Destroying Hard Drives 101: The Acid Test

hard-disk-in-acidLook at the news today and you’ll probably find at least half a dozen articles on a data breach somewhere. Between Sony, Ashley Madison and the Department of Homeland Security (ouch) it feels like no one is safe. I mean, if these big guys can’t keep your digital information safe how are you, average Joe/Jane supposed to do it?

Well there are ways to protect your data that you might not have thought of before. You can throw your hard drive in the ocean, you can smash it to pieces with a cinder block or you can just not store data digitally ever again. But there’s one other thing you might not have thought of before:

The more information you put online or in the digital space, the more opportunities there are for nefarious types to get at it. You

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Data Recovery Tools You Should Look To

dmde-recovery-toolThere’s nothing worse than spending four hours on a final assignment for school or an important project for a big client than having your data suddenly disappear. This is a common issue and it affects more people than you’d think. It’s important to ensure that you’re backing up your data and there are several ways to do that. Some options include regular backups to a cloud program or scheduled backups to an external hard drive.

There is an important thing to remember though: there are essentially two types of hard drive failure (read more here: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/hard-drive-failure.html) and not all options work for both.

You’ve got your logistical failure which means a program or software is no longer working the way it’s supposed to. This can corrupt your data and make it hard to read. If this is the case, …

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Here’s A Quick Way To Speed Up Your Computer

It’s agony to wait. Whether you’re waiting for the next episode of your favospeed-up-computerrite show to come on, waiting for your food to finish cooking or waiting for your computer to just turn on, it can feel like torture.

No one likes waiting and people are getting more and more impatient than they ever have before. They want to be able to find the answer to their question five minutes ago not five minutes later. Admit it. You may just be one of those people.

Computers require maintenance and if you use something often enough you are going to be faced with wear and tear. This is going to lead to a loss in speed. Which sucks.

You might think that you need to buy a new computer every two years or so because technology is advancing and …

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Laser Data Storage: The Future Is Now!

laser-data-storageWe are a generation of impatient people. We want everything, at our fingertips, as of thirty seconds ago, without expending a lot of energy to get it done. It’s not that we’re lazy; it’s that we’re constantly looking for ways to make our lives more efficient. No one remembers random facts of knowledge any more when it’s that much faster to just ‘Google it’.

Storing and retrieving our data needs to follow the same vein; it needs to be fast and easy. There has been some research into making the process faster for us and one of the surprising tools used to achieve this is: lasers.

Not shooting-out-of-your-eyes lasers but lasers nonetheless. Read on about how this came about:

As we use more and more data every year, where will we have room to store it all? Our rapidly

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A Spring Data Cleanup Can Be A Great Thing

clutterYou’d think with the rise of digital files there would be a lot less clutter in our lives. In many cases clutter has gotten worse. You can open a folder on your computer and sometimes find hundreds of files and photos that you don’t even need. You might also have a dozen email accounts or old digital receipts for that pair of pants you had dry-cleaned five years ago. A lot of this information is unnecessary and if you had received a paper file it would be long gone by now.

You need to be proactive about what you keep and what you get rid of. Do you really need that photo of your dessert that you shared on social media four weeks ago taking up space on your phone? Probably not.

I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m

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Recover Data From An External Hard Drive Like A Pro

external-drive-recoveryStorage technology has truly exploded over the last 10 years, and has virtually changed the world over the last thirty years. No generation has seen a greater change in the way they communicate, what with email, text and the mass acceptance of the cell phone. Computers are no longer huge machines that can take up an entire floor in a building. With the invention of smartphones, tablets and laptops, all your data is as portable as you are.

But with great advancement comes great responsibility. Many people have learned, the hard way, that you need to have copies of all of your important data in multiple places. If you have all your files in one place you’re going to be in big trouble if that device ever breaks down on you. Oh, and they do. So instead of just saving …

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Your Data Loss Prevention Starter Guide

Data loss is much more than just a failed RAID array.
Data loss is much more than just a failed RAID array.

One of the worst things that can happen to a startup would be for the entire company to experience how cruel technology can be, and how brutal it can be when RAID servers fail. As we evolve we find ourselves depending on technology more and more.

