So, we have told you why a data backup and recovery plan is important in one of our previous blogs. However, what about the times when the data loss has already happened? Everyone has been through a situation when you accidentally lose your important documents or files from your computer. Remember that wicked moment of pressing ‘yes’ on the popup when you didn’t mean to?
Most of the times, there are chances that you could recover all your data that has been lost. However, to make that possible, there are certain do’s and don’ts that you need to follow until the professionals come and take the matter in their hands.
Here, we speak briefly about everything that will help you handle data loss like a boss!
1. Stop everything that you are doing.
When you realize that your data is missing, immediately stop everything that you are doing on your device. Further usage might worsen the situation by leading to permanent non-recovery.
2. Keep calm and make notes.
Understand the situation entirely and analyze what went wrong. See what you were doing when the data loss happened. Make notes of everything that has happened, whether you heard some sound from your device or smell something burn. Also, remember to note down the data capacity of your machine and what sort of files are missing.
3. Check for backups on other devices.
If you have an external backup drive, take a look at it on another computer or device and see if you can find your lost data.
4. Consult a professional.
When you cannot find the backup anywhere, inform your IT department or a data recovery expert. Hand over the notes you had made and brief them about the situation.
While some of these could seem like common sense, they are essential and might contribute to possibilities of successful data recovery.
1. Don’t panic.
Yes, we understand what data loss means, but the best you can do is stay calm. In a panic situation, most irrational decisions are made, and these could severely damage recovery options. Take a few moments and then plan your next steps.
2. Don’t use your device further.
Like we’ve already mentioned, stop everything. Don’t try and browse the internet or check the drive for missing files. It means you are writing more information on your device which will potential overwrite your lost files.
3. Don’t use CHKDSK.
Using the command CHKDSK is a strict NO. It is a command that will do everything possible to get your system working, so it runs correctly. However, while doing so, it will destroy any file that comes in its way.
4. Don’t open your hard drive.
Never attempt to do this unless you are an experienced data recovery expert. Even small dust particles can cause a disaster, destroying your data that could have been saved professionally.
So if you suspect any data loss on your devices, follow the above rules and be sure to call a data recovery expert who will help you gain back as much data as possible, if not entirely.