In this electronic age, storing documents in large filing cabinets and saving bills for years are almost a thing of the past. Almost all records are kept online now, and most people use their computers for every aspect of their lives, personal and financial. While this is a great practice, as computers make everything easier, there is one downfall. Not enough people make backups of their data. In fact, a very small percentage of people have anything backed up.
While this does not seem like a big deal, the truth is, it's a very big deal. Imagine waking up one morning, turning on the computer, and hearing a horrible grinding noise coming from inside the tower. What does that mean? That most likely means the hard drive is shot. This is inevitable, as most hard drives have a life cycle of only a few short years. If a person has a backup, this is not bad at all. All a person simply has to do is throw in the backup CD, flash drive, or download the files online. What if a person does not have a backup, however, and he or she just lost some serious data?
At that point, if the data is important, it may be worth checking into a data recovery service. They can use multiple techniques to try to recover a person's data. First, they will diagnose the drive and see what the root issue of the problem is, then they will do what they can to get the drive to work again. Many different companies have different tricks, but there are quite a few similarities. The first step is usually to try to put the bad hard drive in a known working PC to see if, once the computer fully boots up, they can use software to recover the files on the disk. If that does not work, they will often figure out what physical parts of the drive are broken and try to replace them with parts from a healthy drive long enough to get the data.
Even if the company replaces the parts and gets the drive going, that is just a temporary fix though. They will be able to restore a person's data, but that person still needs to replace the drive. After dealing with this issue once, it can be a wakeup call to a person, and he or she should really start to consider making proper backups of their system so that this issue does not occur again.