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One of the loneliest sounds you'll ever hear is thesputtering of a hard drive on its last legs or the silence of acomputer failing to start up. We all know we should back up ourdata, but we don't always do it like we should-and sometimeseven backup systems fail. Unexpected disasters like flooding, fireor physical damage to a dropped laptop can also take theirtoll.
Depending on the severity of the damage, you can attempt torecover data on your own, or you can go to a professional. Softwareprograms like Symantec's Norton SystemWorks (www.symantec.com)include data recovery tools that can handle small data lossesresulting from crashes. One important item to look for whenshopping is an "undo" feature. In some cases, a recoveryutility can make matters worse and may have to be undone.
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