Data recovery is something that has been gaining importance in recent years, and the reason for this is nothing but the rise in the number of data loss cases. Though data recovery software are almost everywhere on the internet, certain users have not yet been able to understand the exact concept of recovery of data. This has led to people downloading the wrong recovery utility, people trying out free utilities which are of not much use in recovering deleted and lost data. There is another concept which is less understood, and that is related to data loss and data corruption which will be discussed in detail in this article.
There is a world of difference when it comes to data loss and data corruption, and this has to be understood properly by the user in order to make data recovery a success. Corruption of a file or a folder basically means that the data present in the file or the folder has been affected partially, or that a part of the file or folder has gone missing, due to many reasons, similar to the ones that cause data loss. Recovery of a corrupted file is extremely difficult and hence a data recovery software is not of any use in such a situation, for example, recovering part of a video file or an image file is of no use, as viewing a partially recovered video is not only impossible but is of no use and looking at a photo that is half recovered has the same effect.
Data loss on the other hand refers to loss or deletion of the entire file. This situation is very common on both Windows and Mac OS X, and hence the user can recover deleted files on Mac using a good Mac recovery software and the same can be done on Windows using a good Windows recovery tool. Data loss holds good for images and hence photo recovery on OS X can be made possible by using a good photo recovery tool that can recover photos that are deleted and lost.
The user should first determine whether the file in question has been deleted, lost or corrupted. If the data loss has occurred due to corruption, he should make sure that he gets in touch with a data recovery expert in order to check whether there are any chances of recovering the data, or if he is facing data loss due to loss or deletion of files, then he can opt to download a data recovery software.