In most data recovery cases, there is a high chance
of recovery for all hard drive crashes immediately following
the media failure. The main variable which brings recovery
success rates down is human intervention. Home users
as well as inexperienced IT professionals who attempt
to experiment on the media unknowingly severly lessen
the chance of recovery and in many occurances end up
ruining the user’s chances of a successful recovery.
Here is a list to follow after any data loss occurance:
• Please refrain from running any software utilities
such as Norton. These uitilities more often than not
actually worsen your chance to recover your data.
• Keep the power turned off immediately following
any signs of data loss, mechanical malfunction. By turning
your machine on and off, you may actually be causing
more damage to your hard disk/mechanical components.
• Please do not allow yourself or anyone else,
IT professional included, from experimenting with your
• Do not attempt to power your computer on and
off hoping your media will just work and turn back on.
This may cause more irreversible damage to your media.
• Backup, backup and then backup again –
This simple step can easily get you back up and running
in no time. It is important to make continuous backups
of all of your vital data, documents, and programs.
• Viruses – Keep your computer updated and
protected from computer viruses. Keep a virus detection
program on your computer and keep updating the virus
information on a consistent and regular basis.
• Make sure your system has adequate RAM. This
will prevent the system from accessing the hard disk
as "cache." It is recommend that 128MBs of
RAM be used for Windows 98 or earlier versions of Mac
OS, and 256MB for Windows NT, 2000, Linux, Unix, and
Mac OS 8.1 or greater.
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