Data Recovery Service

What Does Data Recovery Service Mean?

A data recovery service is a service dedicated to the recovery of lost or corrupted data. It involves the salvaging of data from damaged, corrupted, failed or inaccessible storage media when normal data access methods cannot be executed.


Data recovery is often applied to storage media, like internal and external hard drives, flash drives, solid state drives, optical media (CDs and DVDs) and storage tapes.

Techopedia Explains Data Recovery Service

A data recovery service often uses diverse recovery methods – from software-based deleted file recovery to physically repairing a damaged hard drive or taking entire data images from a disk platter before systematically repairing corrupt recovered data.

If an issue is an accidental deletion or corrupt data and the storage medium is perfectly fine, the solution is a simple installation of recovery software that scans the drive to recover data. However, when storage media is damaged, the only option is to send it to the service provider so that experts can review the damage and apply techniques – sometimes "industry secret" – to recover the data.

Common data recovery services include:

  • In-lab recovery: For physically damaged media that requires special equipment and a clean environment for repair
  • Data recovery software: For simple end-user recovery of deleted/corrupted files on undamaged storage media
  • RAID and server recovery: For multiple drive servers and RAID setups that use special storage algorithms

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