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Is My Data Really Gone?

Sometimes it may be an honest mistake; we have all misplaced or deleted a file by accident at some point in our lives.  In other cases though, it’s not a mistake.  Computer hacking, viruses and malware are among the many ways others can cause your computer or network files to be damaged, deleted, corrupted or even stolen.

The good news is that this data is very rarely ever gone  – which is great news if you have ever lost something important from a hard-drive, even if the loss is a result of those who misuse technology.

Common Data Recovery Myths Debunked

In many cases, the data may seem deleted but is really just moved from view. Common deletions myths about data-wiping include:

  • I trashed it, now it’s gone”: While it may seem difficult, it is not impossible to recover deleted or broken files. Deleting a file in the trash is actually one of the easiest ways to recover data.
  • I deleted it, even from the root file”: While you may have removed the information from view, it is most likely not been removed from the internal data logs. Even if you think you have successfully located the original file, duplications are inevitable and are further created during the deletion process; making it almost impossible to do so.
  • I removed it from my pen drive/hard drive/other external device”: Shadows, or data logs, may still be present even on hardware. With the correct application, data recovery is still possible, even if the information is not viewable on the external drive.

How Do I Delete Items Forever?

There are a number of software-based solutions that delete and handle sensitive data with complete accuracy but are hard to come by legally. These methods are particularly beneficial where confidential data requires permanent deletion and may be recognized on a governmental or industrial standard.

Data-wiping software must follow strict guidelines as developed by the Department of Defense and is particularity complex to accomplish correctly. The data must be overwritten on the location of the disk where possible duplication may occur and precision and skill are required.

This may include:

  • Overwriting with the original content with zeros, other data
  • Over-riding the initial information to disguise it as something else
  • These methods leave their own footprints which must also be countered

It is important to note, if you are trying to permanently delete an item that is located on a company or shared network, you must seek authorization to do so, otherwise you may be in breach of company policy. Worse than that, you may also face legal prosecution. This is because the methods required to permanently delete data are monitored extensively and are not always legal to do so.

Reduce Your Liability and Contact a Professional Today

If you have lost or deleted a file, or require any other form of data recovery or data-wiping, please contact USA Investigators today, for a no-obligation, consultation. They can help you correctly identify and locate instances where data has been lost or stolen.