Why Data Recovery Matters

People can get into a fit when they lose their precious data. Whether it is a photo from a decade ago or your favorite song/movie compilation to really important files and personal documents, your world comes crashing down when you can’t access it anymore. That’s when you realize how important these data are in your life and losing them can have a negative effect on the course your life will take. So now, you make your way to learn more about data recovery if you still want to have your files back or regret not doing so while you still can.

A hard disk failure is often the main reason why data loss happens. At times it can be a system crash or some other unknown cause that caused your data to get lost in the virtual world. At times it’s just the hard drive you can’t reach but it can also be a computer that’s no longer accessible giving you more headache than you can take. But no reason to fully panic just yet because there is still a slim chance you can get your data back if you just know what to do. With the help of some data recovery software or through the expert assistance of a hard drive recovery professional, you’d still be able to retrieve those lost files once more.

When a business of any size encounters a “blackout”, they lose access to the most

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Warning Signs Of A Hard Drive Failure

Technology can leave many people dazed and confused at times because of the numerous technical aspects of this industry. Computers, for instance, are the highlight but there are many other components that are just as important as the end product. We have different uses for computers. It is helpful in doing administrative and clerical tasks in any institution or workplace, even at school. You can surf the web with it and discover all the wonderful things that the Internet has to offer – from social media to the many good things you can use if you are an entrepreneur who wants to take your business to the next level.

Data is a big thing. From photos to videos to important life-changing documents stashed somewhere on your PC’s hard drive, you want 24/7 access to them for when the need arises. And most of the time, your computer cooperates and makes life easy for you. Unfortunately, there is that slim chance when your hard drive will fail you and you can no longer access these precious data you can’t live without. When that happens, data recovery may be your best bet although it’s not a 100% assurance that you can really get your data back. Hence, be wary and observant all the time because there are telltale signs that your computer may be going on a hibernate mode sooner rather than later.

WARNINGS

With almost every component in your PC, you’ll

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Lost Data? Recover It In 1-2-3

Data has evolved to become a truly precious commodity now. The word meant little to us a decade ago and we would likely relate it to plain information but it holds more power in our modern tech-crazed society now. Smart gadgets are life. The Internet is the place to be. Data is everything. You need data to access the web and you create data from all the files you share online or input on your computer – from that high school photo you can’t wait to post next Thursday as your throwback picture or that entire collection of movies you’ve accumulated through the years to the important documents that signifies all your achievements in life.

We value all this data highly and will move heaven and earth to get them back in the unlikely case of losing it or having it accidentally deleted. Data recovery is the process of salvaging your lost data whatever the reason may be. While some brave souls attempt to recover their lost data by themselves, it is always advised to have an expert look into it to avoid the risk of permanent data loss.

With data recovery, prevention really is the best medicine. Companies that put in place the best plans and tools to protect data are much less likely to go through the hassles of recovery, meaning they spend less time on data and more time on generating revenue.

Automation is a valuable tool

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Hard Drive Failures That Make News

It’s no longer acceptable for someone not to know a thing or two about technology. After all, it is what makes the world go round these days and it does not show any sign of stopping. From your smart gadgets to laptops and computers at home, they help us stay connected to the World Wide Web aside from allowing us to do plenty of tasks that require the use of a tech gadget of sorts like admin tasks and clerical work. It is even more important for businesses to keep themselves abreast of technological updates and advancements since they often have a big impact on the success or failure of their enterprise.

Even ordinary individuals understand pretty well the value of a hard drive. Many go crazy when they accidentally delete a photo or two especially if they haven’t saved it on a backup device yet. Nowadays, a lot of tech issues like hard drive problems gain a lot of attention because businesses stop and countless lives are affected when these glitches happen.

Health trusts on Teesside appear to have so far escaped the cyber attack reportedly hitting hospitals across the country.

NHS England has confirmed that the health service appears to have been targeted by a “large scale cyber attack” – a so-called “ransomware” attack demanding $300 in electronic currency to free files from encryption.

Several hospitals have reported “significant problems” with their IT systems and telephone networks.

Confirmed

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Vintage Mac For The Modern You

A lot has changed today that there are times we feel nostalgic and long for the good old days. Unfortunately, we can’t turn back time and we can only heave a deep sigh and look back on all the things that we miss from yester-years. From movies, TV shows, fashion and even habits and lingo, many of them define an era and older people can’t help themselves but long for the things they used to love but no longer have today. These changes are more noticeable among tech gadgets since they do stand out in the crowd.

