If you own a business, your company relies on your computers to function. If your hard drive crashes and you do not have a backup, all of the data in that machine is gone forever, along with any chance of recovering it without paying for professional services. Thankfully, there are many options available for finding the best data recovery services because you want to get data back up and running as soon as possible.
The first step for Salesforce data backup and recovery is to hire a reputable service that has received positive reviews from other customers. You also need to ask for references for previous clients so that you can call someone who has used their services before and hear about their experience firsthand. The last thing you want is to pay too much money or get unsatisfactory results, and spending a little more time on this step will ensure that you get the best possible service.
Why do hard drive crash?
There are numerous reasons why your hard drive might crash, and some of them can be repaired without having to resort to paying for professional services. If there is no physical damage when you turn it on, you can use software that scans for errors to find the problem. There are also options available for finding data recovery by yourself if your machine has been exposed to water or if even one microscopic bit fell off of the platters.
However, not every issue can be fixed without hiring someone who knows what they are doing inside of a cleanroom laboratory to perform deep scans on the drive. In some cases, you might need to take out specific components and get them professionally cleaned before they can be scanned at all. If your data is crucial, hiring a professional service will ensure that it is recovered promptly without dealing with the lengthy process of trying to fix it yourself.
You need to do whatever it takes to get back up and running as soon as possible if your hard drive crashes because failing to pay your bills or losing your inventory could put your entire business in jeopardy. Asking professionals for help when it comes to getting all of this data back will ensure that you never lose access again so that you can focus on what matters most: maintaining your company.
How-to: data recovery
Some circumstances might lead to losing valuable data. Any data loss situation can be highly distressing and frustrating. By following the steps outlined in this article, you should recover your files with relative ease and minimal downtime. During a data recovery process, you must remember not to save any new files onto the drive. If you do so, this will overwrite whatever information is still there, making it more difficult or even impossible for the application to find what's left of the deleted file(s).
Data on hard drives are stored on rigid platters inside magnetic fields. When a file is deleted from your computer, the raw file bytes are marked as free space but remain intact until new information needs to be stored on the disk. As soon as new files are written to the drive, the old data is overwritten with new information and becomes unrecoverable.
Several command-line tools are available for recovering lost data on Mac OS X machines like Disk Drill (freeware) or Data Rescue (commercial). If you intend to recover your files via third-party undelete utilities, which happen to cost you money, then at least use one that claims to recover "deleted" files rather than just any type of file. Many software types support recovery from USB flash drives, SD cards, and other styles, so it's always worth checking even if you think you lost your data locally.
If instead of using a commercial solution, you would rather prefer a free alternative, then you will have to download ddrescue (Linux users only).
This tutorial covers how you can use the Disk Drill recovery software for Mac OS X.
What you need
Portable devices like USB sticks and external hard drives usually don't require any special treatment before beginning data recovery procedures and can be plugged into your machine and start scanning immediately. But if the drive you intend to recover data from is inside your computer, take out the drive and attach it via an adapter which should be included in the package of your device. If it isn't there, make sure to buy one that fits your particular type of drive (SATA or IDE) beforehand because we need to connect it to your machine separately for this procedure.
Download and install the Disk Drill data recovery app once you have all of the necessary equipment in place. This is a free trial you can download from here: http://www.diskdrill.com/download/. The file size is around 40 MB, so it won't take long to download if you already have it (highly recommended).
Launch the Disk Drill software and go to the "Recover" section, select "Partition Recovery," then click on the "Scan" button at the bottom right corner of the window:
You'll see a new window showing the progress of disk scanning, and if found, partitions show up under gray-check marks in this list. Select the recovery mode for your drive and click on the "Next" button:. After clicking on "Next," you'll see a message saying that files may be deleted now as part of the recovery process. Click on "Proceed" to continue:
This next step is critical as this will tell Disk Drill which types of files it should or shouldn't try to restore from your drive. To prevent any potential data overwriting, we need to ensure that only files with corresponding file extensions are selected for recovery. When going through the list, remove all checkmarks except those for the file formats that match your lost data exactly (jpg, png, etc.). If you're unsure about the exact file type, leave it to the "All supported file formats" option.
Now go ahead and select the drive you're recovering files from in the upper right corner of the Disk Drill window. If there are any other devices present on your machine, make sure that the one you want to recover data from is selected before clicking on the "Next" button:
This step is crucial because if you don't set the correct path (and possibly file name) for where recovered files should be saved, then they will most likely end up inside a system folder like Macintosh HD or be lost among hundreds of thousands of files inside your user directory (/Users/username).