Deleted Files: Where Do They Go?

No one knows where broken hearts go. But do you know where deleted files go? Sure, your deleted files go to the recycle bin. Once you right click on a file and choose delete, it ends up there. However, that doesn’t mean the file is deleted because it’s not. It’s simply in a different folder location, one that’s labeled recycle bin. From there, you can easily restore the file anytime you want to.

Emptying out the recycle bin doesn’t necessarily mean that your files are permanently deleted. It might seem like it but that’s not exactly the case.

When a computer deletes a file or the Recycle Bin is emptied, it is removing the reference to the file on the hard drive. Once the file header, or reference, is removed, the computer can no longer see the file. The space the file took up is no longer reserved for that file, and any new file can be stored in that location.
What does this mean? The file is no longer readable by the computer. However, the file is still on

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Hard Drives: Two Critical Things You Should Know About Them

Hard drives. How much do you know about them? Well, here’s a little trivia for you. Decades ago, hard drive meant something else. For regular folks like you and me, hard drive was definitely not defined as an object. Back in the days, hard drive was far from being an object. In this day and age, it’s a lot different. Hard drive now refers to the hardware device found inside a computer. Hard drive or hard disk drive is where all the data are stored.

In many respects, the hard drive is your computer. It’s where all the data in your computer is stored for the long term — not just the things you save, but all the code required for your operating system, the framework browsers use to connect to the internet, drivers for your accessories, and everything else. When people talk about computer storage, they are talking about the hard drive.

(Via: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/what-is-a-hard-drive-your-guide-to-computer-storage)

A computer would definitely be useless without a hard drive. But that wasn’t the case in the early days. It’s quite interesting to know …

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The Best, If Not The Safest Way To Data Recovery

There’s nothing simple about data recovery.  This process of salvaging deleted data on a hard drive can easily scare anybody. If you have no IT background, you’re bound to panic, and quickly get above your head looking for a fix.  Imagine losing all your irreplaceable data and not knowing how to get them back can really send shivers down your spine. Who can blame you? After all, there are a lot of data stored in that hard drive of yours.

According to a study on second hand hard disk drives, it was found that more than half of them contained some very critical data.

A new study from technology firm Blancco Technology Group found that 78%— more than three quarters—of used, resold, or refurbished hard disk drives still contained personal or confidential information, despite supposedly being “wiped.”

In the first quarter of 2016, the group purchased a total of 200 used hard disk drives and solid state drives sold in the United States from eBay and Craigslist. Out of the 200, the Blancco’s digital forensics team was able to

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Should You Consider A Hard Drive Recovery Service?

Consumers want convenience. That’s a fact. When it comes to convenience in this day and age, we, consumers, turn to software or apps. One good example is relying on a cloud-based software to back up our data.

Cloud backup is primarily used on an individual’s or organization’s data via an offsite and remote cloud storage platform. Cloud backup works when a cloud backup provider allocates cloud storage that is accessible globally over the Internet or backup software via a purpose-built user interface or vendor API. Cloud backup storage can be used to virtually store and back up all types of data or applications. Unlike traditional backup techniques, cloud backup is highly flexible and scalable in scaling up and down on run time.

(Via: https://www.techopedia.com/definition/13587/cloud-backup)

If you think about, cloud backup is very convenient. With everything stored in the cloud, you don’t have to worry about capacity. You’ll probably just have to pay for it but you’ll be spared from worrying about it. You won’t have to put in so much effort in figuring out where to store data since …

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How To Deal With A Hard Drive Problem

Your  hard drive stores data. In case things go wrong, you can always rely on it to get back your data. Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? But what if your hard drive fails you? How are you supposed to get back your data when your hard drive fails? You don’t have to wait for your hard drive to fail.  You’re better off knowing the warning signs.

Most components on a PC that can fail will give some warning of their deteriorating condition before they just stop working altogether, and hard drives are no exception. Here are some warning signs of a developing hard drive problem. Disappearing files: If a file simply disappears from your system, this can be a sign that the hard drive is developing issues. Computer freezing: Computer freeze up from time to time, and it’s almost always solved by a quick reboot. However, if you find that you need to reboot more and more frequently, that could be an indication that your hard drive is beginning to fail. Corrupted data: If files on the drive are suddenly

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The Importance Of Having A Data Recovery Process

You need a data recovery process. Why? Well, because it hurts to lose data. It hurts even more when you lose them at a time when you need them most. In most cases, data loss happens at a time when you least expect it. Are you prepared when something like that happens? Chances are, you’re not. So, you end up panicking about losing your data.  Who wouldn’t panic about data loss? As much as possible, data loss is something you want to avoid but that’s totally impossible. It’s bound to happen. Unfortunately, you have a lot to lose when data loss happens.