Mac is among the first computing devices that showed everyone how technology can change our lives. While most of us got annoyed by the many eccentricities and limitations of the early Internet explorer, the elite was enjoying the perks only an Apple Mac desktop can offer. And over the following years, we have seen how Apple continued to shape the computing world like no other can.

The Internet Archive is a great resource if you’re looking to play with older PC apps and operating systems—thanks to a JavaScript port of DOSBox, you can run stuff like Mario Teaches Typing and Windows For Workgroups 3.11 right in your browser, giving you a quick and easy way to get some idea of what it was like to use a computer 20 or 25 years ago.

Now, the Internet Archive has some retro computing offerings from

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Maximizing Storage Space On Your PC

Almost each household now has a computer or laptop or even more. It comes in handy not only for work or school tasks but even for storing photos, movies, videos, and other virtual memory you cherish most. Unfortunately, your computer’s hard drive can only save a certain amount and it has its limit. If your hard drive is damaged, meanwhile, your storage capacity gets worse. And when it does, you have no choice but to save one temporarily on a flash drive, purchase a pricey external hard drive, or worse, delete extra stuff.

While deleting them is not an option you delight in, it happens at times (albeit with a heavy heart). But if you find yourself in a similar situation now, don’t just throw in the towel yet. Back stuff up, and avoid having to pay data recovery service prices (http://www.harddriverecovery.org/pricing.html). We’ll try to find ways how we can maximize computer storage space without sacrificing the memories you have made along the way.

Holiday pictures, party videos, movies or music: eventually every hard drive reaches its limits and a new storage medium needs be found.

But what’s the best way to do it? Do you just expand the computer’s memory or move your operating system and programmes to another computer? And do you opt for a large conventional drive or more expensive but faster SSD memory?

The easiest solution for desktop PC owners is to add

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Data Warehousing: Why Businesses Do Not Find It Appealing And What Works

Most of us are clueless about most computer lingo. As long as we know how to use a computer or laptop and make our way around the web, then we feel that we are good to go. But as technology progresses and more and more of the processes we use become increasingly complex for our simple minds, it helps to learn about one tech concept at a time so we do not hear crickets chirping in the background the next time we encounter it.

Data storage is a crucial concept nowadays where conventional means have been shadowed by more advanced ones – just think of the cloud. Things like Cloud backups are critical, especially considering data recovery prices (http://www.harddriverecovery.org/pricing.html) are not going lower. Oh, and there is also data warehousing – an equally important process that makes business all over the world go round and flourish.

Data warehouse was coined by William H. Inmon in the 1970s. Inmon, known as the Father of Data Warehousing, described a data warehouse as being “a subject-oriented, integrated, time-variant and non-volatile collection of data that supports management’s decision-making process.”

It mainly involves the extraction and storage of modeled or structured data. Data warehousing takes care of important data that a company needs in its conduct of its business. The downside is that it is costly and difficult to make and maintain, which makes it quite unpopular to entrepreneurs, aside from its many …

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Are Self-Replicating Computers the Future?

Computers have been at the forefront of our lives for decades now. While before they were mostly used in schools and offices, computers have welded themselves to the very core of our daily lives – think about smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and all the other appliance or gadgets you have at home or even in your pocket or bag. You start wondering how can technology still push the limits and what is waiting for us in the years to come.

We all know that nothing is impossible in this world. Many great inventions have been born out of a little innovation but with a lot of brains, talents, and support. Considering what the computing world has to offer now, we are pretty sure our minds will be blown away at what experts in the field can come up with. Oxford University’s Professor Nick Bostrom had something to say about computer superintelligence in an article published in the sputniknews.com.

“So think of all the crazy technologies that you could have imagined maybe humans could have developed in the fullness of time: cures for aging, space colonization, self-replicating nanobots or the uploading of minds into computers – all kinds of science fiction-y stuff that’s nevertheless consistent with the laws of physics. All of this superintelligence could develop, and possibly quite rapidly.”

And this is made possible with the use of DNA. Computers will be using DNA instead of traditional silicon for …

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Failing Hard Drives – Which To Avoid!

It’s basically a fact that when it comes to hard drives, whether they are old platter and spindle style or brand new SSD style, you’re best to not trust them on their own. This is what backups are for, of course, and certainly doing that is going to ensure that there’s practically no way you have to require a data recovery company like us, or our services.

So yeah, having a backup is fine. But what about the idea of avoiding risk by finding out which manufacturers tend to sell the drives that fail the most? I mean, if you had some way of tracking which hard drive companies you should avoid and which ones you should buy from, wouldn’t it make the whole data safety concept a whole lot better?

