About a month or so ago my external hard drive failed and my data was inaccessible. This hard drive contained all of the files for my family pictures and work documents for business. I lost two years of work documents, client lists, templates, pricing sheets, catalogs and more. I thought I was being safe by storing this information on an “external” drive. It allowed me to move my data to new computers when I upgraded from old laptop to new laptop to my now desktop. Unfortunately, my external hard drive was not “safe”.
When my hard drive crashed, I was sitting at the computer and my husband was sitting not too far from me in the same room. I told him that I thought I had a problem and he mentioned something about being sorry and just assumed that I could fix it. After an hour of unplugging and unpowering, I could not recover the drive. I was sort of shocked because I knew that if I could not recover the files, I had lost years of work and that it would take me a lot of time to recreate critical work required for my business.
Surprisingly, I did not burst into tears. I did not shout. I did not swear. Instead, I went to bed.
The next morning, I took the drive into a tech shop that has experience with these types of issues. After listening my story, they told me I have made a big mistake.
“To recover the files, time is the key. The longer you leave it, the harder it becomes to recover the lost data.”
They tried various software to recover the data. At last, only one of them, called EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, has successfully recovered some of my lost files. It was better than nothing, I had to admit.
Now, I am rebuilding my business from the scraps, and writing this story.