Data may mean different things to different people. It means one thing to financial people and another thing to operations managers, human resources functions, and so on. It includes your intellectual property, customer records, employee identities, financial performance and much, much, more.

Data holds all the secrets to your competitive advantage, product innovation and future plans. It includes everything that interests all your of stakeholders. And, data leaks or criminal theft closes companies every day – pending their

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Surviving The Blue Screen Of Death

I really thought it was nothing. A blue screen appeared on my computer and I thought it was just one of those minor issues. After all, it was just sad face on a blue screen. How bad could it be, right? Well, I was wrong. I waited for my computer to restart but it never happened. I used another computer to research about the blue screen I was seeing. That was when I learned about the blue screen of death or BSoD.

Blue screens are generally caused by problems with your computer’s hardware or issues with its hardware driver software. Sometimes, they can be caused by issues with low-level software running in the Windows kernel. Regular apps usually won’t be able to cause blue screens. If an app crashes, it will do so without taking the operating system out with it.

(Via: https://www.howtogeek.com/163452/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-blue-screen-of-death)

I tried troubleshooting the BSoD but I couldn’t do it myself. There were a lot of ways to troubleshoot it, based on the research I did online. Unfortunately, none of them worked for me. Truth be …

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Is It Worth Buying Your Personal Server?

With all the leaks, spying, and data stealing and loss happening today, it is enough to drive an ordinary person to buy their own servers for their safety and security especially that of their precious and sensitive data. You’d often see it on the news – breaches in security and computers and servers fall prey to malicious online hackers that use malware to tap into your system and steal your data. Other times they take advantage of your computing power – as in the case of cryptocurrency miners.

If you are a computer user, you can’t just be complacent anymore. You either need to upgrade your computer’s defenses or perhaps buy your own server? It may sound ludicrous to some but it is already an idea considered not just by ordinary people but may even be sold commercially anytime soon. You can’t blame the public in wanting to upgrade their computer safety nets with all the threats they face on the web. There’s also the possibility that some hardware parts and pieces contain chips allowing the culprit to spy on …

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The Smartphone Era

Everywhere you look, you’d likely see a person glued to the screen of their smartphone. Almost everyone owns a phone or two and they spend a great deal of their time using it for various reasons. Smartphones have evolved to become like mini computers. Almost everything you do on a computer can now be done using your smartphone. It’s a major plus that it is extremely handy and convenient to use. You can use your smartphone for communication, which is essentially its main purpose back in the days. Then, you also use it for different purposes like a camera, calculator, calendar, saving notes, storing songs, clock and alarms, navigation, etc. but since it readily connects to WiFi, you can access the web anytime you want.

Our current addiction to social media and various apps are undeniable. People do not hesitate to spend hundreds to thousands in cash to keep up with all the latest smartphone advancements. In India alone, Indians are big spenders when it comes to smartphone purchases and it is just one part of the world. Other countries …

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Problematic Hard Drives

Most people can’t live without their computers now. We do so many things with it, from school to office work, for storage of personal data and files, for surfing the web and socializing, to many more, computers is a necessity we can’t afford to live without. Almost everything has gone digital now it is a must to keep up if you want to stay updated in life. While we focus too much on the computer as a whole, we tend to overlook that one of its most crucial component – the hard drive – is actually where most of the action takes place.

Whether you are using an Apple or Windows PC, you still need a hard drive for your device to actually work. They can usually endure heavy computer usage but over time, normal wear and tear and other factors can cause it to break down and fail. Neglect or abuse of your device like power surges, not shutting it down properly, and certain mechanical failure on worn parts can trigger a hard drive failure. There are often tell-tale …

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Making Sense Of Big Data

Data makes the world go round. Well, it’s actually the World Wide Web but it is essentially where everyone is now. From ordinary individuals of all ages and walks of life to big businesses and organizations, we input so much data on the web. This information, in turn, is utilized by businesses with online platforms to target their customer base. While not all the time it is always for business, people keep on sharing data on the web and the amount of data circulating online is not always used optimally.

Take the case of enterprise data. They are so widespread but you can’t easily relate the data as one. It takes a lot of work understanding what all these big data is all about because you have to narrow down your search and make a thorough review of individual strands of data to make sense of it. Extracting and analyzing these data is already tedious in itself and the entire process takes longer to finish before you figure out what the data you have actually means. There are also a …

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Making The Most Of Technology

We live in a day and age where technology has become a crucial aspect of everyone’s lives. It is common to see tech gadgets everywhere and people can’t go about their day without checking in on their social media accounts using handheld smartphones, tablets, or computers. Aside from socializing, the main reason we use too much technology now is that most things have gone digital. Whether it be at school or at work, most tasks are done online or at least with the use of a computer or a similar gadget.

