How to choose the best hard drive data recovery service in Sacramento CA

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In theory, hard drive failures should never be an issue because everyone should always be able to restore from a backup. In practice, the world doesn’t work like that. Sometimes hard drives fail between backups. Sometimes the backups haven’t been successful and nobody spots the failure until the backup is needed. Sometimes the same problem disrupts both a hard drive and its back up.

The good news is that data can often be recovered. Hard drive data recovery is, however, a very specialized task, which is usually best left to experts. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to choose the best hard drive data recovery service in Sacramento CA.

Check that a hard drive data recovery service actually is in Sacramento CA

Ideally, you want to use a hard drive data recovery service which is both legally and physically based in Sacramento CA. When a company is legally based in your locality, it means that your local laws (and courts) will govern the transaction. This can make your life significantly easier in the event of a dispute. When a company is physically based in your locality, you minimize the distance your hard disk (read your data) has to travel and hence reduce the risk of it being further damaged and/or stolen.

How to Choose Hard Drive Data Recovery Service

It should be fairly easy to see if a hard drive data recovery service is actually legally based in Sacramento CA. You just need to check the company’s headquarters on its website. It may be more of a challenge to see if a hard drive data recovery service is actually physically based in Sacramento CA. The reason for this is that hard drive data recovery services sometimes present drop-off points or customer-service points as though they were data recovery labs.

Basically, the more locations a company advertises, the more likely it is that a significant percentage of these will be just drop-off points where you can take your hard disk for forwarding to a proper data recovery lab. At best they may be customer service centers which can do some low-level repairs with software. They are highly unlikely to be real data recovery labs because these are so expensive to set up and maintain that even the biggest companies will only have a few of them. As always, if in doubt, check, and if the answer really matters, get it in writing.

Check what types of hard drive they can handle

At present, most hard drives are still traditional, mechanical hard drives. If you have a solid-state drive then it’s strongly advisable to check in advance that any given hard drive data recovery service in Sacramento CA can actually handle these as they need very different treatment from regular mechanical hard drives. Likewise, if you have a Mac, check if a hard drive data recovery service can handle your disk. This may depend on whether it’s a traditional mechanical hard disk or an SSD as Macs can have either.

Check their recovery procedure and billing process

Any reputable hard drive data recovery service in Sacramento CA will be happy to give you a free, no-obligation quote. This should set out what they think is wrong with your hard drive and how they propose to fix it. In particular, it should tell you whether or not they think they can fix the issue with software or if they’ll have to repair the hard drive. The hard drive data recovery service should indicate what percentage of your data they think they can recover, in what time frame and at what cost.

It’s quite common for hard drive data recovery services to offer a range of pricing options depending on how quickly you need your data recovered. They should, however, always work on a “no-fix-no-fee” basis.

Walk swiftly away from any company which wants to charge you for its effort rather than its results. This is a bad idea at the best of times. It’s even worse with hard drive data recovery services because data recovery is often a “one-shot deal”. In other words, if someone tries to recover your data and fails, you might not get a second chance to recover it no matter how much you offer to pay.

Check how your data will be returned to you

Some companies may have various options for returning your data to you again depending on how quickly you need it and how sensitive it is. Ideally, they should keep a copy of it until you have confirmed that you have received everything and that all is well.

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