Today, we bring you a concise guide on data recovery, with emphasis on its importance and application.
It’s general knowledge that every device hosts a database (storage); and every database or storage is liable to compromise and data loss. Hence, data recovery is of utmost importance to every smartphone or computer user.
However, it’s quite surprising that not enough attention is being given to this issue; given the fact people lose tons of data, worth millions of dollars daily.
Therefore, this piece seeks to enlighten you on what data recovery is about, particularly how to apply it, should the need arise.
What is data recovery?
Data recovery simply refers to the restoration of lost, encrypted or inaccessible data. A data or file could easily be lost or rendered inaccessible by system corruption, file damage, cyber attack or even accidental deletion. When this happens, such data needs to be restored as soon as possible.
Recovery of data could be from internal storage hubs like HDDs and SSDs; or it could be from external (removable) storage media like USB drives, CDs/DVDs, tapes and SD cards among others. However, the recovery technique in either category differs due to a number of reasons; ranging from device OS, storage partition and cause of data loss among others.
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Furthermore, most incidences of data loss are caused by human error, rather than by external attacks. Hence, a typical PC owner is bound to encounter data loss at one point or another.
How to recover lost data
The tool(s) and technique(s) to employ are wholly dependent on the storage media and the scenario of data loss. Nonetheless, most standard recovery tools are widely applicable to several scenarios – ranging from data lost to accidental deletion to those lost to file corruption or damage.
However, it should be noted that data lost to corruption/damage requires initial repair before recovery. Data repair or file repair refers to data which has been severely damaged or corrupted and cannot be opened by any subsequent program. Here data repair tool comes into scenario to rebuild the structure of targeted files and make it reusable and accessible again.
You might be in urgent need to recover data from any hardware storage system or any of the application software you are using on your PC.
After successful data repair, an encrypted and inaccessible data requires decryption before recovery. For instance, I struggled myself to recover data from my corrupt Outlook file. I discovered a standard recovery tool, Stellar Repair for Outlook and got my corrupted PST file fixed.
Ultimately, to facilitate data recovery, your best bet would be to back up all relevant data to the cloud. So, should you lose data on your primary storage, recovery is made easy.
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