Shipping & packaging devices that need data recovery
You have a device and media that require data recovery. Maybe it’s that picture of your nephew playing baseball, the wedding photos, or work-related files requiring backup. When you have a damaged device, the most important thing for you to consider is data recovery.
You must make sure you package the device properly for transport so the device is safely delivered and ready for a data recovery. Packaging your device properly is of utmost importance, to ensure it will arrive safely to the data recovery company.
Regardless of whether your data is deleted or “lost,” to keep things protected and secure, you need to take the appropriate steps in packaging, so that you can start the data recovery process properly.
Styrofoam and bubble wrap are great choices for packaging (in fact they’re a favorite), but there’s a way you can create a strong and secure package even with materials you may already have on hand.
Instead of making a special trip to purchase more items in your data recovery quest, use what you have. Start to consider options you have available within your home to safely package your device.
The device needing a data recovery should be placed in a strong, reinforced cardboard box filled with bubble wrapping and then closed with adhesive packing tape. You can use a box you have on hand, such as from a delivery you’ve received.
If you do this, be sure to eliminate past addresses and barcodes from the box, so there’s no confusion in delivery.
Since your goal is data recovery, the last thing you need is for the device to be damaged because you shipped it inadequately. So, be sure to choose a box with strong integrity. The hard disk, or any other media you’re shipping, must not be in contact with the outer surface of the box.
This avoids further damage to the device for which you need data recovery. Boxes are tossed around during delivery, and appropriate packaging is required for safe transport. If your packaging is sufficient, you should have no concern in the delivery process.
Place your device in the center of the box and encapsulate it with soft material cushioning any impacts or drops. Your options include –
- A kitchen sponge
- Bubble wrap
- Soft, bulky paper
Always keep packing materials in the home, from received packages. This is useful for situations like this, or any others that will require safe packaging.
Complete any forms you received and place them inside the box with the device needing data recovery. Before mailing the package, be sure to notify the company you’re sending it to. This is an added security measure for protecting your device and eliminating your worries.
Print the form with the address of the company completing your data recovery. Place it in a plastic envelope for paper sheets and secure it with the adhesive tape you used earlier. Be sure to use a reputable company when sending your device needing data recovery.
After all, a stolen device needing data recovery equates to all data being lost. So, think twice about having it picked up at your doorstep while you’re away at the coffee shop for the day. Think security, think data protection.
The courier you choose will take your damaged device safely to the company, and they will begin the data recovery process for you. Be sure to review prices of all materials used.
Data recovery is priceless, but if you find you’re spending too much on getting the device to the company, you may find you’re losing the battle. Do not use priority mail for shipment when seeking data recovery from an important device.
Using priority mail is risky and unwise, especially for a device containing your personal data. Always use an insured entity, and of course always require the package to be signed upon arrival at the company performing the data recovery.
Companies like FedEx and UPS have long shown to be reputable and reliable. It must be stressed that it’s important to personally drop off your device to these entities yourself, to avoid theft from your front door. It can happen in the safest of neighborhoods, and does.
If data recovery is your goal, don’t be irresponsible when sending it out. You can expect a more secure and worry-free data recovery process by following the steps outlined here.
Protecting your data is something you’re obviously conscious about, so follow these directions carefully to ensure a safe data recovery process.
If there’s poor judgment in planning the packaging of your materials, or if you cut corners, it’s quite possible the damage is compounded, and may even become irreversible.