How to Perform DIY Data Recovery
Whether accidental or deliberate, you can recover your lost data by yourself. Hiring a professional to do the job for you can be quite costly and time consuming especially if you need the lost data urgently. You can lose data on your phone memory, SSD card, your computer or a Mac book. In this article however, we are going to focus on how you can recover lost data on your computer’s hard disk whether a laptop or a desktop.
What are the steps to take when performing a DIY Data Recovery?
Below are systematic DIY data recovery instructions if you are looking to recover lost data from your hard drive:
- Removal of the hard drive
The first step is to remove the hard drive from the affected desktop or laptop. For desktops, most of their hard drives are located in the CPU. To remove the hard drive, first remove the side panel that covers the desktop tower in order to access the interior parts. Here, remove the hard drive carefully and place it on a flat surface for example a table. If unsure about how to remove the hard drive, you can Google the instructions. For laptops, the hard drives are located on their bottom side. First, remove the cover (usually tightened with screws) then access the hard drive. The simplicity of doing this varies from laptop to laptop.
- Connect the hard drive to another computer that works
Using USB adapters, connect the hard drive to a working computer. Most adapters allow for connectivity of IDE and SATA to desktops and laptops hard drives. In addition to that, these adapters have an on and off switch that aids you to quickly power off the drive in case you notice that it is making weird noises soon after connectivity.
After connecting the hard drive to the working computer, power it on. Be careful to notice any unnecessary sounds that may include beeping, scratching, buzzing and clicking among other abnormal sounds. If you note none of those, you can proceed to the next step.
- Check to see of the computer recognizes the hard drive
If your computer recognizes the hard drive and allows you to open it, transfer all the files and data to your computer’s hard drive. Alternatively, you can use external hard drives or USB flash disks depending on the size of the data that you want to transfer. Always ensure that you have enough disk space for this before transferring the files.
On the other hand, if your computer only recognizes the hard drive but does not allow you to open it and view the files and data available in it, you should shut down the computer as fast as possible. This will prevent your computer from freezing or crashing. Mostly, the main cause of this is mechanical failure from the inserted hard drive. It is important to note that continuous attempts to recover data from the hard drive might prove more futile and may lead to you making the files and data completely unrecoverable.
At this point, now that you do not want to hire a professional to recover the data for you, you only can try to recover the data using data recovery software.
How does data recovery software work?
This software is designed to retrieve data from already failed or failing hard drives. With good data recovery software, you can retrieve data that you accidentally deleted or the data you lost while formatting your hard drive. However, you cannot use the data recovery software to recover data from a physically damaged hard drive.
- Download the data recovery software
If you opt to try out the data recovery software option, you should first download it from the internet. Mostly, you will be required to pay some amount. If that is the case, first verify that the software is legitimate before paying.
- Scan the drive with the software
Most data recovery software comes with instructions. Follow them keenly. Scan the drive that you wish to recover data from and save the results. From here, you can open the scan results and see if you can recover the lost data. It is important to note that you should be careful not to install the recovery software in the drive that you want to recover data.
DIY data recovery is not a hard process depending on the type of the lost data. By following the above steps, you can be able to recover all your lost data especially those that you accidentally deleted or formatted.