Data Backup and Recovery is an interesting Topic. It is nobodies priority until they have lost their data and suddenly panic sets in.
Our Data Recovery is the Highest priority once we have lost that Data.
There are very few of us who have never lost a file, photo, contact, or song.
This happens on a smartphone, Tablet, laptop, or computer.
Encrypted Data Recovery
You have a dilema when it comes to protecting your Data.
There are conflicting needs between protecting your Data and keeping it safe.
To protect our Data we use passwords and Data Encryption.
there are great variations to both Password and Encryption levels.
The strong the password the better protected your Data.
Likewise the stronger the encryption the more you are protected.
However when it comes time when you must recover encrypted data all is not equal.
Encryption protects the data very well, but it also protects it from Recovery steps.
Pre-planning Your Data Recovery
It sounds like a bad plan to Plan for Data Recovery issues.
But the truth is you will loose less and pay less.
It can also stop all data loss issues al together.
All you must do is a little pre-planning.
What is the important data.
How do you store it so that it is constantly being backed up without you actually doing anything.
It sounds like a dream but you can do this.
Easiest solution is to use Online or Cloud Data storage.
They constantly backup all data for you and if you are not a medium or larger business its likely free to you.
Plan ahead and you will be very happy with the results.
The biggest change you can make is to divide your data, files, pictures, whatever into groups.
The Critical Data is then identified and easily backed up to the cloud and local storage.
Then if you cannot recover Cloud data losses you have a separate backup.
Data Recovery or Not
That is the Question.
Step 1 when you have lost data or suspected you have lost data is to verify if in fact it is actually gone.
Many times it is not, and you can waste a significant amount of time trying to recover lost data is not actually lost at all.
Even when you know its lost there are questions.
Do you in fact need that data ?
Need it enough to pay to get it recovered.
Everyone today has roughly 50 times more data than 20 years ago.
This is not 20 times more data that is vital or even important.
Don’t waste time and money on data you will never use.
Can you live without that data ?
Should you ?
This job can be made easier by prioritizing your data as you work.
Setup folder for important data, setup folders for less important data.
Backup the less important stuff annually
backup important folders weekly or monthly.
When to Not attempt Data Recovery
This is an important question many people fail to consider.
Even your time alone has a cost when it comes to trying to recover data.
There are 2 main issues to consider here.
First will the Data Recovery attempt cause more issues ?
If its not possible to extract a copy of all data before recovery efforts then you will be using your original information.
The algo’s used in data recovery will go thru ALL the data, not just what was lost.
In doing this its very possible more information could be lost and corrupted.
Can you live with that ?
If at all possible only have recovery efforts on copies of your data.
Second will the cost of recovering Data be larger than simply dealing with it ?
If the data is not of critical importance then you first need to think if you should try recovering it.
What if its lost ?
Can you keep going ?
Can you get copies of the important information ?
Do you have data backups to check ?
You may be better off simply ignoring the lost data itself and just move forward.
If you do this consider how you can have a data back up that is enough to work for you in the future.
Quick – how many phone numbers belonging to your friends and family can you remember off the top of your head?
One or two?
And how many contacts are there in your smart phone right now?
Hundreds, I’ll bet.
That is why losing your contacts can be a catastrophe, and why you should always back up your data.
Most of us, if we opened our contacts list and found it empty, wouldn’t even be able to call family members, since memorizing phone numbers is a skill we no longer use, whether we need it or not.
Creating a backup of your contacts (and all the data you have on your phone) is relatively simple.
You can choose to use a physical method, like a CD-ROM or thumb drive.
Or you can create a file and download it to your desktop or laptop.
Or you can create an account with one of the many cloud storage websites and upload your data to the cloud.
All of these are good ways to back up your data.
If you are really cautious, you should choose two methods, so that there is no likelihood of ever losing your contacts.
Hard Core Backup is by either writing them down or printing your contacts.
Its not as popular because its a PITA.
Cleanup your Data
Take the time to cleanup your Data.
Get rid of the stuff you don’t use, need, or want.
This is the single biggest thing people do not do until after they have issues.
Update your backup copy at least once a month at least.
Some people recommend once a week, but unless you are adding dozens of contacts a week its not required.
Set a reminder on your phone, take five minutes to update your backup files, and you can rest easy for another month.
Most people setup a Backup plan once they lose data.
It was a ton of work to get back up and running, you need backups.
Sadly the enthusiasm for doing data backups ends quickly.
