When you need to recover lost computer data, you should have two types of discs to help with that task. First, there's the recovery disc that comes with most computer. Second, there's the blank simple blank CD disc that you'll use to do regular backups of your data.
You can easily recover your data files, like e-mail, word, and zip files etc. by simply backing them up regularly. This can easily be done using a rewritable CD where you just copy over the information to your most recent files. This can be done quickly and easily and unlike CD/R all you need is one CD/RW.
If you have lost data in the crash, it will be easy to recover if you have been doing a regular file backup. To do this, you use a simple CD disc that you can get from almost anywhere these days (drug stores, grocery stores, office supply). If you use a rewritable disc known as a CD/RW, you'll be able to do backups again and again on the same disc.
You can also purchase data recovery discs depending on the type of data recovery. Many discs run to fix specific problems. You can run data recovery for just e-mail, image or picture files, data on removable devices and data stored on your hard drive. Many discs can also recover more than one type of data.
Some of these discs work with all kinds of files, including images, email and documents of various kinds. Other discs specialize in one particular kind of file. Once you have recovered your files, you will surely remember to do regular backups in the future.
If your data recovery efforts fail, don't get frustrated and bang on the computer or the hard drive to get it to work again. Back in the old days, people actually used to smack their television sets to get better reception. Some people still seem to think that's a good approach to any electronic malfunction. When people hit their computer or hard drive, they are very likely to break destroy the computer. Hitting the hard drive can break the glass panel inside it and destroy the "read arm."
It is also a bad idea to take out the hard drive and heat it up or freeze. People who have done this apparently heard somewhere that it would help, but typically this will destroy the hard drive's magnetic properties. Once these kinds of things are done to a computer, the hard drive and data is usually be lost for good.
Computers fail for many reasons, so the important thing is to be prepared. Back up your data files regularly and keep your operating system disk in a safe place. Whatever you do, don't damage your hard drive by taking extreme measures. You can always take the computer in to a professional for repair if you can't fix the problem; that will definitely be a lot cheaper than buying a new computer.