You have accidently hit the delete button and your critical data is gone, or you saved a file and have no idea where it went. After that initial moment of panic and terror fully sinks in, you ponder your options. Maybe the data isn’t really gone? What if I call an IT specialist and try to explain the situation? Maybe there’s still hope!
The fact is, it doesn’t really require that much explanation because this is one of the most common phone calls that IT specialists receive. It happens all the time. In fact, over 25% of all data recovery requests are the result of someone accidentally clicking delete or losing a file. With the amount of data that each of us uses and stores every day, it’s an increasingly common problem.
Don’t Panic, Try These Easy Steps
Before you call in the IT professionals, try these easy steps and attempt to recover the accidentally deleted or lost data on your own:
Welcome to the IT Recovery RoomIf you tried the simple solutions with no luck, then it may be time to take more serious measures. Sometimes, recovering accidently deleted files can be an operation best left to your technician. IT professionals use Data Recovery software to examine your computer’s hard drive for the remnants of lost and deleted files. The software program can often find the data and return it to a usable format.
Of course, if you are regularly backing up your data, lost and deleted files can be located by your IT professional accessing your backup, locating the missing information and restoring the files to your computer. However, your backup will only contain the information that was last saved to the backup location, so it is critical that you have a reliable backup solution in place.
What If Your Files Are Still Missing?Sometimes, even IT professionals can’t work miracles. It’s always possible that an accidently deleted file can’t be retrieved. Don’t get discouraged yet, there’s still hope. Even IT professionals sometimes need to go to the next level and call in data recovery companies that specialize in these more difficult situations.
Geeks On Call’ works with an industry leading forensic data recovery company that is capable of working on devices such as:
Try an Ounce of Prevention with a Backup SystemLike the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Be proactive about protecting your data. Don’t wait for an accident or disaster to strike. Commit to a tested and reliable backup system for both your business and personal data. If you need help recovering a deleted file, or more serious data recovery services, or assistance in establishing a reliable backup solution, call Geeks On Call and one of our technology professionals can help you.
ES- Owner/operator of Computer Troubleshooters MB