If this happens to you, it will mean a repeat of the chaos when you loose your data again.
Suggested Data Recovery Backup Schedule
When you first start making backup copies of your data you need to make more than you will once you have the program fully running.
Okay, so you are ready to start.
Day 1 make a backup of the data.
It is always prudent to have an annual backup in your desk on a flash drive so make that as well.
Next month make your second backup but make sure its in addition to backup1 which you made last month.
In three months make a third backup and save that as well. It is Backup3.
In 6 months make backup4.
Now every 3 months you will replace the oldest backup with a new one.
To keep track of these you need to put the month and year in the backup file name.
This way you will always be replacing the oldest one.
Every 6 months you also need to update you memory stick for you desk.
That is your emergency backup.
Implementing Data Backup process
If you haven’t been prudent and created a back up of your contacts list and your phone has been damaged in some way, there are steps you can take to get your contacts back.
The first thing you need to do is stop and think.
If your phone has been dropped in water, you will need to take all the normal steps for drying the phone out before you try to do anything else with it, since using a wet phone can completely destroy all the data stored on it.
This means taking the time to dry it out completely.
Making sure to complete each step of the process so that when you are ready to try to retrieve your data.
You will be doing it with your phone in the best shape possible.
The phone may look as though it is dead, but there is a good chance that only the screen is not functioning and the rest of the phone still works.
Check this by using your USB cord to hook your phone up to a computer, a tablet, or even another phone.
If the broken phone is still viable you can recover the Data.
Select “Download all files” when the small screen opens on whatever you are downloading the files on.
Remember, though, that the phone is not working properly, and so it may take a long time for the screen to open.
Be patient and give it at least two or three full minutes.
If at that point there is no response from your phone, there is one more thing you can try.
Data Safety Preparation
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Learn how to be prepared for the next data Failure.
No matter how careful you are about backing up your devices there always seems to be one issue.
Something that fails to transfer properly from an old device or transfers with a glitch that renders it useless.
Sometimes Data just simply disappears into the ether due to a malfunction, a virus, or physical damage.
As tempting as it is to believe that the interwebz gremlins have struck again, the truth is not usually that interesting.
It is also not that irreversible nor out of our Control.
Backup your Backup:
As Hackers, Malware, and other schemes have spread over the internet they have gained significantly in sophistication.
They are smarter, sneakier, and harder to stop.
Data HighJack and Data Recovery
One particularly tuff spot to find yourself in is if your computer and Data is locked out from you in demand for a payment.
Essentially help hostage.
It is cases like this that you will be eternally grateful to open your desk drawer and pull out a Backup of your Data Backup.
Keeping your Backups current is key to them allowing you to move on without Pain or fuss.
The truth is that there is very little to be done in cases where you are locked out of your computer.
Choices are reset and wipe the device or in worst case replace the entire computer.
Recovering Encrypted Data:
Most businesses use encryption to keep customer’s personal information safe.
The Same is true for things like payment information and even personnel files.
Encryption works really well – until something goes wrong.
Backup Encrypted Data
Everyone using encryption for sensitive data absolutely must do regular data backups.
Once encrypted data is compromised in any way you have one chance, and one chance only, to retrieve that data.
Choose the Right Data Encryption
There are many good encryption programs.
To choose one to store data with make sure you understand what you need to do if something goes wrong.
Read the user manual for the software, take tutorials, Do everything they recommend.
This means that the product will work well and has a better chance of being able to cope with all problems.
Understand the limits of your encryption program and plan for the inevitable issues that will occur.
Plan for Future Data Recovery Needs
Your encrypted information will eventually have to be read by a new generation of computers.
This is not be as easy as it sounds since data storage methods change.
Imagine trying to find a computer now that can read a 3 ½” floppy disc.
Even if the hardware could be found a new computer would have trouble reading the data.
Each new generation computer means that data stored on old devices must get transferred to new ones as soon as possible.
Do this immediately to avoid losing the ability to access the data.
Encrypting your data adds another layer of difficulty to this process
If the encrypted data is scrambled in the transfer, it may be impossible to retrieve it in any coherent form.
What Happened to My Data?
Data Recovery becomes necessary when information is accidentally deleted.
Perhaps your device has been damaged or you’ve encountered a virus.
Worst of all when your device has been hacked, or you’ve encountered a software bug.
There are many different causes for data loss but there is only one aim when trying to fix it.
Recovery and Restoration of all Data.