Heck, most people can’t remember a phone number anymore because we’re so used to selecting who we want to call from a list that lives on a device we carry in our pockets. There have been several news stories about leaks of information from large companies like Sony and Ashley Madison. Not only is it damaging to the reputation of a company just starting out, it’s a huge mess that no one really wants to deal with.

You’ve got to make sure …

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How To Set Up The HP ProLiant RAID Rebuild Priority

In this article, I’ll show you how you can adjust HP ProLiant RAID rebuild priority. This will set the level of precedence you have assigned to a RAID array rebuild as compared to routine I/O tasks. If you set the priority to low, the rebuild will occur only when the controller is not busy with normal I/O operations. As a result, you’ll show minimum effect on routine I/O tasks.

But it is important to note here that any array rebuilt using a low priority setting can actually create a possibility of compromising default tolerance level at the time of rebuild. This can lead to a failure which requires professional HP ProLiant recovery.

However, if you set the rebuild priority level to medium, that rebuild will be done using 50% of the resources, leaving of course the remaining fifty percent, …

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How to Choose A Hard Drive Recovery Service

choosing a data recovery serviceWe live in a digital age. Fewer people turn to pen and paper to take notes or to write letters. If you’re like pretty much everyone, you’re probably reading this off the screen of an electronic device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Meanwhile, hand-held cameras have been replaced by the camera on your smart phone. Most albums are digital and the coming generation isn’t going to know what a CD is, let alone a cassette tape. We download and upload files daily. We like, share and tweet by the swipe of a finger.

While this may be the case, we need to be careful with our information. By storing all our documents, videos, music and photos on a hard drive we run the risk of losing it all immediately. Aside from backing up your information to an external …

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Mac Hard Drive Recovery Just Got Harder…

IMac
The ever uncrackable IMac. Now more proprietary than you’d like.

Well, color us surprised, but then, not really. Apple is up to its old tricks again, this time making it harder than ever to perform Mac hard drive recovery. Or removal. Or replacement, for that matter…

Yes, according to a note on Engadget, the new IMac actually has a “specialized” proprietary SATA cable for its hard disk, on which features a seven prong setup as opposed to the usual four prong. This  means that if you were really techie about it (and you have to be on an IMac anyway, as removing a drive is nowhere near an easy task for the layman) and you wanted to put a new hard drive in your system, you’d be completely out of luck.

This is unless, of course, you bought …

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Hard Drive Failure Recovery: 3 Major User Mistakes

If you find yourself looking at a corrupt or seemingly dead hard drive and you’€™re very afraid that you could potentially lose all of your data, rest easy: this happens to hundreds of people everyday. The good news: for many of them it is not such a big deal.

Hard drive failure recovery can be tricky.
Hard drive failure recovery can involve messages like this.

Yes, you may have a lot of very important files: that sales presentation that is due in two days, maybe your year-end tax accounting files that will keep you from a messy IRS audit, or maybe just those special vacation photos that you just forgot to back up. Not to mention the important e-mails, your work calendar, and all the other critical stuff that is stored on your hard drive. But don’t worry, because it is always possible to get hard drive

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Flash Drive Not Recognized Is A Common Error: Fix It Here

One of the more common errors we are seeing from our customers lately is the Flash Drive not recognized error. One of the funniest things about flash drive in general is that they tend to be very robust when it comes to a data storage solution. If you would’ve talked to us 10 years ago, and told us that there would be a form of storage that can be upwards of 128 GB that we could attach to our keychain, drop on the ground with abandon, and probably even drop into the toilet and still get our data back, we probably would have laughed our heads off.

Flash drive not recognized
Flash drives come in all shapes and sizes, and can take a serious licking!

Of course, flash drives are some of the most robust data storage devices you can find. And, even though …

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Recovering from SSD Failure

One of the biggest surprises experienced by many laptop users is an SSD failure. It’s surprising for many people because of a couple of important things. First of all, people assume that because an SSD or solid state hard drive does not have as many moving parts as a regular hard drive, it naturally is going to be failure proof.SSD drives are far from failure-proof.

Most users just assume that they will never really have to consider something like SSD data recovery, because of the fact that these drives are typically very robust in nature. After all, they are based on a similar technology to flash drives, and everyone knows that those things can take a licking and keep on ticking.

