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First Responses before, during, after OS or Data loss crises.

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I'm asking for data restoration and data recovery specialists' comments to make this better for newbies and regular computer users.

First Responses before, during, after OS or Data loss crises.

A few good "first responses" PRIOR to any OS and/or Data loss crisis

AND

A few good "first responses" AFTER any OS and/or Data loss crisis

-- using Macrium Reflect, AOMEI Backupper, EaseUS Todo, or anything similar, free or pay-for:

---- routinely make full image backups of one's OS and Data onto affordable and reliable external media; or

---- routinely make a clone of your OS and Data hard-drive onto another reliable hard-drive

---- make usb and dvd boots with your backup/restore utility of choice

[if no cd/dvd device in laptop, if affordable, get a usb cd/dvd device]

During any of the following situations, these three first responses may be best:

1) chill 2) breathe 3) chill

During any file or files deletion loss

If Windows works, if Recycle Bin works - check for any deleted file(s) you want to un-delete.

If Windows works, if you have a 3rd party un-delete program, check that bucket.

During any Windows not working crisis

If no Windows,

OR

During any partition(s) not found crisis

If no partition(s),

Boot backup/restore/cloning utility usb or dvd,

[if no cd/dvd device in laptop, if affordable, get a usb cd/dvd device] and:

-- if possible, make a one-pass DIY clone onto an external HD; or

-- if possible, make a one-pass DIY full image of the hard-drive onto any affordable and reliable external media

-- wait patiently, in whichever forum you're in, for expert advice and help; or

-- if affordable, take it to a local computer fix-it place/specialist and let him/her help you; or

-- if affordable, if possible, send the hard-drive to a data recovery place

During any hard-drive not found crisis

If no hard-drive access, it's mostly either a physical failing or a "logical" failing

There is a fork in the road, you choose which tine, which path, you believe is best --

1) Boot backup/restore/cloning utility usb or dvd,

[if no cd/dvd device in laptop, if affordable, get a usb cd/dvd device] and:

-- if possible, make a one-pass DIY clone onto an external HD; or

-- if possible, make a one-pass DIY full image of the hard-drive onto any affordable and reliable external media

OR

-- wait patiently, in whichever forum you're in, for expert advice and help; or

-- if affordable, take it to a local computer fix-it place/specialist and let him/her help you; or

-- if affordable, if possible, send the hard-drive to a data recovery place

Making a DIY one-pass clone or full image means:

-- the process reads or tries to read each sector only once, there is no re-reading, re-trying any sector

-- the process is started and run, without interruption, to completion

-- when the process "says" it is finished, it is finished and the 2ndCopy HD is put away for safe-keeping

-- if the process interrupts itself at any time or point, the process is finished, the 2ndCopy HD is put away

AND

-- wait patiently, in whichever forum you're in, for expert advice and help before continuing; or

-- if affordable, take it to a local computer fix-it place/specialist and let him/her help you; or

-- if affordable, if possible, send the hard-drive to a data recovery place

This is as far I can go for this article. I'm hoping data restoration and data recovery specialists

will weigh in with their advice and practicals in future articles.

 
Date: Apr 21, 2017   


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