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Data Recovery Print E-mail

Data Recovery is an art as well as a science.  The art is in asking the right questions to find out what went wrong in the first place, and then choosing the right tools and methodology to recover what can be rescued.  The science is in having and using the correct state of the art software tools to carry out the recovery, and in understanding how different file systems actually store data.

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It is well known to most professional IT engineers that most apparently devastating crashes, acts of sabotage, or (more normal) moments of madness do NOT actually destroy data.  They simply destroy the path to that data used by the operating system.  At its most basic, data recovery consists of rebuilding those paths or, if this is not possible, rescuing fragments of vital files and rebuilding the files themselves.

Here is some advice to pass on to all computer users in your organisation:  after a major data loss, shut down and do not use the computer again, or even better, call us before you shut down.  The reason?  As you continue to use the machine, it gradually writes new data over the top of what you want to recover.  Even shutting down can lose data as open files are saved and closed.