Well, we think so, and apparently so does Backblaze.com, as they actually have a hard drive failure rate study up on their website. Their methodology is:

Backblaze has recorded and saved daily hard drive statistics from the drives in our data centers since April 2013. At the end of 2016 we had 73,653 spinning hard drives. Of that number, there were 1,553 boot drives and 72,100 data drives…

At the end of Q4 2016 Backblaze was monitoring 72,100 data drives. For our evaluation we remove from consideration those drives which were used for testing purposes and those drive models for which we did not have at least 45

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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 can hardly go a day without reading about another massive data breach. How is the average person supposed to protect their sensitive documents and photos not of their genitals? Well, change your crappy password. Right now. It’s bad. Second, destroy, physically destroy hard drives containing sensitive information before disposing of them. You could use a hammer, but why not acid?

YouTuber NurdRage is here to help. In his latest video, the voice-modulated scientist shows us what will happen to a hard drive when placed in hydrochloric and nitric acids. Hydrochloric acid is nasty stuff. It’s the reason why

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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 increasing demand for web apps, file sharing and social networking, among other services, relies on information storage in the “cloud” – always-on Internet-connected remote servers that store, manage and process data. This in turn has led to a pressing need for faster, smaller and more energy-efficient devices to perform those cloud tasks.

Two of the three key elements of cloud computing, microchips and communications connections, are getting ever faster, smaller and more efficient. My research activity has implications for the third: data storage on hard drives.

Computers process data, at its most fundamental level, in ones and zeroes. Hard disks

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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 a digital hoarder. My devices, cloud storage, and email accounts are full of old notes, photos, Seamless receipts, bills, music, and videos.

I usually put off organizing them until it’s too late. Then, inevitably, I’ll pose to snap a selfie on vacation, and find my phone is out of memory. Or while I’m on deadline, I’ll get a notification saying my disk or cloud-storage space is full. And I live in dread of the day a hacker accesses some tidbit of personal or financial information that I’ve carelessly forgotten about.

So, I’ve decided it’s time to spring-clean my digital life.

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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 your files on your laptop or tablet you’d be smarter if you also backed up your files on an external hard drive or a USB stick.

Take caution, however, depending on your back up method. Nothing is foolproof and you want to make sure you save yourself some agony in the long run.

The purpose of backing up files is that you keep current copies of whatever you’re working on in more than one location. You save it on your laptops hard drive but you also back up your files to an external hard drive every other day or once …

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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, which will be allocated to normal I/O operations. If you apply a priority level setting, the rebuild will take place at the expense of typical I/O jobs. This setting has negative impact on overall performance but it ensures more efficient data protection. Therefore, we would suggest the high priority setting for any HP ProLiant RAID rebuild.

To apply your desired HP ProLiant RAID rebuild priority level setting, highlight the controller in the logical configuration view panel and hit Enter. Now highlight the option for Controller Settings and hit Enter. In the controller settings panel, highlight the rebuild priority setting you …

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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 hard drive every so often (you really should schedule a time once a week that you do this), it is important to realize that you may one day need the services of a hard drive recovery company like Hard Drive Recovery Group.

Hard drive failures can be caused by either physical or logistical reasons. Physical failures are when something is actually wrong with the drive itself, such as in the case of a damaged hard drive. Perhaps a piece is broken. The heads could be off balance.

These physical failures can only be repaired by removing the hard drive …

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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 a drive specifically from Apple. We won’t bet against the idea that this will likely be an expensive option when compared to picking up a discount drive at your local retailer. Some might call this a “war against the customer”, while others would call it “protecting Apple technology”. Whatever the case, IMac buyers may be getting a little more than they bargained for when they experience a hard drive failure. Users beware!…

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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 failure recovery.

But there are those people that decide to take the rescue of their failed hard drive into their own hands. And although it may not have been such a huge problem at the start, suddenly hard drive failure recovery becomes impossible. Here are three common user mistakes that you should avoid if you truly value what is on your currently damaged hard disk.

1. Using Bad Data Recovery Software For Hard Drive Failure Recovery

It only makes sense: whenever we have some kind of a hard drive problem our first inclination is to go to Google and …

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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 that these stories always end badly. We often end up picking up the pieces in situations like this, and although we are always happy to help, a drive that has been damaged by a non-professional can often be very expensive to recover.

Why Take The Risk?

