What You Should NOT Do When Recovering Data

There is a right way and a wrong way for data recovery on just about any system. Here’s a few tips and information on what NOT TO DO!


  • DO NOT open your hard drive and expose the media! There is nothing inside that needs the attention of a common user or do-it-yourselfer. Only a qualified hard drive data recovery engineer in a certified clean room environment should ever open a drive.
  • DO NOT try to attach or repair a damaged database without making a backup copy of all .edb, .stm, and .log files. This applies to any and all repair utilities both from Microsoft and 3rd party developers. They may cause further data loss since objects in the database may be deleted even if they are actually salvageable.
  • DO NOT TRY ANYTHING unless you are ultimately familiar with the hard drives, configurations and controller routines.