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What Is Data Recovery?

DELL DIMENSION 4700:

I have a Dell Dimension 4700 which was working well until I moved it. I wanted to shift it, and everything that comes with it such as printer, mouse, keyboard and monitor, onto a new computer table. Since that shift, it has not been working properly, and I can’t get it to turn on properly. I can turn the system on, and it will power up, with the fans going and both of the lights on in the front. However, after a few seconds, the system will beep maybe four or six times, and then there is a strange buzzing or whirring noise from what I think is the motherboard. When this happens, the system will not turn on, and the monitor will turn on power saver.

DELL DIMENSION 4700:

Dell Dimension 4700 giving a blue screen of death. I have tried everything apart from reinstalling the operating system in order to get the system booting up but I don’t want to do this as I have important data on the Dell PC I need to recover.

What Is Data Recovery?

Even relatively experienced users of computers may not be fully aware of everything that data recovery covers and how it can help them to regain access to their data and files that have become inaccessible. There are various reasons why data becomes inaccessible and some data access failures are easier to recover from than others.

All types of data storage media are susceptible to failures that lead to the data contained on them becoming inaccessible. Internal hard drives are perhaps susceptible to more types of failure than other types of storage due to the fact that they also generally host the operating system as well as being used for data storage. Should the operating system fail the drive will fail to mount and you will no longer have access to your data. Recovery of your data is relatively straightforward in these situations as the hard drive can be slaved in such a way that the damaged operating system is not required to mount the drive and the data can be safely extracted and saved onto an alternative data storage device. Partitioning can be a beneficial way of segregating data and the operating system that will make this process simpler in the event of a failure.

Another type of data access failure that many people are familiar with are accidental deletions of items. These can occur for a number of reasons that include mistaking the file for another, including files in a batch delete that should not be in there, or perhaps formatting a drive or partition that still contains data and files that are required but that have mistakenly not been backed up. In these cases the actual data itself has not been deleted, it is the pointer to the data that gets deleted while the segment of the drive where the files are are highlighted as being available for over-writing. If you leave data recovery too long you may find that your files are only partially recoverable, or not recoverable at all, as they have been over-written. These are the simplest types of recovery to carry out and you may be able to carry them out yourself, but it is always worth giving an expert a call to verify your problem, especially as advice is free.

There are also failures caused by electrical and mechanical failure of the hard drive itself, which may cause corruption of the files that are stored on the disk. Likewise, a virus attack or an electrical spike can also cause corruption of the data stored on a hard drive.

Whether you know exactly what sort of failure you have, or you haven’t got a clue, your first action should be to give one of our data recovery experts a call. This one simple phone call will provide you with a diagnosis and advice about the best way to recover your data. We can also provide you with a quote to have your drive recovered professionally by our experts who have years of experience in dealing with recovering data from failed drives.