Many of our business clients are the types of people that do not like to take unnecessary risks. But at the same time, many of these managers are also people who are self-starters and like to do as much as they can to solve a problem. So of course, when they need to repair …

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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 Problems

But, the issues with external hard drives are clear. Unfortunately, the portability of an external hard drive means that it is liable to be damaged in a number of situations; at least when compared to a common internal hard drive. As a result, many of our portable hard drive recovery jobs come from people who have dropped the drive, and are looking for a way to fix their external hard drive problems.Portable hard drive recovery issues

These issues are often made worse by the fact that many users that complain that their hard drive crashed were using these hard drives to back up …

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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. Тhеу wеrе simply marked аs deleted by the file system whісh mеаns thаt thе рrеvіоuslу occupied space оn thе card саn nоw bе replaced bу а nеw photo file. Тhеrеfоrе, we always recommend our customers stор usіng thе camera аnу furthеr аnd dоn’t tаkе аnу nеw pictures to ensure оld pictures are not overwritten permanently.

The key іs tо usе thе rіght software tо recover deleted photos frоm data card automatically. There are a number of products on the Internet, but unfortunately many of them are rather sketchy and offer no refunds if they do not function.  This is why …

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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 files. Gone. You do not want to be in that kind of situation, where your drive is dead and hard drive recovery is NOT possible, but believe us, it happens more often than we would like. It happens a lot, in fact, to people who:

1. Attempt To Fix Hard Drive Problems On Their Own

Hey! That guy on Youtube looks pretty cool as he pulls out a screwdriver and opens his hard drive case right in front of you, right? Well, although he may be cool, he’s likely also an idiot. There is a reason why clean room data …

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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 your business is located worldwide, as long as you have an Internet connection, we may be able to provide you with professional remote data recovery services.

In a lot of cases where a business owner or IT professional may have something like a mis-configured file system or partition table problems, we can offer immediate help via a simple network connection. This saves not only the business owner a lot of time and potential productivity loss, but also enables us to perform the data recovery service safely, and faster than if the hard drive had been removed from the machine in …

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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 Mag has ever tested, due in part to its USB 3.0 interface.

Now, we’re really not the kind of techie to recommend SSD drives to users – we still consider the technology too new and expensive, and risky, frankly, – but this one has it’s own insurance policy. And by that we mean literally – IOSafe will give you up to $5000 dollars for data recovery if it becomes necessary within the first couple years. Now, of course you won’t need close to that if you send in your drive to Hard Drive Recovery Group (nice plug!), but it does …

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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 it from us: there are really only so many things that matter when it comes to hard drive storage. In essence (with perhaps the exception of SSD drives and hybrids), this is very much the same technology that has been around for 20+ years.

On the other hand, PC World still is PC World, and of course their plug of USB 3.0 drives is funny only because they RECOMMEND them as a performance boost. My friends, we can tell you that unless you’re a robot, you’re not going to “sense” the milliseconds of time savings you will get from USB …

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Hard Drive Crash-Proof?

This drive is indestructible (according to the manufacturer!).

More great hard drive technology from IOSafe coming down the pipe. The 3TB “Everythingproof” hard disk drive touts itself as not only crash and failure proof, but fire and waterproof! This is one of those drives that you could take a blowtorch to and to cool it off, throw it in icy water. A “Mythbusters”-style piece of hardware, from a really innovative company.

Yep, can’t say enough about the technology at IOSafe (it isn’t good for our business, mind you ;)), but knowing the business of hard drive repair and recovery quite well, we would note that price, especially when it comes to storage media and hardware, is pretty much priority one when it comes to regular users. Business users can sometimes be different, but (much to their dismay when an inevitable hard drive failure occurs), more than often are also a little “by the seat of their pants” when it comes to data safety.

At $499, this is probably priced way above most personal users wallets, and is still not a “must have” for Enterprise users (which really should have a professional, consistent backup plan in place, one would think). But great technology, and despite only having 1 year of free data recovery service included (here’s where the $99 upgrade to 5 years protection comes in), a real improvement in the world of safe data storage.…

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OSFClone – Open Source Cloning For The Masses?

Interesting tool we just came across in the blogs. OSFClone touts itself to be a free drive cloning program (which is what companies that practice “safe hard drive recovery” use), which enables you to “see-all” that is on a drive. Basically, it looks to clone a raw image from your drive so that you can analyze it. It also boots itself, which of course lets you skip your OS and get straight to the nitty-gritty.

So probably not a program for “everybody”, frankly, but at least for those of us with geekier intentions. Worth a look, and a disk imaging program for FREE is certainly nothing to complain about. Especially if it works 😉…

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