Data Recovery Software
There are many different types of software designed to search for and recover data.
Data that has been corrupted, accidentally deleted, formatted, or fragmented can all be handled.
Choosing the right one requires that you know exactly what the problem is and what caused it.
We have used Data Recovery Services and can put you on the Same path as we used.
Don’t feel frustrated, Professionals are available to help.
You have a clear understanding of what exactly the problem is and what files or images you need to recover.
With this knowledge you can choose the right professional.
Find a local company if possible because this has many advantages.
Face to Face meetings and service in your office are all possible.
The Data is important enough to warrant all this effort we feel its justified.
Quantum Data Demise
Quantum Computing has been bugled as the answer to far more powerful computers.
The truth is that making quantum CPU’s is a fine and required first step.
Its only one of three requirements for a true Quantum Computer.
Quantum Data’s Future
Large Data files saved on larger and larger hard drives, flash drives, SSD drives or any new device.
The files themselves still get drawn thru a computer CPU to store, extract or use the information.
Permanent Data Storage
There is no such thing as truly permanent data storage.
Even the So Called “permanent Storage” will only last a few years.
Creating backups on a regular basis is Critical.
Replacing your data storage devices every few years is an essential part of long term Storage.
“Permanent data storage” refers to data storage that Retains the data with no power to the device.
For example when shutting your computer off does not lose the data that is stored on the computer’s hard drive.
It is all still there when you start the computer up again.
Permanent Storage Devices
Other examples of permanent data storage devices are CD-Roms, flash drives, external hard drives, and USB sticks.
These devices called SSD or secondary storage devices are used to store vast amounts of data worldwide.
Data Recovery Emergency Plans
A prudent business owner creates a plan for the restoration of physical equipment and infrastructure.
Do Not forget about the restoration of digital information and communication abilities.
A good disaster plan ensures that all digital files are backed up in more than one place.
The majority of businesses today use a cloud-based backup company as their primary backup system.
This is because to the ease of managing data storage and updates.
The first step in data recovery is to determine the cause and extent of the damage.
If you have a virus in your device, for instance, it will do you no good to restore your files.
With the Virus intact you will only to the Data disappear once again.
You need to be sure of what is damaged and what the cause of it is.
Know that you can find best way to go about repairing the damage in order to restore your files.
Take your device to a repair shop where they can run diagnostics on it to discover the cause of the problem.
What if I don’t feel comfortable DIY Data Recovery
If you are not sure of what you are doing it is best to hire someone to restore your data.
There are many reputable businesses out there that do an excellent job of data recovery.
They can sometimes recover information from devices that are so destroyed that you would not think anything could possibly be retrieved from them.
Those of you who are more computer-literate may prefer to purchase software that can help with data recovery.
A single mistake can irretrievably damage your files so that they can never be recovered.
It is best to realize your limitations and take your computer to an expert.
Understanding Deleted Files
Accidentally Deleted files can be recovered if the information is still on your device.
Do Not delay because it could be written over thru normal use.
What has actually been deleted is the information about where the files can be found.
With that change the space that the files are occupying is made available for storage of new data.
The problem with this scenario is that you can write over those files by doing something as simple as browsing on the internet.
These can overwrite the file you need, and it will be lost forever.
Data Recovery Programs
Loading data recovery software can inadvertently overwrite the files when you install the software.
Many people forget this and there goes the whole purpose of the software.
It all depends on the configuration of your file system.
If your files are corrupted it will be very difficult time getting them back intact.
Sometimes recover enough of the information to prevent you from having to start over from scratch.
Most of the time what you get back will be fragmented.
If only the operating system has been corrupted, though, it might be possible to connect your device to another computer.
Then you simply simply transfer the information intact, as long as the data is still in good shape.
Formatted Hard Drive and Data Recovery
Sometimes it is necessary to try to retrieve data after a hard drive has been formatted.
You would think that getting anything back at all after such a procedure would be a hopeless quest.
It is not always hopeless depending on the system format that was used.
Some types of formats overwrite less of the data than others.
For example if you have used FAT formatting it will overwrite all the deleted data with zeroes.
All zero’s makes it pretty much impossible to retrieve anything.
Different systems work in different ways, so always check on what has been used.
Certain combinations make it possible to retrieve at least some of the data.
What if my storage device was damaged ?
If your system has been physically damaged you may be surprised at the fact that there is sometimes a fairly decent chance of retrieving your data.
An Australian company managed to retrieve 99% of the data from a hard drive in 1986.
