Would you feel comfortable if a stranger got hold of your hard drive? Most people think deleting files is safe. The bad guys know better. We show you how your privacy can be compromised.
Several years ago, I experienced a hard drive failure. I was at work when my laptop suddenly started to act particularly strange. About half an hour later, the hard drive failed audibly and the laptop wouldn’t boot anymore. Unfortunately, I didn’t have comprehensive backups. Over the next couple of weeks I considered doing everything under the sun — and did most of it — to fix the old HDD. If your hard drive has died, this guide might help you to revive it again. So roll up your sleeves and get to work!
No matter whether it was your fault or not, things can happen to the data stored on your devices. Hard drives, solid state drives, and removable media can all potentially “lose” files because of numerous different causes. Additionally, sometimes you may delete a file – no matter if on purpose or by accident – and then determine later on that you actually need it.
We put our files in the cloud to make things easier – we can access them anywhere and it’s our cloud storage provider’s job to keep them safe, not ours. But it doesn’t matter how reliable a cloud storage service is if you delete a file from your cloud drive and want it back later. Luckily, there are several ways you can restore deleted data. None of these methods are completely foolproof.