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09/05/2015 10:04 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Data Recovery: The Rainbow at the End of a Computer Crash

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It continues to amaze me in this day and age that anyone would commit a murder. (Ok, ever, but particularly in this day and age.)

Yes, it's illegal and heinous, but it's also nearly impossible that your actions haven't been tracked, from government practices to the prevalence of cameras everywhere, to the fact that your phone and computer usually know your location before you can even say it aloud. You so much as think that you maybe might need some new sneakers, and all of a sudden your computer is suggesting where to shop for those desired sneakers every time you open your browser.

But what about the times you have data stored on your computer that you very much want to keep forever and ever? And what about that freak-ish time your computer crashes and your files are lost and you haven't backed up in a scary amount of time, in spite of all the warnings you were prompted with? For this, there is the panacea to end all panaceas: data recovery.

Intratec Data Recovery reports, "although, depending on the scale of the failure or damage to the storage medium, data recovery is not guaranteed, in most cases the recovery services are successful. In spite of not being a flawless solution recovery executed by industry experts can produce results in the range of between 80% to 100%..." On the other end of the spectrum, top-notch data recovery products can help you to actively delete the content you actually do want to delete, so you don't have to pile those laptops one on top of another in your storage unit every several years, fearing someone will swipe your identity and naked photos from vacation with the last boyfriend if you donate your laptop or leave it to other hands to destroy or recycle. Remo Software advises, "Formatting a hard drive, deleting a partition or simple deletion of data is not the safest way to get rid of critical data from your storage devices. If you are planning to sell or dispose off your PC, Laptop or the external drive, it is imperative to securely shred the data beyond recovery."

The best news of all is that you don't have to invest in data recovery services ahead of time, the way you do with health insurance, life insurance, or phone insurance. When things go kaput and all feels lost, your can research data recovery systems online and select the best one for you and your needs and then it can get to work for you immediately.

If only everything in life operated this way. Oh, and if anyone out there is thinking about committing crime after reading this, don't. Anything you've said or done that can be proven can be used against you in a court of law. It's also 2015, the digital age - someone or something out there is watching/recording/paying attention (yes, even when you think you've "permanently deleted" something) and will find you eventually.