At some point or other it is likely that you’ll end up losing data in some form or other – whether you accidentally deleted a file, it was corrupted, or your hard drive failed and was damaged. While it is true that in many cases it is possible to recover data that is lost, it isn’t something that you should rely on and if you want to really guarantee data recovery your best bet is to back up your data.
Assuming you’re dealing with important data and files, the last thing you’d want is for them to be lost permanently. That is why simply attempting to recover data that is lost is never ideal – as there are too many things that could go wrong and result in that data being lost for good.
On the other hand if you have a backup then you can recover data that has been lost from it. Of course in order for that to be a viable option the backup needs to fulfill certain criteria:
- It should be up to date
If you are relying on backups to recover lost data then they should be constantly kept up to date. The requirements for that differ, and while some people backup weekly or monthly if you’re dealing with extremely critical data you might want to backup more regularly than that.
- It should be verified
The last thing that you want is to restore data from a backup only to find that something was wrong with the backup and the data you need isn’t there. That is why you should verify your backups to ensure that they contain the right data and can be used to recover any that is lost.
- It should be stored in a safe location
Regardless of the shape or form your backup takes, it should be stored in a safe (and often separate) location. Keeping a backup on a secondary hard drive connected to the same PC is far from ideal, as damage or disasters could affect the entire PC and render it unusable.
If your backups fulfill that criteria, they should be an excellent way to recover lost data. That being said sometimes despite your best efforts something may go wrong with both your hard drives and your backups, in which case you can then turn to data recovery from professionals like KrollOntrack to help you restore anything that is important. Additionally you may want to make use of other redundancies as well such as RAID drives to help provide extra layers of protection that could prove to make a world of difference and help keep your data as safe as possible.