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Lost Memories – Data Recovery can recover your lost files


From micro SD cards to external hard drives, everyone seems to have a kind of digital storage device these days. This is not surprising because we live in the Digital Age; a time when everyone is connected online. Yet any type of storage device is not safe from data loss or damage. In the event that you lose your data, should you even think of attempting do-it-yourself (DIY) file recovery?

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In short, DIY file recovery is not advisable at all. DIY data recovery ‘tricks’ such as those mentioned below have never been proven effective. Moreover and more importantly these tricks will only further damage a storage device and potentially cause irreversible data loss.


Instead of trying a DIY file recovery trick, you should instead bring a damaged hard drive or any kind of storage device to a professional data recovery firm. If you are in the United Kingdom, one company to consider seeking help from is Lost Memories – Data Recovery. It is a reputable data recovery services company that can recover data from physically-damaged and corrupted hard drives, mobile phones, memory cards etc.


We offer a free assessment of any damaged or corrupted storage device. The company will then give you a detailed price quotation. You are also not pressured to agree to the terms; you can walk away if you find the price too high for your budget.


However, you can rest assured that Lost Memories – Data Recovery will be able to repair your storage device whether it is a memory card, USB or a hard drive.  There’s no need to try and open the device or store it in the freezer. We will do the job properly, expertly and safely or you at a reasonable cost. And you won’t have to pay us at all until we have successfully retrieved your data.


In short, why would you even try risking your data with DIY file recovery when you can entrust the job to an expert firm like Lost Memories – Data Recovery?

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What NOT to try when attempting to recover files

DIY File Recovery Trick #1: Turning off/on the device

This is perhaps one of the most familiar ‘tricks’ to get a computer, smartphone, or any other device which holds digital data.

The danger comes with faulty hard drives and lost data as the act of simply turning on and off can cause the hard drive heads to cause irreversible damage to the platters which contain this precious data.

The supposedly simple act of turning off the system and then turning it on is believed to be effective in retrieving data; it is not. It is, however, an effective cure for a lot of common software faults

Of course, the computer, phone or whatever unit the storage device is connected will still detect the problem.  Even when the PC is sitting idle, it will continue to write data to the drive, and this can lead to overwriting the data lost or deleted.

As such, there is no sense in turning off and then switching it on. You’d rather turn off the system and refrain from switching it on again. Just seek professional help!


DIY File Recovery Trick #2: Trying a third-party recovery software

This is another popular course of action for people who have lost their valuable data. Finding, downloading, installing and using a DIY file recovery software can be very easy thanks to Google.  But is this advisable?

Data recovery experts discourage the use of home recovery programs. One reason is that it can write more data to the drive in the process quickly overwriting lost or deleted files as data recovery best practices are not followed. Another concern is that the recovery program may be infected with malware which can wipe out your files that might have been recoverable.


DIY File Recovery Trick #3: Opening the drive in an attempt to repair it

This is the single biggest cause for permanently losing data whilst attempting home file recovery.

Again, blame the Internet for the courage that some people display in attempting to open their hard drives and repair it. Just go to Google, and you’d find numerous DIY video tutorials claiming that they can teach you how to open a hard drive and solve problems like clicking noises which are often associated with physical failures.

But here’s something that’s not mentioned in those tutorials: opening a hard drive can lead to irreparable damage. Data recovery experts strongly advise against it.  Drives that have been opened are prone to accumulation of dust particles which can cause harm to the said storage devices. Moreover, opening a hard drive can put it at risk of scratches and dents that can make recovery of data impossible.

Keep in mind that hard drives are complex devices. It’s not as simple to repair it as say, a child’s toy car. There are so many things that can go wrong when you try to open and repair it so you’d rather let a qualified technician do the job for you.


DIY File Recovery Trick #4: Putting the hard drive in a freezer

 Finally, there’s the widely-popular trick of putting a corrupted hard drive in a freezer. Supposedly, placing an unresponsive hard drive in a Ziplock bag and putting it in the freezer for 24 to 48 hours will bring the storage device back to life.

Does it work? Of course not!  This trick will only cause damage to the hard drive and the data as the hard drive, once taken out of the freezer, will start returning to room temperature. Condensation will begin to appear in both sides and including on the platter surface. Water will subsequently damage that part of the hard drive as well as its read/write heads.

Recover Files with Expert Assistance from Lost Memories – Data Recovery

A more practical approach in recovering your files is to seek the help of a reputable data recovery firm such as Lost Memories – Data Recovery.

Data recovery companies are better-equipped to handle deleted digital file recovery and safekeeping. These firms have the personnel who are trained to resolve even the most complex issues about data stored on hard drives and micro SD cards. Our Technicians are skilled and experienced enough to retrieve and recover data from almost every type of storage device. Whether the storage device has been corrupted, physically damaged or become inaccessible, data recovery firms will be able to restore all the data stored on said device.

Lost Memories – Data Recovery also implements a no data, no charge policy. This means that clients do not have to pay unless their deleted photos and other important files have been recovered by the company.

We also offer free diagnostic services to clients who have lost their data stored on phones, tablets, computers, and other similar electronic devices. The firm will first assess the damage on the storage device and then determine how much the retrieval of data would cost. Clients are not obligated to proceed with the transaction, and they may walk away if they find the quotation too expensive.

Finally, there is the assurance that we will be able to retrieve all your data without damaging your gadgets. We will exert all efforts to recover your files in the soonest time possible.

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The team did everything in its power to retrieve my data. The files had been overwritten, but they did everything possible and were so quick with the work. Highly recommended!
Jennifer Moyes

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