Since it is no longer avoidable to invest so much of our time with these modern contrivances, why not make the most of technology and optimize the benefits you get from either your smartphone or your computer. With the growing influence of the Internet of Things, many of today’s devices easily connect to the web. Take advantage of the cloud by saving files online, so you can easily access it whenever you need it. You don’t even have to open a computer because you can open files through your …

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Is It Time To Make The Switch: Mac To Windows?

If you make a survey of all the computer users in the world, the majority are undoubtedly Windows users. Only a handful of the general population uses Apple products because the price is the first hindrance to most people. Apple gadgets are generally expensive and the price difference between other brands is so wide that the public would prefer buying the lesser known brand since it essentially does the same thing as what an Apple device can offer. So, no matter how superior Apple computers and cellular phones are, it is not enough to entice the public to choose it over the competition.

Meanwhile, Apple has a loyal customer-base who only uses Apple products from computers to smartphones over the years. But there are still a few who eventually switch from an iOS device to a Windows one for a lot of reasons. It is uncommon for Apple users to make the switch but as the years go by, more and more of their customers have grown fond of the functionality and other notable features of Windows computers that rather …

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Problems With Your Hard Drive

Your computer does so much for you that you feel lost without it. This piece of device holds so much data and does a multitude of function that virtually makes it irreplaceable. However, it also has its vulnerabilities. You should be extra careful when handling or using it because a simple mistake can render your computer useless. But which part of your device truly matters the most? Well, all parts are useful and thus important but if there is one aspect you should handle with most care then that has to be the hard drive.

The hard drive is like the lifeblood of your computer. It has moving parts making it more prone to wear and tear. Just imagine the daily stress it has to endure if you use your computer or laptop on a daily basis. It holds almost all the important data stored in your device, so you can quickly lose them all if you don’t back it up and your hard drive starts acting up and fails. When this happens, you can no longer access your data …

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The Chinese Invasion On Apple And Amazon Servers

The world is getting smaller and smaller as technology continues to advance forward. Things that used to be a dream in the past are now our reality today. We are able to do many things that were once considered impossible several decades ago. While many of them benefits society at large, some are considered detrimental to humans in some aspects. Not only have we become addicted (and virtually slaves) of many tech gadgets but we also excessively share personal information on the web. Hackers can have access to this sensitive data and use it without your consent.

Now, there’s one juicy piece of news that you can’t afford to miss today. We all know that most products are now made in China because of cheap labor and stuff but intelligence associates recently discovered that a Chinese military team has now access to millions of data by inserting a microchip on Apple and Amazon servers based in China. These chips are barely visible to the naked eye but they hold so much power since they can’t just steal data but even …

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Can You DIY Data Recovery?

Almost everyone right now owns a tech device or two or even more. Whether it is a smartphone, tablet or iPad, laptop, or computer, you store different types of data on these devices that can prove disastrous once they break down and you are no longer able to access them. It’s worse if you don’t have a backup in place because data recovery is your last resort in getting some, if not all, of your lost data back. These data can be anywhere from text files and documents to photos and videos that have different storage requirements.

But since you constantly use these devices in your day-to-day, it is inevitable for them to wear out and get corrupted or broken. Hence, you can never truly consider these devices for permanent data storage or at least save another copy in an external flash drive or hard drive for added security. There’s also the cloud that has made our lives even easier and more convenient these days. It is easier said than done, though, and we still go back to our old …

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The Myth, The Legend: Trump – Conspiracy Theories, Anyone?

You may think that conspiracy theories only happen in the movies, right? Well, most of the time it does but who says it can’t happen in real life too. You’d be surprised how more colorful and exciting true-to-life stories are than those works of fiction. Let’s just take for instance the last US election wherein the citizens of this land elected Donald Trump to the highest position in the country, the President of the United States of America. For someone who hasn’t served in public office at all, this is an astonishing feat and suffice it to say that his candidacy is also just as filled with fanfare and so many scandals.

The resurfacing of the issue on missing servers among others has been brought up recently. This is most likely related to the hacking of Russian Intelligence officers on the very same missing DNC servers on that fateful election that is arguably one of the most intense this nation has ever witnessed. It has segregated people into political parties: whether you are a Democrat or a Republican supporter. What’s …

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Ransomware Attacks Everywhere

Modern life afforded us with so many conveniences and luxuries. Things we have only dreamed about in the past are now realities we continue to enjoy at the present. Who would’ve thought we can do so much with a device that fits the palm of our hands? It sounds absurd right if you told it to your own self, say, 15-20 years ago. Yet, that is the reality we are living in now. We live differently from way back then but we somehow thrive off this new and much more virtual lifestyle except for at times sacrificing our health because of too much exposure to technological gadgets that emit harmful blue light and all. Unfortunately, this new lifestyle has opened us up to a new vulnerability and it continues to threaten us until today.

