Let’s start today’s cartoon by the end: “Always have more than one copy of your important files.” If the protagonist of our story had applied this moral, we would have nothing to say, because he probably would not have brought a damaged hard drive to our data recovery center.
But it is already known that a backup does not always exist … or perhaps it does exist but it is not up to date … or bad luck is concentrated: the copy disk and the original fail at the same time!
Therefore, in case you want to take your files from one hard disk to another, our recommendation is: “Do not move your files, copy them!” or you can contact us : https://www.salvagedata.com/
Perhaps this advice seems exaggerated to those who are in favor of moving files from one drive to another, to avoid the work of manually deleting the originals. In any case, we believe that telling our experience can be useful to you; from there, each one decides what level of security they want to apply when managing their files.
After seeing the variety of incidents that end up requiring a data recovery, we believe that it is much more prudent to copy the files to their new destination instead of moving them. Once copied, we can verify if the copy process has worked correctly. Only then – and always counting on that we will also have made a backup – will it be safe to delete the original files.
Also keep in mind that if the destination disk is external, it is much more exposed to accidents. And of course, for a hit to cause data loss, it does not have to be as catastrophic as the bump in our cartoon.
Possibilities of data recovery
“How could it have been damaged by falling from such a small distance?”, Some customers comment strangely when they request data recovery, while explaining that the damaged disk “only” traveled an inch or two before the blow. Yes, any drop, no matter how small, can seriously affect the hard drive, especially if it is working and the heads rub against the magnetic plates while they rotate at full speed.
In fact, in the actual case that inspired this cartoon, the external hard drive to which the files had been moved was quite damaged and only a partial recovery would be possible. Fortunately, the customer had been careful not to perform any other operations with the original disc erased. Thanks to that measure, the data was intact on the physical medium of the disk, and in the laboratory all the files were recovered.