As our computer systems grow and our Internet connections remain constant, there are more and more reasons to need data recovery tools all the time. New viruses, complicated hard drive systems, and hard backup solutions all increase the chance of losing the files we save on our computer systems. With the changes in the world of saved data, the data recovery tools have also changed and at times not for the better. Let us take a look at the utilities available for file recovery.
The FREE Software Option
We all understand by now that the Internet is a marketing and money-making tool. When you search for data recovery software and services, you will find thousands of search results. Some of these results are links to FREE software that will "recover" your missing data. But, the consumer must be warned. Those free software programs do not work in all cases of data loss. Most often they only work for files that have been accidentally deleted or lost in the hard drive somewhere. If the files are lost to some more intricate reason, these FREE tools can lose all of the file information and render it impossible to regain.
The PAID Software Option
Paid recovery software can do so much more than the free, or undelete software on the market. The normal prices will range from $75.00 to more than $100.00. Even though the price may seem high, these software programs can do so much more than any free software.
The Send Away Option
Yet another data recovery option is the send out. Some companies will ask you to remove your hard drive and send it to a recovery center. Here, the files will be located on the drive and restored for the consumer. But, there is a scam awaiting with this option as well. Some services that require send out are only middlemen. They drive the price of the recovery up and you send your drive to a center - they are essentially working for as a marketer.
The Technician Option
The final option is the in-person technician visit. This data recovery option is the most secure, but will often be the most expensive. Local technicians will often require 48 hours or more to find the files and restore them from the broken data system.
When you are in the middle of a data loss, the data recovery tools available will vary just as much as the reasons you lost those files in the first place. While the easiest form of data recovery is software, it may not be the best choice in some cases. When in doubt, study each data recovery utility and choose for yourself.