Can SSD Drives Fail?

In a word, yes. Even though SSD hard drives are not subject to the same kind of failures as …

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Hard Drive Problems And The Cheapest Data Recovery

Hard drive problems are pretty common nowadays, particularly with the popularity of not only laptops, but external hard drives. Because of the portability of these particular devices, and the fact that we are all subject to human error of some kind, we receive a number of crashed hard drives each day. Many of our clients are looking for some kind of data recovery online, but typically do not know exactly what they are looking for because of the fact that they are not sure of what their specific hard drive problem is.

This is no big deal, of course, as we have almost seen it all when it comes to hard drive problems, and can typically diagnose yours within five minutes or less. We’re not trying to say that we are the Domino’s Pizza of the hard drive recovery industry …

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How to Fix External Hard Drive Problems

One of the most intriguing things about the data recovery industry in general is the fact that there are always websites out there that are offering some kind of quick fix. Recently, we have come across a lot of sites that claim to tell you how to fix external hard drive failures.

Dangerous Information Is Everywhere

Naturally, we do not want to target anyone specifically when we say that typically a lot of this information is not only incorrect, but very dangerous, particularly in cases where the data that needs to be recovered from an external hard drive is very critical. We have seen a lot of cases where businesses trust their data to shoddy data recovery software providers or computer repair stores that really have very little idea about providing professional data recovery, and we can tell you …

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Portable Hard Drive Recovery?

One of by far the most popular services offered by Hard Drive Recovery Group is of course portable hard drive recovery. There a number of reasons for this, but considering the popularity of portable storage and external hard drives nowadays, this is not altogether surprising.

And, because of the fact that external hard drives are quite inexpensive and are now available to the regular user (as opposed to a few short years ago when portable hard drives were actually very expensive and typically tended to be used by businesses only), they are used more commonly than ever. In fact, even at our shop we use a variety of external and portable hard drives in order to back up our own data. They can be a very robust solution and you certainly cannot beat the price per gigabyte.

External Hard Drive

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Memory Card Recovery Services

Almost all modern digital cameras use portable storage devices called memory cards. They can store gigabytes worth of digital images. Unfortunately, it is easy to delete stored data from these memory cards. If you accidentally select a delete-all function (which happens to all of us, at least once), your vacation photos, family memories and all the great moments you have stored on your camera can be erased. Unfоrtunаtеlу, іt іs easy tо delete stored data frоm thеsе cards.  But it is not necessarily permanent, at least with the right professional hard drive recovery.Memory card recovery

This іs thе reason whу уоu nееd tо knоw hоw tо recover memory cards. Recovering deleted digital data іs not only роssіblе, but a very popular service. Тhаt іs bесаusе cards will nоt іmmеdіаtеlу permanently wipe clean thе deleted files. Тhе digital files аrе stіll thеrе. …

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Hard Drive Clicking? What Not To Do.

When it comes to a clicking hard drive, the web seems to be pretty chock full of “things to do when your hard drive is clicking.” Unfortunately, 98% of the stuff that is out there is either a myth, or simply dangerous to your hard drive (but most importantly, the data contained within!).

hard drive clicking
Ok, so if you can see the inside of your hard drive like this, you’re doing something wrong.

So, we figured we’€™d instead create a Top 3 list of things NOT to do when you hear your hard drive clicking, because clearly there is no shortage of “To-Do€” advice. Most of this advice is very unfortunate, however, because in some cases it can take what would have been a perfectly recoverable hard drive and make it absolutely worthless. No more pictures, no more emails, no more …

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Remote Data Recovery

What many business owners do not think about when they have a server failure or catastrophic hard drive crash is that it is not always necessary for them to immediately package up the hard drive and send it to a professional provider such as Hard Drive Recovery Group. It is not always necessary to prepare your hard drive for shipment immediately, especially with more complex machines such as raid arrays or NAS or SAN systems. Instead, many business owners turn to us for something known well in the industry as remote data recovery.

About Remote Data Recovery

Typical server bank in the midst of a remote data recovery job.
RAID servers are perfectly built for remote data recovery services.

Remote data recovery is exactly what it might suggest: professional data recovery services completed from a location that is remote to yours. This means that no matter where you live, or where …

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RAID cannot access disk drive?

