Draw up a list of companies which meet your basic criteria
There are two key points to keep in mind here. First of all, data recovery has two meanings. First of all, it can mean storing your data in such a way that it can be easily recovered should the need arise. Companies engaged in this aspect of data recovery would typically offer services such as managed cloud storage and/or storage in an offline vault. Secondly, it can mean recovering data from damaged physical media, such as hard drives. For SMBs it is often best to look for a partner which can do both, as this can make life simpler.
The second key point is that you really need to check whether a data recovery service actually is in Sacramento CA. This is particularly important for recovering data from physical media. It’s not unusual for data recovery services to describe themselves as having business premises in Sacramento CA, when what they actually mean is that they have drop-off points in Sacramento CA. These then send the media (usually drives) to proper labs which do the actual work. This, of course, raises issues about protecting your hard drives while they are in transit and also about the fact that you might need to file a dispute in an out-of-state court.
Do some background checks on the companies
It may seem strange to put this step next on the list, but it can save you a lot of hassle further down the line. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a company to take care of your data or one to recover it from damaged storage media (typically hard drives), you need somebody you can trust. Ideally, you want to work with a company which has been around for a while. That’s generally a good indicator that it knows what it’s doing.
Although this may seem counterintuitive, a company having been in business for a long time, especially in IT, is usually a good indicator that they stay on top of the latest developments in their industry niche, because otherwise they get left behind and ultimately go out of business. This matters a lot in data recovery, because it’s very much a “right first time” industry.
For example, in the context of storing data for later recovery, any errors in the upload process can, at best, cause the data to become corrupted and therefore slow down the restore process. At worst it can cause the data to be lost beyond recovery. In the context of recovering data from hard drives (or other storage media), generally, the first attempt has the best chance of success.
It’s also worth noting that the exact chances of success often depend partly upon the condition of the data and partly upon the condition of the hard drive. This is another argument for minimizing the distance between the client and the data recovery service and hence specifically looking for a data recovery service in Sacramento CA.
Get clear information on their processes and pricing policies
If you’re looking for a data recovery service in Sacramento CA to store data for you so that it can be recovered easily, then you want details of where exactly it will be stored (if it’s in the cloud then you want to know where the cloud servers are located) and how they ensure it is preserved safely.
If you’re looking for a data recovery service in Sacramento CA to recover data from damaged storage media, then you want to double-check that the necessary work is actually undertaken in Sacramento CA, rather than the hard drive being sent to another location for processing. You also want to ensure that the hard drive is stored in a location which meets ISO 5 Cleanroom standards and that it is physically secure.
Not to put too fine a point on the matter, if data is worth recovering then it may also be worth stealing. This is another argument in favor of preferring established companies. The fact that they have stayed in business for a long time indicates that they can manage their security and by extension the security of their clients’ data.
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