What you need to know about data recovery services in Sacramento CA
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Even if you think you have a rock-solid back-up process, there’s always at least a chance that a hard drive will fail with data that you need and haven’t backed-up. Fortunately, there are data recovery services in Sacramento CA which could solve the problem for you. Here is what you need to know about them.
You need to double-check that a data recovery service actually is in Sacramento CA
Some data recovery companies will have collection points in Sacramento CA but will take the hard disks elsewhere for the actual data recovery. These data recovery services may do a perfectly good job, but the further your hard disk has to travel, the greater the risk of it being exposed to further damage or theft. Also, the further away a company is located, the harder it may be for you to enforce a contract or to sue for damages if it is negligent.
For the sake of completeness, even if you’re using a local service and taking your hard disk there yourself (as opposed to posting it), it’s a good idea to package your hard drive as though you were shipping it internationally. As an absolute minimum, put your hard drive in an anti-static bag because electrostatic discharge can cause horrendous damage to hard drives and you don’t want to make the problem any worse.
Ideally, you’ll want to add bubble wrap around the drive (use the paper sort if you want to avoid plastic) and add extra packaging to keep the hard drive secure in its (sturdy) box.
Some data recovery services will only handle standard Windows/Linux hard drives
If you have a solid-state drive and/or a Mac drive, then it’s a good idea to check in advance if any given data recovery service in Sacramento CA can actually handle it. Data recovery from SSD drives is very different from data recovery from traditional, mechanical hard drives. In fact, it’s much more difficult. This, plus the fact that SSDs are still fairly unusual means that some data recovery services will not handle them.
Similarly, Mac hard drives are very different from Windows/Linux ones plus they can be either traditional mechanical hard drives, so again always check and be prepared to specify exactly what type of drive you have.
All data recovery services in Sacramento CA should work on a no-fix-no-fee basis
If a company is unable to recover your data, all you should ever be asked to pay is the cost of post and packing if you want your hard drive returned to you. Any reputable data recovery service in Sacramento CA will be happy to analyze your hard drive for free and give you a basic, no-obligation analysis of the situation. Basically you want to know what is wrong with your drive, what the company can do to fix it, how much data they think they can recover, how long they will need to perform the work and what it will cost you.
It’s absolutely standard practice for data recovery services in Sacramento CA to offer different prices depending on how quickly you need your data. The key point is that they should only charge you anything if they meet the agreed criteria for success. This puts a stop to companies “having a go” at recovering your data and charging you for their time rather than their results. This doesn’t just waste your money, it may also waste your best chance of recovering your data.
Be clear about how your data will be returned to you
All data recovery services in Sacramento CA should make it clear how your data will be returned to you. Some may even offer a range of options of varying levels of speed, convenience and security. Whichever option you choose, it’s best if the data recovery service can keep a copy of your data until you have had a decent chance to check it and confirm that all is well.
Be aware that the data recovery process is exactly that. It recovers data. It does not usually recover folder names let alone folder structures. In fact, it’s unlikely even to recover the names of your files. Instead, what you’ll get is a collection of files with computer-generated names and the relevant file extensions.
It’ll then be down to you to make sense of this. You should aim to go through the reorganization process as quickly as possible, starting with the most important file types (assuming you know what they are). In all probability, everything will be fine, but if it’s not then, obviously, you’ll need to get in touch with the data recovery service as quickly as possible.