The most common data storage device is the hard drive, and hard drives are usually extremely reliable devices. However, many people tend to take data storage for granted, and only when a serious data loss has occurred do they suddenly become aware of the value of doing backups. If your data is valuable, treat it as such – keep a copy of it somewhere completely distant from where it is usually stored, even if it means hiring storage space on the Internet somewhere as remote as Alaska, keep a backup. If you do happen to have suffered a data loss, there are data recovery specialists to assist you. Intratec currently has branches in Cape Town, where they started up in 2000, Johannesburg and Durban. Data recovery specialists can recover files and data from all of the more common operating systems.
Keep an eye and ear open for possible impending hard drive crashes. If your computer starts making funny groaning sounds, if you start to get disk error messages or if the hard drive doesn’t show up when you boot up – make a backup, straight away. Computers are usually very reliable, but sudden dips or surges in power can play havoc with a hard drive. If a disk suddenly loses power when it is writing it can become completely unreadable – that’s when you need to call in data recovery specialists. If you know your way around a computer, it is possible for you to attempt to recover the lost data yourself – there is plenty of software available on the Internet to assist you. If in doubt though, call in Intratec data recovery specialists.