Laptop Data Recovery


Laptops take a lot of abuse, and with today's mobile technology, more and more critical data is being stored on laptops every day.

Common Laptop Data Loss Situations

Hardware or System Malfunctions

Possible Symptoms

  • Error message stating the device is not recognised
  • Previously accessible data suddenly gone
  • Scraping or rattling sound
  • Hard drive not spinning
  • Computer hard drive doesn't function

Preventive Measures

  • Protect electrical components by using computers in a dry, shaded, dust-free area
  • Protect against power surges with an un-interruptible power supply (UPS)
  • Do not shake or remove the covers on hard drives or tapes.

Human Error

Possible Symptoms

  • Previously accessible data suddenly gone
  • Message similar to "File Not Found"

Preventive Measures

  • Never attempt any operation, like installations or repairs, with which you don't have experience
  • Avoid moving your computer, especially when it's in operation

Software Corruption

Possible Symptoms

  • System messages relating to memory errors
  • Software application won't load
  • Error message stating data is corrupted or inaccessible

Preventive Measures

    * Back up data regularly
    * Use diagnostic utilities with caution

Computer Viruses

Possible Symptoms

  • Blank screen
  • Strange and unpredictable behaviour
  • Error message stating
  • "File Not Found" Message announcing virus appears on screen

Preventive Measures

  • Use a good anti-virus package
  • Obtain software from reputable sources
  • Scan all incoming data, including packaged software, for viruses