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Data Recovery Service vs Data Recovery Software

Losing data is not new; you can lose data from your data storage device in many different ways. But the question arises how to recover lost data. The answer to the question is simple, either take professional data Recovery service or data recovery software.

Initially, both may seem similar as they perform the same task of data recovery. But there is a lot of difference between the two approaches. The choice of one over the other approach depends upon knowing what each can do and which one is better from the perspective of an individual and an organization.

The following table compares and contrasts the two data recovery solutions available in the market, which can help in making an informed decision.

Data Recovery ServiceData Recovery Software
Caters to both logical & physical damage of storage deviceCaters only to logical damage of storage device
Can handle the physical damage case of busted parts as well as water damage to the storage device; all from the logical caseCan handle the logical damage case of deletion, formatting, lost-partition, or corruption of storage device
Is high-priced due to the need for physical diagnosis and repair of individual storage medium using replacement parts, class 100 clean room lab, expert staffs, and advanced data recovery tools & technologyIs low-priced due to the need of one time software development spend on each version, low overhead required to make available downloadable executable file via Internet, and easy sending of license key via email
One time data recovery for the storage deviceUnlimited data recovery within the license period
Is useful to recover critical data whose loss can create impact on the life of an individual or business, therefore must be tackled by experts who increase the chances of recovery as much as possibleIs useful to recover moderately important data, because losing a few irretrievable files due to the presence of bad sectors or overwriting won’t harm, therefore can be performed at users end easily
Is onsite and therefore needs to be taken or sent to the recovery centerIs offsite and can be performed at the comfort of user’s home or office
Is non-risky, accurate, efficient, reliable, and provides confidentiality & integrity of dataIs slightly risky as mediocre software can fail to scan and recover data
Provides additional benefits such as free pickup and drop of the storage medium, no recovery no charge, and guaranteed recoveryDoes not provide any such benefits, users are at their fortune of recovering their data using the data recovery software

As the fundamental difference between data recovery service or data recovery software is clear to us, the key question that the customer needs to figure out is “Which option to go for in case of data loss?”

Data loss is imminent no matter what!! Numerous reasons/cause or events can lead to data loss and that we often do not have any control over. But we have control over how to recover data and which of the above-mentioned options will provide optimal results. We receive multiple customers queries asking for suitable recovery software to recover data; customers believe data recovery software can do miracles without understanding the RISK associated using any random data recovery procedures. On the contrary, the software can work only on specific conditions (permanently deleted files, accidental deletion of data, formatting, etc.). The software may not be effective in severe cases like partition loss, physical damage, encryption, etc.

Our emphasis here is to make user fathom the concomitant RISK of permanent data loss and evaluate data recovery methods consequently. To evaluate data recovery risk Stellar has created a Data Loss RISK calculator; users can gauge which option (service or software) to opt for.


The blog compares and contrasts data recovery service or data recovery software. Both the option has their merits and demerits, and the choice of one over the other depends upon your need, time, acumen, and budget. If there is logical damage to your storage device and you are ready to troubleshoot your own risk then use a powerful data recovery software to recover your lost data. Else if there is physical damage to your storage device and the data it contains is really important, which you do not want to lose, then opt for a professional data recovery service provider.

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