Data Restore – Different Techniques

In today’s highly technological world, data restoration is one of the most sought-after processes of computer maintenance. The process may also be used to repair file corruption. This article talks about data restoration in more detail.

When data restore is required, it can be done through backup and restore or recovery.

It can either be done on your own, by taking backup of your backed up data onto another physical device like floppy disk, CD, flash drive, or external hard drive. Or else you can also perform data restore by restoring to an original location on an external or local secondary storage.

If the backup is not enough, data restore can also be done on your own computer. For this you have to backup all important data using a tape backup drive or an external hard drive. After backup, make sure that all temporary files are deleted. Now you can open “My Computer” from Start Menu by clicking on the “Computer” icon. Look for “My Document” or “My Document Provider” to locate the backed-up document.

In the case of the primary storage area, follow the procedures of backing up data.

But in the case of virtual or offline secondary storage areas, you can do data restore only when you are in the actual location of the secondary storage device. In such a situation, the first backup will be needed. In the next step, you should drag and drop all the files from the locations that are on the physical disk to the location where you are doing the restore. Or you can use the built-in restoration tool that is installed in your operating system to do the restore operation.

However, in the event of an error while restoring data you can always opt for remote restoring. In this technique, you create a copy of all the data to the destination without restoring it to the physical disk. The copy is created in the best virtual data room and can be recovered easily as it is saved in a different location. Such a technique can be used even if you have made changes to the backed-up data. If the changes are not completely removed, restoring data can be a problem.

If your computer has been infected with viruses, your recovery efforts may prove futile unless you have a good data backup and recovery process. Virtual backup offers excellent protection from viruses such as Trojan horses and worms. Such virtual systems use the VirtualBox software and provide the functionality of a virtual machine. They can be run on any Windows system and work well with any operating system. However, VirtualBox is not a very good recovery medium for viruses and other data loss problems.

Data restoration through cloud computing is gaining popularity with small and medium enterprises.

This technique uses data loss prevention tools such as the Cloud Computing Management Software which are offered by several service providers. The tool creates a copy of everything on your computer including important files like email and documents and even personal files like pictures. A user can back up his/her entire system to the Cloud and access the backed-up data from any computer or server across the world.

The Cloud computing approach of data backup and restore works well with any Windows system. It can be run on-demand or on a recurring basis. If your computer is infected with a virus that destroys the file system, then the Cloud data backup will automatically restore your file system to a previous state. This method can also be used to recover data that has been lost due to corruption or a hardware problem.