Why Is A Clean Room Needed For Data Recovery

Why Is A Clean Room Needed For Data Recovery

Why is a Clean Room Important for Data Recovery

Accidents are inevitable and can be especially annoying if or when they occur to something you cherish, for instance, your external hard drive, RAID array, or solid-state drive. No one would intentionally do damage to these delicate and vital drives but, nevertheless, sometimes these things happen. However, in as much as you cannot control the accident, it is very much within your power to control the “recovery process,” so to speak. Data recovery is a very delicate process which, if handled loosely, could result in more complications than before. An open drive is susceptible to further damage from even the slightest particles, ranging from dust to even dead skin. These particles very easily stick to the platters in the disc and can cause more issues during data recovery. This is precisely why, among other things, I recommend considering a simple prevention method – a clean room.

What is a Clean Room?

A clean room environment, simply put, is an environment in which the presence of air particles is minimal and almost non-existent. The particles are done away with as the air is filtered, and best practices are employed to curb the production of new particles. A clean room does not necessarily need to be an entire room – a little part or portion of a larger room could suffice for data protection purposes.

Entrance into a clean room involves a number of very necessary procedures, one of which is the wearing of clean room shoe coverings and gowns containing no link to the outside or open air (because the shoe, clothes, and skin cannot be filtered). This is especially important in data recovery.

Entrance into and exit from a clean room involves opening and closing the door as quickly as possible. This speed in opening and closing the door is necessary to avoid contaminating the clean room environment. So, for employees with the authorization to enter into a clean room, they must have received the necessary orientation on cleanroom best practices.

In a Class 100 or ISO Class 5 clean room, for each cubic foot of airspace, the air particles present are less than 100 for particles larger than 0.5 microns. Temperature and humidity are also factors to be controlled within a clean room. Typically, a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity of 50% should suffice for a clean room.

Is it Possible to Create a Personal Clean Room?

D-I-Y tips and other internet articles, offer steps and procedures involved in creating a clean room environment of your own. There are tips for creating the environment within a shoebox or in your bathroom. There is a claim that 20 to 30 minutes of consistently running the shower can do away with all dust particles, effectively turning your bathroom into a clean room. That is not all; there are also suggestions to make use of plastic food storage containers. 

A standard and effective clean room usually require the use of a sophisticated and properly functioning HVAC and associated filtering systems. Given all these factors, even if technically it is possible to create your own clean room, few people can really do it properly. This is why we at Data Recovery 47 do not recommend D-I-Y clean rooms for data recovery.

Besides, are you really able to bet the safety of your files on a rigged clean room? To avoid further destroying or damaging your files, it would be better if you do not open up your hard drive to repair damaged or stuck platters by yourself. 

Contact a data recovery service with a standard clean room environment. Contact us, and see your drives handle with minimal or no further data loss.

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