In an earlier post, we looked at two common mistakes people make when trying to repair and recover a hard drive: poor planning and lack of proper experience and equipment. Here are some more potentially hazardous mistakes.

• Partition Re-creation – Deleting a partition does not delete the data on that partition. What it does is make the data inaccessible. The data is still there; it just can’t be recognized by the computer’s file system. It is similar, in this respect, to accidental deletion. The proper action is to use a software program to retrieve the files to a new location. While this might not require a data recovery specialist, it might be good to consult someone who knows what to do. Unfortunately, some people mistakenly believe that if they just re-create the partition in this area, the data will become accessible again. However, the re-creation process can overwrite the files.

• Formatting the drive – Be careful of the error messages you might get when a hard drive has problems. Remember that these error messages are somewhat generic, and they may make suggestions that can do more harm than good. System files can become damaged, often by power failures. The system on a flash media card is often damaged by removing the card while it is still writing data. An error message may pop up, offering to format the drive. DO NOT FORMAT the drive. This will overwrite all files on the drive or media card. HDD data recovery will not be successful on a formatted drive.

If you are unsure about how to handle a RAW error message, you can contact our data recovery services engineers for guidance.