When your hard drive fails and you can’t access your important files, you may experience a moment of panic. Luckily, there is a good chance you can get that data back.
Depending on the issue you’re experiencing with your hard drive, file recovery services and software exist to help with accidental data loss.
Below we cover the two types of hard drive failure, your data recovery options, and how much you can expect to pay to get your precious data back.
Types of Hard Drive Failure
Accidentally Deleting Files (Logical Failure)
This can happen a variety of ways—you accidentally move a file to the trash and clean out your trash bin, your files are corrupted, or you accidentally reformat the wrong drive.
If this is the case you can probably recover your information yourself with a little help from some file recovery software. However if you have accidentally deleted a large volume of data, reaching out to a professional may save some time and hassle. It will also ensure that your files are recovered correctly.
Malfunctioning Hardware (Mechanical Failure)
These issues can be complex and will require help from professionals. You can do some initial research to try to diagnose the issue based on the symptoms you see. Maybe your hard drive starts up but your computer can’t access it, or your hard drive won’t start up at all.
You can use this guide to hard drive recovery to try to diagnose the issue with your drive if it seems to be experiencing a hardware failure. Be aware that trying to fix a hard drive with mechanical issues can be dangerous, so it’s best to have an expert perform the recovery process.
DIY Hard Drive Recovery
How DIY Recovery Works
- Shutdown your machine to avoid further data loss.
- Remove your hard drive from the current machine.
- Connect your hard drive to a different machine as a secondary hard drive.
- Purchase file recovery software (there are free and paid options) and install it on the working hard drive.
- Follow your software’s directions and start the scan and recovery process (this can take anywhere from several hours to several days).
- Clean up and reorganize your data (recovered data will not be organized as it was initially).
How Much DIY Recovery Costs
$100–$300, plus the cost of time. The cost to perform data recovery yourself includes the price of software and possible additional hard drives. You should also consider the lost time it will take you to do research and perform the work yourself.
There are considerable added risks to performing data recovery yourself. Especially if you’re inexperienced and performing this task for the first time.
Hard Drive Recovery Services
How Recovery Services Work
- Contact Record Nations at (866) 385-3706 or fill out the form on the page.
- We connect you with local specialists and get you several free customized quotes from service providers in your area.
- Choose the service option that meets your project and budget needs. You can ship your hard drives to your service provider, drop them off, or have them picked up
- Receive your recovered data.
- Cleanse, validate, and reorganize your recovered files.
How Much Recovery Services Cost
$500–$2,500, depending on what is wrong with your hard drive and how much data was lost. Record Nations will get you several free, no-obligation quotes so you can estimate the cost of your data recovery needs.
DIY vs Hard Drive Recovery Services
Ultimately the decision on how to recover your data comes down to a few factors:
- Is the issue mechanical or logical?
- Which do you value more: convenience or cost?
- Do you have the time/knowledge to perform this work on your own?
If you are experiencing mechanical difficulties it’s best to have a professional perform the dirty work. Either way, you may find that sending your hard drive to a specialist is the safest, most reliable way to ensure you get your data back.
Data loss is not a fun or cheap experience. To decrease the risk of losing your data, it is highly recommended that you use a solid data backup solution. Whichever format you choose to backup your data (physical files, cloud storage, backup tapes) Record Nations will help you find a provider near you.
Need a Professional to Recover Your Data? Record Nations Can Help
Whether you are looking to backup your data to prevent data loss before it happens, or if you are in need of a data recovery specialist, Record Nations will help you find a solution. Call us at (866) 385-3706, fill out the form, or contact us directly using our live chat to get in touch with local professionals. We will get you several free quotes so you can choose the service option that best meets your needs.