Your computer stores almost everything your business depends on to continue running. What if, one day, that computer started making a strange clicking noise and, a month later, the hard drive just stopped working? In most cases, this would mean that you completely lost all of your data without any chance of recovery.
This kind of phenomenon can set your business back for several days and could possibly require you to shell out a ton of cash. So, how do you prevent something like this from happening, and how do you rescue at least some of your data when the big moment does happen? If it’s too late, are there things you can do to solve this?
These are all legitimate questions that all business owners who depend heavily on their computers have asked themselves at one point. If you haven’t asked these questions, perhaps it’s time you start finding the answers before you need to ask, “What do I do now that my whole business just went kaput?”
Here are four steps in the disaster prevention / recovery process provided in part by DriveSavers, a company that deals on a day-to-day basis with data recovery for businesses and professionals:
- Prevent any issues - If you don’t want a disaster, preparing for one goes a long way from making it nearly impossible for one to appear. Have you seen how cheap Cloud-based backup services are? Some of them are actually free! There’s no reason why your business website shouldn’t have a non-local backup. Make local backups with “hot-swappable” media or an external drive if you can. It doesn’t cost much, and can certainly save you from a heartache.
- Don’t panic when things go south - If you can’t find a file or folder, you probably didn’t lose it. Look in your recycle bin or search for it via the “Start” menu, if you’re using a Windows machine. Similar options exist on other operating systems.
- Get a backup as soon as you smell something’s wrong - If your computer is starting to act weird or makes certain noises, it’s imperative that you get a backup going as soon as you can. You can’t put this off.
- Send the computer over for data recovery - Once your computer goes “poof,” you’re not out of options. You can still send it to a disaster recovery firm that will extract the contents of your precious data wherever it can. DriveSavers (link above) is one, and you can also use alternative services like SalvageData.
When disaster strikes, you don’t necessarily have to shrug your shoulders, call it a day, and admit defeat. There are tons of ways of securing your data and just as many ways of getting it out of a hard drive that went “plop” at one point.