Data recovery is an extremely important service, and every year, businesses save millions of dollars thanks to the efforts of data recovery companies that rebuild and restore lost files from damaged hard drives, flash drives, and servers. However, data recovery has been practically unaffordable to the average consumer.
In the last year, the cost of data recovery has dropped significantly, making it much more affordable to average computer users. Here’s a look at why data recovery is cheaper than ever and why it will continue to drop in price.
The Economy. One of the most significant factors for the data recovery industry is also a significant factor for a variety of other industries. The diminished U.S. economy has made data recovery companies more competitive, and many have introduced special pricing plans to capture new customers. Those new customers come in the form of average computer users who couldn’t afford $1,000 for a hard drive data recovery case, but who maybe could afford $800 or less.
Special pricing policies are available from many major data recovery companies, and special discounts and coupon codes spread like wildfire in 2010. This has had a profound effect on the data recovery industry. Prices are much lower, and the average data recovery customer has changed significantly.
It’s not all good news, unfortunately. Many data recovery companies offer slower turnaround times or give up more easily on difficult cases to deal with the new flow of business. Still, professional, reputable data recovery services are much less expensive, and this is generally a good thing for data recovery buyers, whether they’re private computer owners or working for a company.
Technology. Data recovery technology has progressed significantly over the last few years. New advances in firmware repair and special tools designed to preserve platter spacing have become more affordable. Class 100 clean rooms, once thought of as the ultimate investment in a data recovery lab, have faded in popularity, and class 100 clean benches are being used instead. Clean benches cost less than clean rooms while providing the same protection for hard drives, and multiple clean benches can be installed in a data recovery lab, allowing data recovery engineers to tackle more cases at a time than ever before.
New Hard Drives. Many hard drive manufacturers are now designing fail-resistant hard drives, or drives that don’t take on as much damage when they crash. This is good for data recovery companies, as it means more recovered cases. Data recovery companies can offer lower prices and better turnaround times when more cases are recoverable, and this effect has become especially pronounced in 2010.
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