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Investing In The Right Data Recovery Methods

Published on 27 March 14

There is no denying the fact that data is indeed the foundation to most business operations. Around the world, corporations and individuals regularly invest in the best possible data collection and management systems. There is also the fact that data is susceptible to:

- Loss

- Theft

- Damage to physical storage devices

- Becoming inaccessible to its users

- Succumbing to various man-made and natural disasters.

It is a small wonder then, that corporations and individuals are equally keen on investing in the best possible data recovery methods and technologies.

Decisions to be made

Investing in the right kind of data recovery methods must begin with a few decisions. The most important are:

- The amount of data that needs to be stored - both now and in the future

- Budgetary constraints

- Method of recovery - whether it is a software, hardware or cloud-based recovery system

- Whether you plan to use free or paid data recovery tools.

Type of failure

Your choice of data recovery method will also need to take into account the type of failure or data loss that has occurred. Most commonly, data salvage needs to take place due to the following most common reasons:

- hard disk drive failure

- failure of the operating system

- damage to storage devices such as CDs and USB devices

- loss of data due to a virus or other malware infection

Also more often than not, recovering your data can be done with either software or hardware-based methods. Some cases may require the deployment of both of these methods.

Open source tools

Many companies offer some very powerful open source tools that can help you in your data recovery endeavor. Most of these tools offer benefits such as:

- user friendliness

- A range of recovery methods that can include recovery of boot sectors and lost partition

- Portability of the tool which can allow you to deploy it from multiple systems and locations


When it comes to investing in the right kind of data recovery methods then being on time is critical. Ideally, you should be testing recovery methods and procedures before you actually need them. While you are setting up your data storage and backup systems, look for the best possible recovery systems and test it to make sure it works. This will give you adequate time and information to become familiar with the recovery methodology and deploy it well in advance of any real world failures.