When the company server (or your business laptop) crashes and burns, and your precious mail, files and other critical information remains inaccessible, you’ve potentially got a big problem… especially if you absolutely need to perform a data recovery service to retrieve that vital information and data.
What can add insult to injury is if you unsuccessfully attempt to perform this data recovery yourself (as many Do-It-Yourself South Africans will) and end up damaging your data even further or destroying it altogether. Being faced with the consequences of what the potential replacement costs then might be can be the very stuff of regret.
Disadvantages of DIY Data Recovery
There are a number of disadvantages from the start of attempting to perform a data recovery yourself so it’s really worth while considering the following points before you make a decision:
- Do you really know what your data related problem is? Depending on whether the problem is logical, electrical or mechanical (or a difficult combination thereof), identification of the problem is the first mistake DIY Data Recovery amateurs often make. It’s critical that the right problem be identified from the start so that you don’t end up trying to fix what ain’t broken or compound your problems further.
- DIY Data recovery can take up a lot of your time with a steep learning curve. How savvy are you or your “technical” staff really with computer hardware technology and what is the potential time investment you’ll need to truly find a solution or software that will solve your particular data recovery issues? Often, the steps prescribed to perform your own data recovery services yourself are complex, require a steep learning curve and a lot of time to aptly apply.
- So many Data Recovery Programs and methods to chose from? Presuming that your problem can be solved by running a program, there are literally hundreds of Data Recover software programs to purchase on the Internet alone that perform very specific solutions… But which one is right you? You may spend many hours finding the right one and if you end up buying the wrong software you’ve lost money on the purchase and the time it took to find and buy it. And let’s then only mention the fact that you’re back at square one and your problem could be getting worse.
- Do you really want to start taking your hardware apart yourself? Let’s presume that you are computer savvy enough to know that you have a mechanical or electrical problem. There are many tips for this course of action suggested by computer geeks that wrongly presume (in most cases) that you have a similar wealth of experience in handling computer hardware components. But if you don’t really know what you’re doing, this is akin to taking apart your own car’s engine yourself without understanding a car’s basic mechanics to begin with. Computer hardware is a lot more fragile than you think and tampering with undetected (and even multiple) electrical or mechanical failures can lead to total destruction or loss of your data, and possibly further damage to your computer and its components. If you don’t feel 100% confident doing it – don’t.
- Trail and error based learning attempting to apply a risky solution. Is the risk of Doing It Yourself really worth the cost you might save? Data Recovery services albeit are not “cheap” but when compared to the potential destruction or loss of your data, it can start looking incredibly and regretfully reasonable