Data recovery is the process of salvaging data from damaged, failed, corrupted, or inaccessible media when it cannot be accessed normally.
The most common "data recovery" scenario involves an operating system (OS) failure (typically on a single-disk, single- partition, single-OS system), in which case the goal is simply to copy all wanted files to another disk.
Another scenario involves a disk-level failure, such as a compromised file system or disk partition or a hard drive failure. In any of these cases, the data cannot be easily read. Depending on the situation, solutions involve repairing the file system, partition table or master boot record, or hard disk recovery techniques ranging from software-based recovery of corrupted data to hardware replacement on a physically damaged disk. If hard disk recovery is necessary, the disk itself has typically failed permanently, and the focus is rather on a one-time recovery, salvaging whatever data can be read.
In a third scenario, files have been "deleted" from a storage medium. Typically, deleted files are not erased immediately; instead, references to them in the directory structure are removed, and the space they occupy is made available for later overwriting. In the meantime, the original file may be restored.
Computerware uses the latest software to recover data from all types of failures. In cases where we are not able to recover, we partner with Drive Savers who has over a 90% success rate recovering data utilizing a state of the art clean room.