Once valuable data has been lost, a person’s first instinct is to try and undo what has been done before the data got lost. During the process of trying to undo what has been done, people often do more harm than good as they do not have the knowledge or experience to recovery the lost data.
Due to their lack of knowledge they try to recover the data themselves by installing data recovery apps or software. While doing this the data often gets damaged or overwritten.
Is your data overwritten?
Overwritten data is data that has been replaced by new data. In most cases the old data has been deleted and after that new data is put onto the device. The new data is stored in the old data’s place. This often happens when files have accidentally been deleted and new apps or data is downloaded and stored in its place.
Recovering overwritten data can be very difficult, if not impossible. In most cases data that has been overwritten is deemed unrecoverable. Although, in some cases not all of the data has been overwritten.
In cases where the amount of data that has been deleted is more than the amount of new data that was stored in its place, some of the old files may still be recoverable. Because the amount of new data is less than the amount that was deleted not all the old data has been lost. Therefore, data recovery specialists will be able to retrieve the files that have not been replaced. But unfortunately, there is no way of telling how many files or exactly which files will be recoverable. Data Recovery Specialists will have to go through the entire data recovery process to retrieve what is still recoverable. Once the data recovery process is complete, only then will the client be able to know which of his/her precious files could be saved.
Avoid Overwriting Data
- Stop what you are doing, immediately.
- Your device must be switched off after the files have been lost.
- Do not try to retrieve the files.
- Get in contact with a data recovery specialist as soon as possible.