Last year, we compiled a list of most common mistakes made by victims of data loss. This year, we updated the list. While many mistakes remained the same, something new also made it to the list. Meet the updated Top 10 List of Common Data Recovery Mistakes!
1. Acting Under Emotions
Data loss is a very emotional situation. Users are desperate to get their data back *now*, and may act unpredictably. This includes downloading, installing and trying a bunch of data recovery tools without being aware of the usual precautions. As a result, lost data is getting irrecoverably destroyed, overwritten by the very applications intended to recover the files. Any actions performed under distress should be avoided.
2. Overreliance on Cloud Services
Cloud storage and cloud backups are in fashion these days. However, online storage capacities may be limited compared to humungous amounts of information stored locally. Internet transfer speeds and traffic costs can also be the limiting factor. Sometimes it’s not just faster but much cheaper to recover several terabytes worth of data rather than downloading them back from a cloud storage.
3. Force-Rebuilding Corrupted RAID
This is something new for 2013. More and more data is stored on RAID arrays, including RAID’s built into NAS storage systems. When data on one of the disks comprising the array gets corrupted and the disk falls out of the array, any attempt to forcefully rebuild the array will most likely result in further corruption, loss and destruction of data. Instead of rebuilding the array, customers should use the right technique combined with the right tools (e.g. Diskinternals RAID Recovery).
4. Using Obsolete Backups
Recovering from an old, obsolete backup will overwrite any remaining information with old, obsolete data. If you are recovering information from a backup, make sure you are using a fresh, complete and healthy backup file. Ideally, restore the backup onto a different hard drive – just to make sure you really get everything back.
5. Acting Too Late
Acting too soon while being under strong distress will do no good. However, waiting for too long while continuing using the system containing missing information is also a bad idea. If you want some time to cool down, switch off that computer until you’re ready to recover it!