is free, or provided at a relatively small charge, and enables you the customer to understand what data is likely to be recoverable and at what cost, before you decide whether or not to proceed.
We would only recommend companies with no hidden fees and no commitments, so once the quotation is provided, it will not change.
It is down to you the customer to ascertain the value of your data and make an informed decision about how best to proceed once you have the results of the evaluation phase.
Your data will never be held to ransom.
In most cases, you will be required to ship your storage media directly to the data recovery lab, with usually your recovered data returned on an encrypted external backup drive.
Pricing generally starts at a few hundred $/€/£, but in more difficult cases can rise significantly.
Do not send your media to a company that cannot guarantee a ‘no commitment’ process, you should be able to decline the service at any stage for no further charge other than the return shipping of your media.
What are the different types of data recovery?
There are several different types of data recovery, depending on the cause and extent of the data loss. Here are some of the most common types:
Logical data recovery: This type of recovery is used when data is lost due to logical errors, such as accidental deletion, formatting, or corruption. Logical data recovery typically involves using special software tools to scan and recover data from the affected storage media.
Physical data recovery: This type of recovery is used when data is lost due to physical damage to the storage media, such as a hard drive that has suffered a head crash or a memory card that has been physically damaged. Physical data recovery typically involves repairing or replacing the damaged components of the storage media in a clean room environment.
Remote data recovery: This type of recovery is used when data is lost from a remote device or server, such as a cloud-based storage system or a remote computer. Remote data recovery typically involves accessing the affected device or server remotely and using custom tools to recover the lost data.
Mobile device data recovery: This type of recovery is used when data is lost from a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet. Mobile device data recovery typically involves using software and hardware tools to extract the lost data from the device's storage.
RAID data recovery: This type of recovery is used when data is lost from a RAID (redundant array of independent disks) system, which is a method of storing data across multiple hard drives for improved performance and redundancy. RAID data recovery typically involves repairing or rebuilding the RAID system to recover the lost data.
Virtual machine data recovery: This type of recovery is used when data is lost from a virtual machine, which is a software-based emulation of a computer system. Virtual machine data recovery typically involves accessing the virtual machine's storage and using bespoke software tools to recover the lost data.
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