Take a moment and look around your desk or office, how many documents, files and papers are lying around? Is the surface of that desk nice and tidy? or has it been eons since it saw the light of day? Trees everywhere are silently rejoicing while the world quickly makes a paradigm shift into the portable digital storage device era.
Words like “archive” and “file cabinet” have been replaced by “download” and “thumb drive”. The utter convenience of being able to write those cover-sheets for everyone’s favorite TPS reports and immediately drop them onto a tiny USB drive saves time and space. Unfortunately your favorite red stapler might be feeling neglected while gathering dust somewhere.
While USB thumb drives undoubtedly are the digital file cabinets of today, these little devices can pose a problem of their own. Without a physical copy of everything contained in a thumb drive, or a back-up copy saved elsewhere, there is a very real risk of losing everything. Storage devices aren’t 100% reliable, not by a long shot; no matter how careful someone is, these things can break, crack, fall apart, or even seemingly stop working for no apparent reason. A couple of the most common errors for USB thumb drives are error messages that say “this device could not be recognized” -or- “this device needs to be formatted.” When it comes to the latter of the two messages, NEVER under any circumstance format a device if it has valuable data on it; this causes everything on the drive to be permanently irretrievable.
Thankfully, during society’s transition to digital storage devices, the data recovery industry as emerged. To put it simply, data recovery companies have special tools/hardware, software programs, and techniques they use to pull the information off of various storage devices in order to retrieve files that would otherwise be considered lost. Data recovery companies are not the average computer repair shop, in a sense they almost do the opposite; most of the time the device must be destroyed in order to retrieve the data held within.
It can be hard to find a data recovery company where someone would feel safe sending their precious little USB drive. This is especially made true considering they’re usually in panic mode. The best place to go for data recovery service is the place with the most experience, and a good place to start may be a company called eProvided Data Recovery. This company has been in business for over 10 years, and this literally makes them one of the original pioneers of the industry. Data recovery companies are like a fine wine, they only get better with age; they refine new techniques and acquire the latest technologies while the newer companies are left learning the ropes through trial and error.
eProvided was commended by AeroVironment for the retrieval of critical data that was vital to NASA’s Helios flights from the Pacific Missile Range Facility after its crash landing.
USB thumb drives, SD cards, SSD drives, and any other memory cards have become the devices in which we store hours of hard work, or precious memories in the form of images; no one ever plans on needing data recovery, but it helps knowing there are companies out there to turn to in this time of need.