Data is the backbone of a successful business. Data warehouses store gigabtyes, terabytes and even more amounts of data. A data recovery specialist is data’s medics. When data is lost or corrupted, they have the skills to save the company from disaster. Recovery specialists are usually a part of disaster recovery planning, and it can be a stressful position when company databases fail. However, it’s a well paying position for people who like fast-paced, highly valued job opportunities.

What Does a Data Recovery Specialist Do?

Most people have been through the stress of a crashed hard drive. While solid state drives are still too expensive, companies rely on hard disk drives to store most of their data. Hard disk drives are good for backups, because they are cheaper. Imagine having millions of customer records disappear after a hard drive crash. As you can imagine, it could cripple a business. A data recovery specialist ensures this won’t happen, and if a crash does occur, they know how to manipulate hardware and software to extract data from the drive during emergency situations.

Data recovery specialists are also forensics experts. They help government agencies find data on hard drives that could be hidden, destroyed, or deleted. They can obtain data even when criminals wipe hard drives from formatting.

Data Recovery Specialist Job Responsibilities and Duties

A position in data recovery can be slow at times, but when disaster strikes, it’s extremely fast-paced. The specialist must be able to think and act quickly to mitigate damages and bring data back to production in the fastest way possible. Each hour is more downtime and revenue for the company. Data recovery specialists also perform basic maintenance and support to avoid data disasters.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Ability to work with computer hardware especially hard drives and associated equipment
  • Soldering components to computer hardware to fix mechanical issues
  • Forensic discovery of computer data that’s either hidden or damaged
  • Work with cellular and wireless equipment to recover data from smartphones
  • Troubleshoot computer hardware issues and perform maintenance on desktops and servers
  • Work with other team members to identify security issues related to company data
  • Perform low level forensics on multiple computer hardware storage
  • Train team members with the best practices for data storage
  • Create data recovery plans for disaster recovery
  • Practice disaster recovery plans using testing policies