How to Take the Stress Out of ATA Recovery
We’ve all been there, my friend – feverously working on a hot project with a tight deadline and boom! The power goes out right in the middle of what you’re doing, taking your storage medium right along with it. Unless you were fortunate enough to be working on a battery-powered device, or someone had the bright idea of having a UPS device installed for a controlled-shutdown opportunity, you’re now in a world of hurt. Once the power is restored, you will have to evaluate the damage and recover your data. Here are a few suggestions to help you get through this storm:
Blessed Be the Pessimists – For They Hath Made Backups
With apologies to St. Matthew and to Christ, this “beatitude” is a must for any computer user who has data they need to keep. The rule of thumb on backups is anytime you’ve keyed in more data than you want to do again, backup your data. You have various options on backups; you can do them yourself, on CDs or DVDs or to a flash drive; you can use a backup service, which backs your data up into its cloud; if you’re a business with your own servers, you can mirror the primary storage device and backup to the mirror device in real-time. However you choose to do your backups, choose to do them; otherwise you are in for a long and expensive process as a recovery service tries to rebuild your data from the damaged device, with the very real possibility of not being able to get it all, due to physical damage on the device.
If you are a business that wants to stay in business, you will keep current copies of your data at an off-site facility. Depending on where you live, natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, or blizzards must be a part of your recovery planning. If another Hurricane Camille wipes out your primary office, an off-site storage of your data allows you to get up and running as soon as the infrastructure allows. Even if no natural disaster stares you in the face, fires can always happen, as well as vandalism. So, as the saying goes, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. You must keep the off-site data current, though, or you will potentially have lots of data to re-key.
Have Somebody You Can Call
While data recovery is not like catching ghosts, you do want to have somebody to call. Not the Ghostbusters, but a data recovery firm, who does this stuff all the time. Having someone you can rely on to see you through this catastrophe is well worth the money you’ll spend. Choose a firm with a proven track record, who can demonstrate to you the full extent of data recovered, and who can tell you why it wasn’t. It is probable, in the event of a head crash, you won’t be able to retrieve 100% of your data. If this happens, say a few ‘colorful metaphors’, find out what’s missing, and reconstruct it. While you’re doing that, discuss with the data recovery firm how to avoid the issue in the future.
Data recovery is a pain in the tush, no doubt about it; however, you can set yourself up in such a manner that it becomes a mild inconvenience instead of a major pain. It’s in your best interests to do so, as inevitably, you’ll get caught.