Your computer’s hard drive is spinning 5000 to 10,000 times a minute. It’s no surprise then that something small can go wrong and send your computer into a state that you can’t recover from.  What we tend to see at The Data Rescue Center is that these emergencies usually happen at what seems to be the worst possible time. You might be working on a presentation for work, your thesis is due or maybe you’re just really busy and the last thing you want to deal with is a major computer problem. When your computer crashes, it’s fairly quick and painful. All the files on your computer’s hard drive are potentially gone and you likely haven’t backed up in months, if not years. Remember, nowadays you keep everything on your computer: files from work, tax documents, music and gigabytes of family pictures and videos.

Where Are My Files?

The hard drive on your computer is where all your files are stored. The hard drive is a self-contained, sealed unit that contains rotating disks (unless it is a SSD solid-state drive) as well as the components that read and write the data on them. The hard drive stores all of your valuable information, even when the computer is turned off.

What Does Hard Drive Encryption Mean?

In an effort to keep your data safe from hackers or other unauthorized people, some hard drives use a technology known as encryption. Encryption is a complex mathematical process that converts the data stored on your hard drive into a form that is unrecognizable to anyone without the right key or password. This is how your computer protects you from hackers and other potential threats.  However, recovering files from an encrypted hard drive is a more complex recovery if your hard drive crashes.

Symptoms Of A Failing Hard Drive:

If your hard drive is making a clicking or grinding noise, that’s a bad sign.  Those are the sounds and symptoms of a failing hard drive and it means that you are in danger of losing all of the pictures, videos, software, and other files that reside on your hard drive. What you do in this situation is vitally important as any wrong move can mean the difference from getting everything back to getting nothing back.

Steps to prevent permanent data loss?

If your hard drive is making grinding, scraping or clicking noises, stop using your computer immediately and power it down.  This gives you the best chance at eventually getting your files back as it immediately prevents any further damage to the platters and other parts of your hard drive. A friend or relative may tell you that they have some tricks that might work but know that your best chances at a successful recovery means finding technicians that do recoveries all day, every day for decades. Anyone else will be “trying” something that will almost always cause more damage and make it even more difficult if not impossible to recover. At The Data Rescue Center, we routinely get drives sent to us that have been destroyed by such attempts and there is no amount of money that will bring them back. What might start out as an honest attempt to help may end up ruining all the data on your drive. Do not entrust your hard drive with anyone who is not a professional recovery engineer.

Find a professional data recovery service

If you ever find yourself facing a hard drive failure, there is hope, with the help of a reputable data recovery service like The Data Rescue Center. Our recovery experts are specially trained to provide a preliminary trouble-shooting of your hard drive at no charge over the phone.  In some cases it may be a simple fix that Data Rescue, our file recovery software can solve.  Data Rescue is the best data recovery software to use for recovering files from a hard drive that is NOT physically failing.  If there has been physical damage to the hard drive then it will need to be sent into our facility and be further evaluated to find out the details of the hard drive failure and cost to perform the recovery.

What to expect

At The Data Rescue Center, your hard drive will be thoroughly evaluated by our recovery engineers, and then you will receive a detailed diagnosis of the drive. We will tell you if any or all of your data can be saved, as well as exactly what we will have to do to save it.  Once we get your approval to begin the recovery, we will salvage any intact information from your hard drive and have it returned to you on a secondary hard drive as quickly as possible. Every hard drive failure is different, and there are many different varieties and sizes of hard drives. For these reasons, before any data can be recovered, a thorough diagnosis must be performed. Anything less would just be a guess.

Highly-rated and trained data recovery service

The Data Rescue Center’s engineers are trained to recover encrypted hard drives, SSDs (solid-state drives), laptops, desktops, removable media (flash drives) and RAIDs.  We offer emergency data recovery with expedited turnaround service.  Don’t trust your sensitive information and valuable files to just anybody with a website. Choose a company with a solid reputation and world-class service: The Data Rescue Center.