A perceptive business owner or a smart computer user will both do some pre-planning to prepare for the very real possibility of important data loss. There are many actions that reduce the possibility of such loss:
• Proper disk maintenance will increase the longevity of the hard drive. Defragmentation will decrease the load on the drive when searching for files, for example.
• Careful handling of computer equipment will prevent mechanical damage from drops and bumps. Laptops are often physically abused and must be protected.
• Adequate surge suppression helps guard against electrical damage from voltage spikes.
• A universal power supply will prevent data loss in the event of a power failure.
• Good, up-to-date antivirus software will help prevent data corruption.
• Of course, the mantra of frequent document saves and backups are a given.
There are occasions, however, when even the best care and maintenance will not completely protect files and data that are important and necessary. Things happen and data disappears. That is just a fact of computing life. Sometimes the problems are so severe that a data recovery company must be called. The computer user should understand that not all such facilities offer the best service possible. Therefore, a business owner or home computer user will do some hard research, ask many questions and investigate several recovery services. If they are smart, they will find out as much as they can before data loss occurs.
Getting testimonials from former clients of the recovery service is always a good idea.
Furthermore, the integrity of the business is just as important as their expertise. While former clients can shed some light on the company's business dealings, there are other resources that can be checked. It might be helpful to find out if the data recovery service is a certified member of the Better Business Bureau. This can be checked online as well as contacting the local BBB office. The online site can offer information on how customer complaints were handled, if any. Government actions against the company will also be listed online. While this may not provide information on the expertise of the company, it can be an indicator of how they treat their clients. Contacting the local BBB office will allow the potential customer to ask questions personally.