A guide to understanding computer data recovery

A guide to understanding computer data recovery

Are all lost files gone for good, or is it possible to get some of them back? Take a look at our guide to understanding computer data recovery.

We’ve all done it. You have an important file, maybe a project or presentation, maybe business documents or other important info, and then suddenly… you don’t have it anymore. For whatever reason, the data is missing from your computer and you

Need. It. Back.

First, take a deep breath. Most “lost” data isn’t truly gone, it’s just misplaced. You should be able to recover at least some of what you’ve lost.

When it comes to computer data recovery, we’ve got you covered with this guide.

Will computer data recovery work?

The answer here depends on what caused the data loss. Most of the time, full or at least partial recovery is possible. However, there are rare scenarios that render the data truly gone.

If the data was lost:

  • Due to human error (a slip of the hand on the delete button)
  • A hard-drive wipe from a virus
  • Residual virus damage

It’s typically pretty simple to recover.

If the data loss was because of:

  • Water damage
  • Fire damage
  • A physical blow to the hard drive

You may have a harder time getting back that data. There is always a chance, though, so regardless of the situation, you should seek a professional solution to see what can be done.

What to do if you’ve lost data

If nothing is physically wrong with the computer (meaning you’ve accidentally deleted a file or failed to save), it’s safe to take a look in the recycle bin or check the recovery functions of whatever program you were using.

The newer Microsoft Office programs have recovery functions that act as a fail-safe if you forget to save.

Also, the Pro version of Clean Master for PC, which only costs $29.90 per year, supports all file formats and can easily recover all of your lost files.

Now, if you suspect there is something wrong with the computer, be it a virus or a hardware problem, step one is to shut down your computer. Don’t take it apart, don’t power it up and down. Just turn it off.

Turning off the computer keeps the hardware from doing any more damage and hinders viruses from wreaking more havoc.

If your computer has taken physical damage, especially water damage or flooding, remember the story of the old woman and her half-drowned parakeet. Do NOT attempt to dry the computer out, either with heat or by taking it apart to air dry.

Preventing data loss

Once you’ve recovered your lost data, it’s time to start thinking about how to avoid this in the future.

First, back up your data to a physical hard drive, to the cloud, or to both. Multiple copies ensure that even if your computer suffers a devastating blow by a flaming boulder during a flood, you have copies of your important data.

Second, take time periodically to clean up your computer with Clean Master for PC. Doing so gets rid of harmful junk sitting in your files, waiting to cause mayhem.

Don’t panic

Douglas Adams had the right idea here. Don’t panic.

Chances are, your data is recoverable, and we’d love to help you out with our Pro version of Clean Master for PC.

For information on how to recover your lost data or how to keep your data from getting lost in the first place, contact us today!

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