The usefulness of data recovery tools is often overlooked by PC users because they don’t really feature in daily computing. But when data are lost especially crucial data, these very users will literally `worship’ them as they want the data recovered.
But like they say “prevention is better than cure’, so it’s best to nurture the habit of backing up data regularly. But if you too lazy for that then make sure you have access to data recovery tools in case an emergency hit and your work is paralyzed.
But shopping for data recovery tools can be very confusing because there are so many vendors who claim to have the `best product in the world’ and the offerings are huge. Some profit-centric vendors even split up their utilities and offer them as separate units in order to make more money.
Before looking for a recovery tool, see if the lost data is still in the recycling bin. This advice may sound absurd to some but when one panicked we may forget to look at the recycle bin. Another thing to do is try to use the Windows built-in search function and look for the lost or missing file. Most files are located in the primary drive, often referred to as the C: drive.
If you have tried to look at both these places, then you have two options left – get a data recovery tool or send your PC/laptop to a data recovery professional.
Doing it your own is cheaper and the tools are all software that can be purchased online. Most offerings have a friendly user interface and no rocket science knowledge is needed to operate them.
Go for those free data recovery tools first. Most of the time they are not as powerful as the commercial ones, but you have got nothing to lose. So, try them out first and see whether it can recover your data. For all you know, your problem could be a simple task only. So, try them out first.
Some commercial recovery tools allow you to use them for a certain period of time before you need to purchase them if you want to use them on a permanent basis. Others don’t have a time-frame and allow you to use all their functions for free but unfortunately, you may not be able to recover your data unless you make a purchase. For example, you click on a recovery button and the software managed to find the lost file. But the software may be configured in such a way that you won’t be able to retrieve the lost file which you saw on the screen unless you buy the software to “unlock” all its functions.
But one thing to remember is that no data recovery tool can promise you a 100 percent success rate. It all depends on the nature and severity of your problem. If your lost data is very important, it may be best you send it to a data recovery center. Yes, they are more expensive but more often than not they will be able to recover your data.