The Drive was from the space shuttle Challenger when it disintegrated while re-entering earth’s atmosphere.
Do not expect to achieve results that are quite that dramatic.
You stand a good chance of getting your files back from even a badly damaged device.
Data Recovery Cost
This is, of course, an expensive process.
You must take a damaged device to a professional in order to get your data back.
They will take the hard drive apart and replace damaged parts.
The Clean Room
You can’t do that in any ordinary environment at home.
It must be done in a “clean” room, meaning one that is climate-controlled.
A Clean Room has all static electricity eliminated as much as possible and there is no dust.
An open hard drive can be irreparably damaged by a single speck of dust so this pristine environment is essential to retrieving your data.
This is what makes the process so expensive – these rooms are expensive to build and to maintain.
Specialists who work in them are highly trained and very skilled.
That combination adds up to big bucks for those who need their services.
Keep in mind that in any situation where you are using a professional service there are challenges.
Data Recovery Security
The files that they recover may not be secure any more.
Some studies seem to indicate that around 20% of data breaches occur when hardware is in the possession of data recovery companies.
This doesn’t mean that the company is dishonest.
It may only mean that their system is not as secure as they would wish it to be.
Damaged Cell Phones
Fortunately for our Data the most common damage done to cellular phones is physical damage from being dropped.
This is good because it makes recovering your data far easier.
Devices dropped from extraordinary heights can be more challenging.
If all parts of the Cell Phone are shattered it means the cost of Data Recovery is too much.
Other types of Damage can also make the task impossible.
Phones run over by cars or ejected from vehicles in car crashes are typically also fairly simple to recover from.
Water and Fire damage, which can both occur to the same phone when a house or car fire occurs can be far more challenging.
While we can have insurance to cover the lost devices in these cases we never have insurance to cover the lost data.
What if I have an SSD Drive ?
Solid state drives are becoming more and more common and are experiencing the same data loss issues as older technologies.
The same techniques can be used to retrieve data from a solid state drive if the data has been accidentally deleted or formatted.
Physical damage is a whole different thing because the technology is still fairly new.
This means that there are fewer people trained in data recovery from solid state drives.
That alone makes it consequently more difficult to find someone to help you out.
As time goes on the process will cost less, as with all new technologies.
Best Data Recovery Plan
The best way to make sure you never have to deal with data recovery is to make sure you never lose your data in the first place.
Never lose your data again by creating backups.
Store your data on a hard drive, a flash drive, and in the cloud.
Create more than one backup, in case one fails.
Redundancy, in this situation, is a good thing.
It is much easier to simply download your data onto a new device than to try to recover it from an old, damaged one.
Depending on how important your data is, you may want to take a course on how to properly back up your systems.
These courses take you through the steps of how and why to create secure back up methods.
Learn how to ensure that your data is safely stored for as long as you need it to be.
Types of Data Storage Technologies
All over the world, we store data on the hard drives in our devices.
Many People also use the cloud, DVDs and CD-Roms, thumb drives and flash drives and external hard drives.
And yet how much do we really understand about these technologies?
A little bit of knowledge can help you to determine which type of storage technology will work best for you.
Understand the limitations of each type of data storage technology.
That will make it easier to make decisions regarding your data storage methods.
Three Levels of Data Storage
There are three levels of data storage used by computers.
The most basic one, which is RAM, or Rapid Access Memory storage.
It is referred to as volatile memory.
You will use this type of storage when accessing programs on your computer or device.
RAM is used to run programs because it is designed to have high speed but only a moderate amount of memory capacity.
Random Access Memory does not save data – it only uses what it needs to run programs.
It needs a continuous supply of energy to function.
All data that is not saved to a hard drive or other storage device will be lost if your device loses power.
Let us help guide you to Recover your Lost Data now:
We all take our devices for granted.
Confidently assuming that they will function the way they are supposed to.
That they will safeguard all of our files, pictures, music, videos, and many other things for as long as we want them to.
When the unthinkable – but inevitable – happens, though, and our devices let us down and destroy all our information.
We are deeply disappointed every time.
Don’t lament a lack of foresight (and our lack of backups) and vow to make sure such a thing never happens again.
Start backing up our next device in every way that exists.
And off we go to choose our next phone, or tablet, or laptop.
We are so busy learning how to operate this wonderful new device that we forget that one day this, too, will be an old piece of junk that will fail.
Then it will be too late to create the backups that should have been done periodically throughout its life.