1. Check it really is gone
A lot of the time when people think they’ve lost their data it’s really just in a different place and it’s simply a case of knowing where to look. If you’re a windows user the first place to try is the recycle bin. If you’re on Mac check your trash, time machine settings and also make use of the very powerful search facility remembering to broaden the search for the whole machine. Failing that ask yourself did you ever share the file you are looking for? If you emailed it someone then have a look in your sent email folder.
2. Remember hard drives are permanent
If you’ve stored data on a hard drive, even after you’ve deleted it’s not necessarily completely deleted. We won’t dig into the technicalities of that here but what it means is that your data is in all likelihood still on the drive, it’s more a case of if it’s accessible or not. This is the reason why companies have their hard drives physically destroyed when they have finished with them to comply with data protection guidelines. So what does this mean for you assuming your hard drive has not been destroyed? Search for the latest data recovery tools via Google or ask us. At Trenmead we carry out data recovery and data destruction in Wembley for our customers on a regular basis but if we are honest there are more fun jobs to do which is why we would rather you do number 3.
3. Backup your data regularly!
Do this and you won’t need to recover your data. We get the fact that no one’s perfect and it’s easy not to do a backup but when things are setup well it’s also very easy to do regular backups. If you’re not sure how ask one of our IT. Support engineers in Wembley and we’ll be happy to advise on your best options. If you’re reading this article but are not looking to recover data right now ask yourself what it would be like if you lost your most important files. Are the consequences worth saving yourself from a quick chat on the phone and 10 minutes of your time setting things up? Both Windows and Mac’s have backup facilities built in so take a look at those they aren’t perfect but a great place to start and (relatively) simple to use. Cloud technology also offers a useful and safe place to store files, effectively backing them up, because they are no longer on the local storage drive but securely in a cloud, (see our article on Cloud Technology for more information) and accessible from anywhere.