STORAGE FIRM Freecom has launched a Data Recovery Service to help you recover the precious data you forgot to back up before your hard drive crashed.
According to Freecom the majority of drives crash due to hardware failures, although human error, software failures, viruses and natural disasters also factor in there.
While data recovery firms have been around for ages, the service is usually pretty pricey, but Freecom's more insurance style service brings it into the realm of the general consumer.
The service covers all brands of hard drives, external and internal alike. End users need to register each device, and in the event of a hard drive crash, Freecom reckons it'll have the data off within two weeks and return it to the user with no additional costs for postage and packaging.
Although the company is obviously keen to get you sign up for the service, Axel Lucassen, the firm's managing director does say that the "first piece of advice would be to back up all this information in multiple locations to be extra sure you won't lose it all."
The company also advises keeping storage devices away from heat sources, turning off external drives when not in use, minimising movement when they are operating, defragmenting drives regularly and keeping anti-virus systems up to date.
The service, run in partnership with data recovery specialists Lazarus, gives you three years cover for any hard drive for £24.95. µ
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