The majority of people in this country now use personal computers in both the workplace and / or at home. What is amazing, however, is how many people keep all of their personal and financial information on a computer. The majority of these people also unwittingly put their data at risk. Hard drives have an average useful life of only a few short years, and it can be unpredictable as to when a hard drive will fail. Some drives fail within months due to manufacturer defects and some drives will last ten or more years.
Due to the unpredictable nature of the life cycle of a hard drive, many people will experience firsthand the pain that a broken or unusable hard drive can cause. A hard drive that seems to work perfectly may one day start grinding, parts may break, or logical issues could wreak havoc on the drive. When this happens, if a person does not have a backup, things can get really bad, really quickly. Imagine turning on a personal computer and discovering that a hard drive is bad and years of work or financial records are stored on the computer with no other available backup to restore the lost data.
Luckily, there are companies that specialize in data recovery of all types. Whether a hard drive is physically stopped working, a virus or piece of malware destroyed the file table, or other software issues have rendered a drive unusable, data recovery companies can often restore most, if not all, the lost data.
In the event of a software failure, the company will often hook the drive up to a known working computer and either try to restore the file table or manually piece together the files using specially designed pieces of software. Having data restored after a software failure can be time consuming and expensive, but necessary.
In the event of a hardware failure, the data recovery company will often take pieces out of a no good hard drive to replace broken pieces in the faulty drive or they will take the data platters out of the drive and install them in a fully functional drive chassis.
Whatever method a company uses to restore data, it is important to know that data recovery is more often than not possible. Even in the event of a catastrophic failure, data can often be recovered with a minimal amount of data loss. Many times, it is worth the cost of data recovery if the information on the drive is even remotely important.