When to try DIY data recovery

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Have you lost your data? That's when you can try to recover files with DIY systems.

Data stored on a hard disk or on a portable device such as a USB pen drive or microSD can be recovered with do-it-yourself methods. However, it should be noted that these methods can only be used in certain circumstances and not always. In fact, in the cases of data loss caused by a mechanical problem or by a much more important problem, it is always recommended to contact data recovery experts.



The methods that can be used are obviously the use of file recovery software. On the net there are many programs that allow, through a series of operations, to recover documents deleted by mistake. When is it a good idea to attempt information retrieval with these methods? Below are some situations where you can attempt DIY recovery.

  • Data accidentally deleted from the recycle bin
  • Formatted device
  • PC with virus

If for example it was deleted a certain file from the recycle bin for a distraction, you can attempt recovery by installing special software. In these circumstances it is better not to recover the file on the same hard disk, but to save it on an external device, such as an external hard disk or a USB key, to avoid overwriting.

Another situation is when it comes formatted by mistake a device. In these cases you can use specific software that can restore some documents deleted after formatting. Also in this case the same previous advice applies, that is, better save the restored file on an external device.

Finally the do-it-yourself solutions can be performed when there is a virus on your PC. In these cases, there are a lot of software that allows you to eliminate viruses and computer threats and restore files that have been deleted and removed by the virus.



In other particular cases, yes not recommend to carry out do-it-yourself actions to recover the data. Here are just a few situations where it is best to leave the recovery to industry experts to avoid causing further damage.

  • The hard drive has crashed and has mechanical failures
  • The PC shows blue screens (BSOD) related to the hard drive
  • The hard disk makes noises
  • The PC becomes very slow to read and write files
  • SMART statistics indicate support problems

In these cases it is always better to contact experts, such as the team of , to prevent further problems. In some circumstances it is necessary to open hard drives in laminar flow hoods to replace internal components. So these are operations that cannot be performed by an ordinary person, but only by specialists in the sector with the right equipment.



When to try DIY data recovery: conclusions

If you have deleted files by mistake and your hard disk does not present any particular problems, then you can try to recover the information through the use of the software you find on the net. In other more delicate and specific cases it is recommended contact for advice. We can recover data from any device.

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