Zip Disk Data Recovery Services

by Rod Dunne on February 18, 2011

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Zip disk data recovery services should be able to retrieve data from old zip disks even when there are mechanical faults. Here I’ll show you some of the tasks these data recovery experts can perform to find data for you.

Deletion/format data recovery using software

If you simply deleted files or formatted an old zip disk then it should still be possible to use zip disk data recovery software to scan the disk memory itself for signs of any remaining files. One suggested tool you can use is Remo Undelete which is able to support a number of different memory formats (including zip drives).

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If you choose a different zip disk data recovery application then just make sure that it can support the zip disk format as it is quite different from the fat-32 format used by hard disks and flash memory.

Data recovery experts will of course have forensic grade software capable of finding files on zip disk memory even after the memory has been corrupted or your files repeatedly overwritten. These applications work by locating data shadows belonging to your original documents in order to compile individual fragments of your files. The results however can be a little patchy especially when doing a post format data recovery where data cleaning sweeps of the memory were included (for the purpose of data protection).

Mechanical recovery – Finding files on physically damaged disks

If the zip disk has developed a mechanical or physical fault then you may have to resort to getting the experts to perform a mechanical recovery of your documents. This involves opening up the enclosure and directly reading the memory using specific memory reading hardware. You should note however that this can prove to be quite costly depending on the hardware that is required.

In some circumstances attempts will be made to actually repair the zip disk itself and make it reusable. This will not be possible however if it was a power surge that caused the fault in the first place (as this will cause electronic damage).

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