Digital storage media are quite fragile when compared to photographic prints, as users generally make a single copy before deleting the main file. If you lose the single yet precious copy you had made, what would you do? In my experience it is one the worst feeling in the world. I know all about it, since I have been through it. Which is why I want to share a well-known secret with you, and that is a way to recover your lost data and photos. But before we get on it, you need to learn what data recovery is, and how will it help you.
Data recovery is one of the easiest way to recover lost photos, from any source of media storage device. It works in situations that involve accidental deletion, system failure, malware attacks, physical failure, power failure, etc.
About Data Recovery
Recovery of data such as images, videos, and other files can be performed on a number of storage media such as hard drive, USB, solid state drive, internal hard drive of laptop or desktop, flash memory drive, SD or memory cards, etc. All these devices have one thing in common, that their core system is based on electronic equipment that might get damaged, abruptly fail, or stop working, which means all your stored data will be compromised. The beauty of data recover is, that it will be able to recover your files successfully even when your drive is inaccessible, or has stopped working.
About Data Loss
It is equally if not more important to understand the process of data loss, when looking for data recovery. The term “Data Loss” is at times misunderstood, and results in an unsuccessful recovery process, or permanent data loss. Which is why you need to understand that simply deleting a file from your PC does not mean it has been permanently deleted. Simply check your recycle bin, and you will be able to see all your recently deleted files. Right click on the file you wish, and click on restore. This simple process will restore your file.
Now, in a data loss situation the file is no longer located on the device, or is inaccessible. There are a number of reasons why such a situation might occur, it can be logical or physical. Which means you will be unable to access a single file or the entire drive.
What Causes Data Loss
There are two main causes of data loss:
- Logical Failure – mostly seen, but is not limited to in traditional hard drives, logical failures can also occur in modern hard drives. In such a situation you won’t be able to access the drive itself, but will be able to see the file under Disk Management of BIOS. A complete system corruption, registry damages, and OS failure are the top contributing factors in logical failure. Which means you will not be able to access your content. The good news is, that all the files are undamaged, so you will be able to recover them easily. There are a number of recovery programs that will guide you through the process.
- Physical Failure – often refers to permanent failure of the storage drive, which occurs due to physical damage. A physical failure prevents access to the device itself, and you will require the help of an expert system, and some understanding of the matter to recover what is left of your files. Keep in mind that this is an elaborated problem, and if you go about it the right way, you will be able to recover all your files. However, in my opinion you should not take the risk and hire a recovery expert to help you gain your valuable files back.
Data Recovery Process
Data is stored on hard drive platters, which are made using metal oxides. These drive plates spin at the rate of 800 to 1500 RPM, and the reads writes arms on the device reads or writes data from a close distance to the surface. If the reads writes arms fail, it can lead to permanent damage to the data and photos, which makes these files non-recoverable. With time, manufacturers have tried to keep up with the demand of compact storage devices, so the device would be able to hold more storage capacity. This process has made the data recovery process time consuming, and more complex.
When you delete a file from any storage device, instead of deleting itself permanently, it continues to exist on the side of the storage device. So when you use a data recovery tool, you will be able to recover the file. As the data recovery process runs an algorithm that works like a deep scanner, it is able to capture all the files that were deleted. Which means you will be able to view some part of the file before the file is completely recovered.
In some situations the files you are trying to recover can be heavily damaged, or a virus could have modified the content of the file. In such cases even some of the most advanced data recovery tools will be unable to detect them. In my opinion you should consult a recovery expert, who might be able to locate and recover your data and photos.