It happens to all of us. At some point, something goes wrong within one of our trusty machines, and it suffers a bit of technological amnesia. All the data and information, music, books, programs, or whatever else you may be storing on your device disappears, seemingly without a trace. Even an iPhone or iPad that’s encased in the most sturdy and battle-proven case can still get jarred from a fall and shake up its memory. While it’s horrible that so many have had to experience data loss, it’s good that there have been so many advances in data recovery. Now, a wealth of Outlook data recovery software and backup options make recovering data across many devices far easier than it once was.
Apple’s own backup software comes readily available on Macs, and all you need is an external hard drive to back up. Time Machine backs up in waves, meaning it keeps a record of different points in your computer’s life cycle. Realize that you deleted a document you need, but you’ve already performed a backup? Time Machine allows you to go back to previous backups and find the data you’re looking for. If you keep an external hard drive connected to your computer, Time Machine will back up at intervals as you work. And with new Thunderbolt connection technology, you can save to and access high-performance storage at very quick speeds, while only being connected with one cord.
Cloud technology is becoming increasingly popular as a means of saving and recovering data. The cloud means that your data is stored safely in another location—a data center—so that in the event of something utterly destroying your hard drive, your data is still safe and recoverable. In fact, cloud technology has even made mobile device data more easily recoverable. All Apple devices, like Macs, iPhones, and iPads, sync together in the cloud with updated software. When you add an event to your calendar on your iPhone, it automatically saves to your iPad and Macs, as well. If your iPhone finds itself at the bottom of a pool and you don’t know where your 6:00 p.m. dinner meeting is, your information is still safe on another device.
Apple’s iPhone and iPad (and iPod, as well) were all designed to work with a pre-designed back up software. All of Apple’s mobile devices are made to sync with Apple’s iTunes, which backs up your apps, music, and other downloads every time you connect the phone to your computer, whether you use a Mac or a PC. This way, if your phone or tablet is lost or damaged in some way, you can replace it while still maintaining your contacts, your music, and anything else important that you use every day.
Bookmarks may be an often-overlooked area to recover. Many of us have a number of bookmarks that we may visit regularly, and those bookmarks are important to us. For some, it’s nearly impossible to try to remember the numerous web addresses we have compiled for easy access. Fortunately, there are a number of different ways to recover your lost bookmarks. Most of these ways depend on the browser you use, but Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari all have their own versions of software that can recover your lost bookmarks.
Web mail clients like Gmail has made losing email less of a concern, but there are still many people who get their email through a dedicated server, whether for a business or through a personal Internet account. If anything on that server goes down, many important emails could disappear. For that, there are programs that can enter email clients like Outlook and recover the many sections that may have been lost, like mail messages, folders, calendars, meeting requests and appointments, among other things.