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Modern systems are dependent on electronic storage to move, transmit and recall data.

Tragically, these system storages aren’t foolproof and are susceptible to environmental elements and damage like any device.

Molds, dust, and water can damage equipment destroying hours or even years of work. Human error, such as accidental deletion of data is also a primary factor.

A malfunction in equipment can cause thousands of dollars lost, and wasted time and energy. Depending on the industry affected, data loss can have far-reaching domino effects.  

For any industry that relies on a computer to manage its system backup is a saving grace. Rely on backup and keep it in mind in each process so you can move forward with some success after going through an accident or disaster involving your data systems.

Accident/Disaster

When data recovery failure strikes the first step to do is get a fresh new hard drive. New drives are more reliable and continuing to use the old ones will mean risking more data loss.

  • Once you have installed your new hard drive reload your operating system on it while assigning your original drive as the slave drive (secondary drive). The point here is for you to find out the reason for your original drive to crash.
  • The next step is to restore your data. You can try to recover your old data by using a data recovery software. This software is designed to get data from your original drive.

You may not be able to recover everything and recovery is limited to only what is recoverable. If data is too damaged you will have to rebuild data from scratch.

Be aware that you have to follow each step with precision and any misstep can cause you to lose more data and create more damage in your system.

Make sure you have the technical ability and know how to cover each step. Even if all hope seems lost it is always worthwhile to recover even a small bit of data.

Flood/Water Damage

Hard drives are physical devices which are susceptible to damage from the elements. When floods or hurricanes strike your computers may become one of the items that get hit or submerged in water.

Electronics and water never go well together so there is a huge chance that your system has already obtained some damage.

Time is not on your side. What you can do is to quickly get your hard drive out of the computer making sure all peripherals are unplugged.

It may sound counterintuitive but don’t dry your hard drive! Don’t use a hair dryer or leave it out on the sun! Don’t rinse or clean your hard drive without the proper tools and solutions!

The proper way to store a hard drive after contact with water is to wrap it in a paper towel and put it in an airtight bag, eliminating as much air as possible.  

Never attempt to open the hard drive as well as hard drive have sensitive parts that may get damaged. After contact with water handle your hard drive as safely as you can.

The next step is to take your hard drive to a specialist and they will examine if data is still recoverable or if your hard drive hasn’t shorted.

Data can still be recovered from your hard drive provided that water damage isn’t extensive.

Fire/Smoke Damage

Any establishment is susceptible to fires. If your computer systems are among the items that have been razed by smoke or fire there is still some chance of recovering data.

Hard drives have a remarkably sturdy design and if some important component remains intact other parts can be replaced and data can be more or less recovered.

In the hard disk drive, the head alignment-the readers have to be perfectly located over the data. Distortions to this alignment keep the hard drive from retrieving.

The heads and controllers should be properly aligned and in case it gets destroyed it’s a long process to realign data and replace the head.

It requires trial and error and taking spare parts from a new drive to get the retrieval process underway. Data is still usually intact after rebuilding parts of the hard drive.

For SSD (Solid State Drive) as long as the microchips are intact there is always a chance for recovery.

Preventing Further Damaging

For any disaster that may have affected your computer systems, there are some industry tools that prevent further damage.

Air movers offer high-velocity airflow and fast drying. Air movers are great in repairing water damage. Commercial dehumidifiers and air scrubbers are great tools in keeping work areas where you keep your computer systems dust and mold free.

It’s always good to know how to handle electronic equipment in an emergency. If you don’t have the technical ability always get a specialist to prevent further damage so you can restore your data a future time.

 

 

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