Unfortunately, despite what many of the raid controller manufacturers would like you to think, raid servers are far from infallible. As a result, you will not commonly, but possibly have to deal with a situation in which your raid cannot access any of the data on your disk drive. Or, as it is more commonly known, your raid disk.newsraid cannot access disk drive

This can actually be for a number of reasons, and one of the biggest pieces of advice we give almost every client who is having raid server difficulties or some kind of raid failure, is to resist doing anything rash. One of the key causes of major raid disk failure is some sort of physical intervention by an administrator. The unfortunate part about this is that IT administrators are typically very smart people, and are typically very risk-averse. But in …

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Hard Drive Freezing?

One of the most common symptoms we hear from our customers is that there “hard drive is freezing”. I think it is important to note that this is a very common symptom because of the fact that hard drives are created to essentially stop working whenever there is something mechanically wrong with them. As a result, many people find that they have total computer freezes before any kind of clicking or buzzing sounds begin to emanate from the hard drive. Hard drive freezing can be a warning of future disk issues.

I think one of the things that a lot of people miss when it comes to a scenario where there hard drive freezes is that often this may be your final chance to back up your drive before major physical hard drive failure occurs. In fact, you definitely need to understand that once you have experienced a major hard drive

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Recover Your Hard Drive Using Software? Not as common as they’re saying…

Funny thing when you check the search engines for information on recovering hard drives… Naturally, most people want to assume that they can quickly restore all of their files using a cheap, easy to download data recovery software. I would want to assume this, too.

But I think it’s important that people understand that no matter what a Youtube video might say about a ‘dynamite’ hard drive recovery software, it may not work for you.

Slimy sales people on the Internet? Really? I can only imagine your disbelief. But for most people with hard drive failure problems the reality is that their data is simply NOT recoverable using software.

Ask yourself this: if you cannot boot your program or access the operating system, how exactly is this software going to work?

In fact, most authentic physical hard drive crashes …

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IOSafe SSD – Hard Drive Recovery Unnecessary?

the IOSafe SSD
IOSafe: making hard drive recovery obsolete?

As we have mentioned on occasion before, we simply love those IOSafe drives. A great idea, seems to be executed extremely well, and comes with the kind of price that doesn’t scream as “premium” as it would have a mere five years ago. Yes, the consolidation of the hard drive industry has been fantastic for users, and those prices aren’t going up anytime soon. IOSafe, though, seems to be in a class of its own as far as hard disk protection.

So, it appears the company is moving forward with this, its first SSD drive.  It’s certainly not for the thin of wallet, to be sure, but it’s nice to see them taking their hard disk safety technology forward with this $499 beauty. Plus, it’s one of the fastest hard drives PC …

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No Nonsense Hard Drive Facts

A Seagate Hard Drive
A Seagate Hard Drive - more advanced than the space shuttle?

It really was about time. If you know the hard disk drive industry at all, you know that they have some marketing people that love to try to make a metal box look like a Corvette. This is hard drive technology, after all, which is frankly, quite amazingly dull. A lot of business owners like it that way. It’s a sturdy technology that lets you put a lot of information into a small space. Saves paper, too. Although if you were talking to a marketer, he’d tell you it was more exciting than the moon landing!

This article on hdd specifications from PC World is a great no-nonsense look at specs, and what to look for. Someone needed to say it, and I’m glad that PC World did. Take …

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Fake Hard Disk Failures, And Other Schemes

Yes, the hackers are getting better at graphic design as well!

Yep, they’re at it again. The Trojan Horse hackers had actually seemed to have gotten lazy for a while, at least by their previous standards. But now, they’re back: in Trojan 2: Fake Frag (Electric Boogaloo). Yes, more “fakeware”, this time claiming your “SATA Drive has Failed”, along with a ton of other fake messages. Then, despite the fact that you’ve never actually downloaded it, “Windows Recovery” software comes up and starts to scan your PC for bugs. Naturally, it finds them. By the tons. So not only is hard disk failure imminent, your computer is attracting parasites galore. Soon, it will be on fire.

Of course, it isn’t on fire. These Trojans are part of a new Blackmail-ware era of con game, where a “magic program” will …

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