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Why Is Data Recovery Important?

Why Is Data Recovery Important?

It is good to know the importance of data recovery software packages and data recovery services when facing problems of data loss and unavailability. Data recovery services are very useful and allow you to recover lost information and data in situations where your hard drive or your storage media becomes corrupted.

Your PC is almost certain to malfunction at one point or another. Have you ever found yourself hard at work when working on a selected project or document and then had your PC suddenly shut down and show a blank screen? Or has one of the partitions in your system been unrecognized by the BIOS? It might be indicative of something being wrong – a failure from the hard drive, system failure, or alternative problems that caused your system to unexpectedly close. This can make your computer system fail and cause all your valuable information to disappear forever. But don’t panic, there is relief.

Data might not be able to be accessed for a multitude of reasons: unrecognized format, virus attack, accidental deletion, permanent deletion of files, inaccessible partitions, damaged/corrupted files, unexpected system shutdown, error messages, etc. If you find that you are unable to gain access to files and folders, you need a data service solution to recover your data.

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Why data recovery is important

Speaking in simple terms, data recovery is like fixing broken toys with glue and making them usable again. The broken toys and damaged storage media are related because, similar to the way the glue is used to fix the broken toys, with the help of data recovery software and services, your lost and inaccessible data can become usable again.

In technical terms, data recovery is a set of advanced methods used to recover lost data or information.

How to find the data recovery software you need

Recovery software recovers and repairs data files, databases, storage media, and corrupted partitions while safely returning your data to its proper place. Recovery software is very useful and efficient in terms of recovering lost data that’s been deleted.

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You should always try the demo version of the software before deciding to purchase. Nearly all data recovery companies offer free demo versions of their software, which is great for you because a free demo is the best estimate of the recovery capabilities to the user.

Try your hard disk or corrupted files with the demo version and see if the software can recover data. It is a reliable way of testing capability, performance, speed, and ease of use in a software environment. If the demo version displays your data, then you can buy the full version of the software and use it for data recovery on your system.

There are some data recovery software on the market that promise to recover data from corrupted or damaged file systems. This can include Windows NT (FFS16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5), Linux (ext2, ext3, JFS, ReiserFS), Unix (UFS, EAFS, HTFS, VxFS, PPP), HFS +, and also corrupt database access, corrupted ZIP files, corrupt Excel files, and corrupt Word documents.

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Whenever you are in situations where corruption or loss of data has happened to your system, always follow the rule: “Test, evaluate, and buy!”

When to use data recovery services

Data recovery services are usually performed when the data recovery software cannot recover the data, or the complexity of data corruption to the point that a specialized data recovery expert’s attention is required.

Data recovery services should be implemented when the hard disk or storage medium suggests the following symptoms:

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  1. Clicking noise on the hard disk drive
  2. A large number of defective sectors
  3. S.M.A.R.T. Insufficiency
  4. BIOS does not recognize drive
  5. Fire and water damage has occurred
  6. Hard disk component failure
  7. The computer cannot be rebooted

Data recovery should be thought of, not only as a solution to a problem that exists, but also as a protective measure before the problem even starts. Imagine how useful it can be to have data recovery software or data recovery services at your fingertips the moment an issue with your system happens versus waiting days for a diagnosis or computer repair, and potentially still losing a lot of your data as the outcome.

Implement data recovery options today to avoid issues with accessing important data and information on computer systems and hard drives.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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