Computer innovation took over the data storage industry so that individuals and companies have over the years turned into soft data storage. The days of keeping records in analog form are long gone- softwares have evolved that will ensure that you have the whole office in your computer -this is amazing, isn’t it? However, the challenge comes when the computer hard drive crashes; it would mean that you may not access any data, temporarily or permanently and thus your business could come to a halt. Before you call in the technician, you have a manual that contains simple recovery tips that you can try before you engage the services of an expert. It could be that it was just a temporary hitch that you can correct yourself and therefore avoid the unnecessary cost. When this does not work, the next step is to engage a technician and here a thorough diagnosis will give a snapshot of the approximate costs.
What determines the cost of recovery?
- Different specialists would charge differently depending on how well established the company is and the nature of the damage but it’s almost universally accepted that the cost of repair will depend on how long the process would take. Just as you’d do for a mechanic, most of these technicians would be paid on an hourly basis in addition to any spare parts needed.
- The cost of a trusted professional could range from a few hundred dollars to thousands depending on the complexity of the issue. However, the major determining factor is the severity of damage to the hard drive and of course, the time it will take to complete the work. There are two main ways of determining the pay; one is the hours taken and the other is the amount of data recovered. The latter could be used by ‘sharks’ to swindle as much as they can from you.
- The extent of the damage will in a great way determine the cost of hard drive recovery. The components that have been affected also will influence the bottom-line. There are some sensitive parts, which are risky and expensive to replace. Again, you may choose the amount of data that you would want to be recovered. Here, choose carefully what you need and what is not necessary. The lesser the amount of data to be recovered, the less the time it takes to recover and thus the charges would be far much less.
- The size of the company doing the recovery matters. Big data recovery companies have systems and have heavily invested in the best and the most expensive professionals in the market. This they do to maintain an uncompromised standard of service and therefore, they would charge higher compared to a smaller enterprise. Unless the level of damage is complex and could lead to a big loss, choose a medium recovery company.
- Quality of a recovery company’s workshop or clean room and the period they have been in operation is another determinant of the much they would charge. The longer the period, the bigger the investment and therefore the pricing.
In essence, when looking for a service provider, the above factors must be considered so that you get the most efficient and quality service at affordable fees. However, do not fall into the temptation of ‘buying’ cheap; it would most likely attract unprofessional services with a long-term effect.