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File Recovery Insights And Solutions

Looking at all the file recovery products and services out there can make even a computer savvy person wonder what to do.

To start with, you may be wondering why the cost for file recovery products can range from about thirty-five to hundreds of dollars. And then there's the service differences. Answering all the questions you're thinking about, and helping you find the right software or service is important, but first let us make certain your data is safe.

Think Safety Before Recovery:

If you're reviewing this information on the computer you want to perform file recovery on, do the following right now. The reason being is the O/S on your computer is usually functioning behind the scenes with the possibility of destroying your data permanently.

- Close down any open documents.

- Quickly write down or print this page so you have a copy to follow.

- Instead of turning off the computer, unplug it right away. FYI: You need to unplug the computer to completely stop it from running. If you turn it off, the computer may wind up overwriting your files.

What To Avoid:

Don't try to fix things by running the recovery disc from the operating system manufacturer. This software makes matters worse because it can permanently overwrite your files. Be forewarned, it's not a file recovery solution. Simply call up the maker and ask them if your data will be overwritten upon running the program. They will always reply, "Yes".

Make sure not to install file recovery software onto the same system you are attempting to retrieve files; otherwise the files you are missing could be overwritten.

Attention computer technicians: don't even install a program on a separate partition. Because there might be corruption in the file system, you risk overwriting the partition and files you're trying to get back during installation. Don't take chances. Install the program on another drive or running it from a stand-alone disk if possible.

File Recovery Utilities:

The file recovery software you need to download depends on what caused the trouble...

- Did you accidentally delete a file you need back?

- Did you lose a file, or when opening it, found it damaged?

- As you started your computer, did a blue or black screen appear with an error? Make a note of the problem.

Deleted files are easy to get back with file undelete software, which also happens to be the least expensive solution. If you run the program and still can't find the file, the file system needs to be realigned to recover the data. That means you have to download stronger and more expensive program that can do the job.

More specifically, a file recovery software that can do this will probably be around seventy-five to a little over a hundred dollars. You might even find a professional version for technicians up to several hundred.

If you still can't locate a file after running one of these high-end products, or if your system fails to boot properly in the first place, you have to call a professional file recovery service.

Professional File Recovery:

When choosing a file recovery service, find out whether they create and sell file recovery software. This is a good indication that they are among the top level companies offering file recovery service. I've been at this a long time and the pros make and sell software in addition to providing lab services.

You should also know that full-scale recovery firms only handle file recovery and data forensic cases. You'll know if they really are a professional service or a general computer technician, by simply asking something like, Can you install a reliable backup system in my office?

One More Thing:

The expression goes, it's not a matter of when you will need file recovery, but when it occurs, are you going to prepared. Taking a preventive stance is best. Protect your files in the future and avoid the recovery process again with the following tips:

- Make sure to perform daily file backups daily.

- Check monthly to make sure your back-up works because a problem occurs at least once or twice a year.

- Use the Defrag function regularly on any computer being used often. This really helps with file recovery if you ever face it again.

About Author Ken Roberts :

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Article Added on Monday, July 27, 2009
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