How to recover our files...

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  1. clubrope

    clubrope Well-Known Member

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    A co-worker normally helps us every time we are having problems with the network in our department. He is not really an IT specialist but he knows how to handle our problem until this time. He accidentally wiped out all and I mean ALL our files. Now, we are in big trouble! When he told me, I asked him to stop working because I'm afraid he might add more damage. We haven't backed up the files for the week and it's really bugging me. Is there still a way to recover our files? I need suggestions! What will I do?
     
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    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    There are tools such as Recuva that do a decent job at recovering deleted files (I'm not sure what you mean by "wiped" - deleted, formatted, deleted partitions...), but, since we're talking about commercial data, I strongly recommend you hire a data recovery specialist firm.

    Also, in the future, do backups!

    Also, as a company, either make a small IT department (two guys, or even just one), or outsource that bit of work to an IT company, so that you have someone to call when you need that type of service.

    Getting some employee who knows a bit about computers to act as IT puts that person into a very bad situation, where
    1. he needs to do additional work that's not in his job description on top of his regular duties
    2. he is made responsible for hugely important things that aren't really his area of expertise.
    Also, I need not tell you that it often ends in very costly mistakes.
     
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    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    I have had very good success using "Recover My Files". It's not expensive and has resulted in being able to retrieve accidentally erased data on several occasions. (These, BTW, are NOT MY accidentally erased data!)

    http://www.recovermyfiles.com/
     
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    Sure there is a way to recover. But the thing after you recovered everything is to think of means to avoid recurrence.
     
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    Liqourice Well-Known Member

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    I used GetDataBack for NTFS on a drive that was completely broken, BIOS couldn't detect it, and managed to get everything I wanted back from it. That was a number of years ago though, I don't know if it works as well these days.

    I did learn to make backups of important files back then.
     
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    clubrope Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the help guys and I'm sorry for the very late reply been quite busy with work. I used Recuva as you suggested to try and recover the lost files and data. Fortunately, it got us back everything that were accidentally deleted but we could never risk anything like that from happening again. Since we didn't have a "legit" internal IT dept to help us out, we opted for a managed service provider. In your opinion, does outsourced IT function better than internal ones? Which is more cost effective? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. TIA
     
  7. Takaharu

    Takaharu Unus offa, unus iuguolo

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    Outsourced (depending on the size, age, reputation, etc) should have a broader skill set with dependable support. They'll be expensive, especially if you also need out of hours support and heavily depend on remote access.
    With internal support you'll need to have processes set up and the experience and skill set will depend on the people that you hire. It should be more cost-effective and if you need hands-on support it's there.
     

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