When a business has serious computer issues, it can result in a serious loss of money and time, unless you have a backup recovery system. Computers have become the core instrument for storing business data. If the computer system that is being used breaks down, then that business can come to a virtual standstill. This is why it is important for a system to be in place to recover deleted files. No one likes having to recreate information and work that has been previously done. Unfortunately, unless a recovery method is implemented, most times this is what has to happen.
If valuable information is lost and no backup recovery system has been put into place to protect the data, then there still may be a way to recover files. Depending on the type of damage that has been done, a professional data recovery service may be able to retrieve the lost information. While there is never any guarantee that information can be recovered, professionals who are skilled in recovering lost information will have a better chance of retrieving the files. It may require specialized software used in data recovery or replacing computer and/or hard drive components. But if steps are taken to properly back up the data in the first place, then these methods may never have to be used.
It all boils down to the fact that having a backup recovery system in place can save your business a huge amount of time and money. If you are able to retrieve the lost information yourself, without the assistance of outside help, then the cost is usually very minimal. Another factor that makes keeping backups so attractive is the lack of effort in retrieving or in some cases, duplicating the work. Taking the steps to protect valuable data before a disaster strikes will save both time and money in the long run.
Removing data from a hard drive, permanently, is something that sounds an awful lot simpler than it proves to be in reality. As we all know deleting a file does not remove the file or its content from the hard drive permanently, data recovery companies can normally aid in the recovery of such files, no doubt other less scrupulous individuals are equally capable of such recovery feats.
So if it is so hard to remove private data from an old hard drive what exactly should you be doing to ensure your data has no risk of getting into the wrong hands?
To put it simply there is no safe and easy way of ensuring that data is permantly eradicated from a hard disk or any other form of storage medium in reality. That doesn’t mean however that it can’t be done.
Data can only be considered completely erased when it has been overwritten several times, each time using a different method. The level of overwriting usually considered to guarantee that data has been successfully erased is a seven pass overwriting method using software or manual processes that adhere to the DoD 5220.22-M standard for data erasure.