The Data Recovery Process
Data recovery can be a simple process in many cases and in some cases may require exhaustive, detailed work to recover the data. However, any data recovery case typically involves the same general process for recovering the lost data:
- Evaluate the media and provide an initial determination of the extent of the damage, potential for recovery, and work involved to recover the data.
- Estimate how much work will be involved, how much data can be recovered, what steps will need to be taken, and what the cost will be to recover the data.
- Mirror any data that may be accessible to safe location if the media in question is actually phys
ically functional when it is received. Using this process increases the chances for a complete recovery and preserves the original media in case further access is required.
- Repair any electrical or physical damage that may be preventing the media from accessing the data.
- Recover the data through “logical” (software) processes that work with the raw data on the disk or drive.
- Analyze the recovered data to be sure it is intact and usable, and then provide a report of the results of the recovery (what data was recovered, what was the cause of the data loss, etc).
- Return the restored data on media of your choice as soon as possible