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Do-It-Yourself vs. Professional Data Recovery

computer-forensicsComputers can and do fail. Sometimes, it is from a leaky capacitor, malware or simply an aging hard drive. If you have your most valuable files backed up to an external drive or a cloud server, you will be able to recover the files without any problems. However, if you are not in the habit of backing up your data, you may need to rely on a Houston managed IT services company to reclaim your imperiled files.

One thing is certain. You should never try to retrieve the data yourself. The process is complicated, and you could lose everything if you do not do it properly. The steps for recovery must be performed the right way and in the correct order. It is better to hire an experienced professional to complete the Houston backup and disaster recovery process. With anything more complicated than data recovery, such as a c++ test, you definitely need to find a professional. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could do detrimental damage to your software.

Fragile Hard Drives

Despite their name, hard drives are not hard. They are easy to open and examine, but doing so could cause more problems than you already have. If even the smallest bit of debris gets inside, your hard drive could be damaged or destroyed. Professionals will not work on hard drives unless they are in a sterile work zone meant for that purpose. If there was a lapse in your Houston network security that permitted your system to be breached by malware that froze your system, a professional will have a software application that can reverse the negative effects and restore your system to its original condition. One thing you can do to mitigate problems caused by future hard drive malfunctions is purchase yourself a backup drive to save copies of your important files to. They are pretty affordable and readily available on sites like Amazon. If you’re looking to pick one up, you may as well also check to see if you can bag one at a reduced price by seeing if there are any coupons or promo codes that you can apply at checkout. This is a good resource for such things – https://www.raise.com/coupons/amazon. This way, you may be able to stretch your money to cover the cost of a better model.


When the situation is more complicated than a malware attack, a professional has the right tools to do the job. However, having the tools is not enough to guarantee success. You also need to know what is involved in recovering data. Plus, there is a degree of skill required to perform surgical procedures on a PC or laptop. Recovery software would merely redistribute the data to different sectors of the hard drive. It is far better for a pro to examine your computer completely to diagnose the issue and repair it.

Sometimes, all it takes is to replace a cap or another part of the circuitry. Your machine might not boot up because the power supply is defective. Occasionally, the motherboard has a problem and needs to be replaced. After the board is swapped out, your hard drive will still be brimming with the data that was there when the system failed.

Good-bye Data

If you try to run some sort of disk recovery application, you might do more harm than good. Your precious data could be overwritten by the software. Once that happens, your files can never be recovered. Even if your hard drive has been damaged and is no longer functional, a professional can hook it up to a diagnostic PC and copy the imperiled files to a flash drive or another external hard drive. Then, your old hard drive can be replaced with a new one that has the same operating system. The old data can be copied directly to the new system with the same file structure that you had set up on your system previously.

If you suffered a hard drive failure or if your machine is refusing to boot, give NSC Information Technology Group a call at 713-974-3889. Our experienced, savvy technicians can come to your office, or you can bring your damaged system to us. We will give it a bench test, analyze the problem and let you know how we can fix it for you. Your data is too important to risk losing it. Let a professional computer technician handle the problem.

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