Q. What Is data
Simply put, data recovery is a system of processes used to recover lost data
from a variety of sources, including hard disk drives, floppy diskette
media, or tape backups. Performed by trained experts, data recovery is the
last resort when all other methods, including commercial software, fail.
Q. What causes
Data can be lost due to a number of circumstances. The largest contributing
factor to data loss is hardware or system malfunction, followed by human
error, accounting for almost 75% of all incidences. Rounding out the list is
software corruption, computer viruses and natural disasters such as fire and
Q. How Secure
Is Your Data?
When it comes to securing data on your hard drive, an ounce of prevention is
worth much more than a pound of cure. In fact, prevention is the real name
of the game here, because even a pound of cure isn't always a reliable
solution. And security matters, because it's the nature of business these
days to entrust critical data to a computer's hard drive. When that data
becomes vulnerable, so too does the business organization itself.
fact is, your data is only as secure as you make it.
reality of hard drives is that they're going to crash sometime - it's not a
question of if, but when. And broken hard drives are vulnerable to those
equipped with determination and the right set of tools. (In fact, the only
guaranteed secure solution to protecting data on a hard drive is to melt the
drive down - not a practical option for most users.) The recovery of the
content of failed drives - and the subsequent exposure of sensitive data -
is of particular concern to law enforcement and government agencies.
Backing up information as policy ensures your access to data should you
suffer a hard drive failure.
It's necessary, however, to think beyond mere backup. Encryption offers a
heightened level of security, ensuring that significant data is locked away
to everyone except those who have the right to access it. Encryption tools
are commonly available and reliable, depending on the complexity of your
needs. Encryption is a necessary part of hard drive security, because even
data on a crashed hard drive can be recovered by a determined professional.
Life is full of surprises. Hard drives crash, sometimes with serious
consequences. However, if the data on a failed hard drive has been
encrypted, the likelihood of recovering meaningful data by any means can be
rendered significantly improbable. With a suitable level of care, and some
thought to appropriate back-up and encryption, even surprises can be taken
Q. How is data
There are many methods by which data is retrieved, both conventional and
non-conventional. In fact, there is no one set way to retrieve data. Each
project is analyzed on an individual basis and only then can an action plan
be developed. MindPride prides itself on being unique in its
approach. While other data recovery players test and re-test their clients'
media, MindPride employs state-of-the-art replication technology to duplicate
clients' data bit by bit reducing the risk of causing further damage to the
Q. Can all data
No. There are occasions when damage to the data is permanent. However, it is
a rare case when absolutely no data is retrievable. Most times,
MindPride can recover some of the data even in extreme conditions. On
average, the company boasts an 85% data recovery success rate.
Q. How long
does data retrieval take?
Each project is different and requires unique processes and timelines. Upon
receipt of damaged media, MindPride will provide a report within
one business day outlining the specifics required to perform the data
recovery. While some projects may require several days, even weeks, about
75% of all jobs have a turnaround time of less than 48 hours.
Q. In what
format is retrieved data delivered?
MindPride will return data with the same file names, in the same
data type, with the same characteristics, identifiers and in the same
structure and location as before the failure.
Q. My documents
contain confidential information.
How can I be sure they'll remain confidential?
MindPride offers clients a secure environment so that they can rest
easy knowing their information is kept private. Every member of the MindPride team
is under non-disclosure. Furthermore, a special secure isolation room with
controlled access is available when confidentiality is of the utmost
importance such as in the case of government data. MindPride also offers an Online
Remote Repair service for certain types of data recovery projects.
Q. Can data
loss be prevented?
Backup, backup, backup. Nothing can prevent data loss better than performing
routine backups of all your data. Users can save hours, days and weeks of
downtime by minimizing their data loss through routine backups. A good
anti-virus software package, updated regularly, will also offer some
protection against data loss.