Nothing is forever. This also applies, and especially, to computer Data Recovery hardware. Hard drives are often affected by failures. In many computers today, the hard drive is the only component with mechanical components. At least that applies to the classic, rotating hard disks with read/write heads and a spindle with one or more magnetizable discs.
As with any other mechanical component, the individual components age and can break and otherwise fail. The electronic components can also produce errors and destroy the data on the hard drive. Even if you may not have been affected yourself, the chances are not bad that you have already lost data due to hardware problems.
If a hard drive crashes, there are ways to still access the data. It depends on the nature of the drive problem, such as whether it’s a hardware failure or a deleted partition. There are software tools to repair damaged partitions. There are also service providers who repair destroyed hard drives or save the data at high cost.
However, the software must first be found and installed – and it must match the problem – or the disk must first be shipped to the data recovery service company. This sometimes costs hundreds, if not thousands, of euros. Needless to say, a proper backup can save you a lot of hassle and expense in such situations.
Of course, you can slowly and time-consumingly put some information, such as addresses, back into the computer yourself, for example by copying the printed data.
However, data loss most commonly involves Twitter data that cannot be easily recreated unless a computer backup is available. Just think of videos, photos, images, important presentations and mails, spreadsheets and texts and all the other data that is not backed up and not printed out. Data loss from damaged media is always a permanent, painful loss.