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Heloise Montini is a content writer whose background in journalism make her an asset when researching and writing tech content. Also, her personal aspirations in creative writing and PC gaming make her articles on data storage and data recovery accessible for a wide audience.

Learn how to retrieve lost files on your own and when HDD data recovery services are necessary.
hmontini

hmontini

Heloise Montini is a content writer whose background in journalism make her an asset when researching and writing tech content. Also, her personal aspirations in creative writing and PC gaming make her articles on data storage and data recovery accessible for a wide audience.

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The data recovery process depends on the storage device damage level and the cause of the data loss. Sometimes, you can use a data recovery tool to retrieve the files on your own. However, more complex cases, especially if there’s been physical damage to the drive, require proper knowledge and tools.

In this article, we explore when and how to use each solution. You can also check our in-depth article on the difference between data recovery software and service.

Recover data on your own with data recovery software

Depending on the reason why your data is missing, you can retrieve your lost files using data recovery software programs.

When to use data recovery tools:

To use SalvageData’s free data recovery tool and safely restore your files:

  1. Download and install the software
  2.  After agreeing to the terms and conditions, click “DATA RECOVERY” to begin the process. data recovery software
  3. Select your HDD from the device list and click “RECOVER.” Choose the file system, and proceed with “SCAN Select your drive, click "RECOVER," choose the file system, and proceed with "SCAN."  
  4. After scanning, the software will present a list of recoverable files. Browse and select those you want to restore. 

Note: Overwritten files cannot be recovered, so stop using your device as soon as you realize you’ve lost data for better recovery chances.

Why you can’t always restore your HDD data

Some damages make it impossible to use recovery software and you must contact hard drive data recovery services to salvage files and prevent further damage.

These damages include:

In these cases, a data recovery professional is the only one retrieving the data. Data recovery for complex scenarios necessitates both advanced tools and a clean room environment.

Check why clean room is important for successful data recovery

SalvageData prioritizes the security of your sensitive information. We apply government-grade security measures and adhere to strict protocols, including HIPAA and all Canadian privacy standards.

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