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How to Choose the Right Data Recovery Tools

Find and repair damaged, lost, or deleted computer files with the right data recovery tools.


  • Step 1: Know if your drive is physically damaged Know if your drive is physically damaged. Does it make a clicking noise, or restart on its own? Notice whether your operating system shows a boot failure.
  • Step 2: Know about potential data loss causes Know about potential data loss causes such as power surges, virus attacks, a hard drive crash, file system corruption, or corrupted hardware drivers.
  • Step 3: Run Windows recovery tools Run Windows recovery tools in a Safe Mode for data loss. System Restore rolls back your operating system to an earlier time when everything worked.
  • TIP: If you have no technical experience, don't attempt to use an operating system utility program.
  • Step 4: Try data recovery software free trials Try third-party data recovery software if your own data recovery software doesn't work. Use free trials of the software to determine whether the program is compatible with your operating system.
  • Step 5: Try an online data recovery service Try an online data recovery service for data loss. They may be able to restore your data remotely, but the process requires a stable broadband connection. Good luck restoring your data.
  • FACT: A forensic computer crime unit traced serial killer BTK's location through a floppy disk he'd mailed.

You Will Need

  • Operating system data recovery tools
  • Third-party data recovery software
  • Online data recovery lab

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