What is involved in the data recovery process? 

The process of data recovery is often complicated, with many critical steps required to ensure the best possible result
It is important that you understand what is involved so you can ask the right questions when selecting your provider.  
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Generally, the first step involves a temporary repair of the storage device, in order that an image of the data – in whatever state it is – can be extracted.  
This step requires very expensive tools and a dedicated dust-free environment.  
It is crucial to ensure that no corners are cut as frequently this delicate process of data extraction puts a further strain on the media and therefore needs to be performed sensitively but quickly. 
Once the best image possible of the raw data has been extracted, the burden falls on the software tools and the engineer’s experience and expertise.  
In certain cases a tool will need to be custom-developed to meet a specific recovery requirement, and not many companies have research and development teams available to create these bespoke solutions. 
After using software to reconstruct the maximum amount of data, it will be backed up in a format that is accessible by the customer’s system and returned, either electronically or on a secure backup media such as a USB device. 
All steps require very stringent data management and security protocols, horror stories of exploitation abound. 
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