Ransomware was the talk of the town last year. These apps took the world by storm and left in their wake hundreds of thousands of losses and even crippled organizations for days on end. This type of malware is not new to us but it keeps …

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Data Recovery Is Never Easy

It is so amazing how one device can hold so much data all at the same time and still enable you to do more without compromising speed, performance, and efficiency. Modern computers are indeed lifesavers since they allow us to multitask and take advantage of every opportunity out there so we don’t get left behind by the competition. Over the past few years, individuals, businesses, and organizations alike have all made a concerted effort in centralizing everything to ensure that all important files can be accessed in a click of a button whenever the need for it arises.

Unfortunately, things aren’t always smooth sailing. As much as we love technology, it has flaws that aren’t just costly but can give you headaches for days, too. This is an entirely new territory for many of us. Only a few have advanced technical knowledge who are well-versed on the digital lingo and has an extensive understanding of the ins and out of most modern contrivances as well as the World Wide Web. The majority of us are innocent consumers who know so …

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The Future With Robots and Smartphones

You can no longer ignore the direction the planet is taking. Everything has gone technical, digital, and virtual if you know what I mean. Wherever you look, there is some sort of tech advancement that runs the place and ensures everything is in order. Even in our homes, it is also now filled with various tech contrivances that promise to enhance efficiency and make our lives easier and more comfortable.

This has its limitations, though, given that modern tech gadgets cost a lot and not everyone can afford them. But still, the demand continues to grow as other businesses come up with cheaper variants that the masses can afford using the existing technology that is taking the world by storm right now. While some argue that the existence of smartphones has rendered other technologies obsolete, it actually is the exact opposite.

Smartphones will continue to be a staple many can’t live without and demand for parts and other similar technologies are just as popular too. It is a domino effect that isn’t entirely bad for the automation market where other …

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AI Is The Future

Technology is all around us today that we can only wonder just how far we can take it further in the coming years. A few years back, smartphones were still a luxury and only the elite can afford it but today, the masses have their own smartphones that allow them to access the web whenever and wherever. This has been made possible when cheaper and more mass-produced handsets are marketed and sold to reach a wider demographic. Hence, even ordinary individuals own a smart gadget that offers more or less the same features as popular brands like Apple and Samsung but only at a fraction of the price.

The technology that we know today continues to move forward and traverse uncharted territories. Let’s take artificial intelligence for example. We are already quite familiar with the concept of artificial intelligence (AI) per se even if the details are still a little vague to most people. It is even available in some technologies we are using. Think of Alexa and Siri and the likes. However, AI may eventually go mainstream with news …

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Failing Hard Drive

Computers are a delight to many. They allow us to do a lot of things at the same time without even leaving our seats. Can you imagine living life without them? It has been decades since computers were still a rarity. Back then, things were still done manually and it had its pros and cons. Things were probably simpler. You don’t need to learn a lot of things at once but it took more time and effort in finishing up tasks. But with the advent of modern computing, things that will take ages to do and finish can now be done in a snap and the best thing about all these technological advancements is that we can now connect to the world at large with just a click of a button.

Things can be done in real time and it has opened up opportunities that never existed back then. You can even work from the comfort of your own homes and still earn more than the average worker out there. As wonderful as it may seem, technology has a major …

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Computers Make The World Go Round

The world has been overtaken by technology. It is apparent in everything you see around us. People are glued to their smart devices and computers that is has become second-nature for us humans now to check in on it now and then day in and day out. Even young ones are at ease in using smart devices and computers, especially that most homes and both public and private establishments now have Internet access. Most people are pretty comfortable navigating the web too. The lure of social media platforms and other online websites is hard to resist and everyone goes online these days almost every day now for just about all types of reasons you can think of.

While considered a bit bulky to be carried around, computers still reign supreme because they have essentially served as the backbone of modern society for quite some time now enabling for major and quick changes that we are now enjoying today and most likely many more will come in the near and far future as we now live in the digital age. Yet, …

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What Leads To Hard Drive Problems?

Your computer won’t always be brand new. You may have bought it shiny and sparkling new but it wears out the longer you use it. Even if you don’t use it that often every day, it still stores files and grow old every day the same way you do. And as such, it is inevitable that you face technical problems along the way. The problems are usually simple and easy to fix. A quick restart or shutdown of your device or a restart of the modem will usually do the job. However, some problems persist and can cause more headaches than you want it to be. It is even more infuriating if the problem lies on your hard drive because you can expect it to cost you more money than you’d like to spend on, actually.

Unfortunately, moving parts like hard drives will eventually fail on you because of the very fact that they move. Even newer ones like SSD’s (solid-state drives) fail although a bit longer than regular hard drives. These problems don’t come without notice, though. There are …

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How Big Data Changes The World

If you are a techno-phobic, now is definitely not the best time to be alive with technology being at the very core of our existence. You’ll be stressed just at the thought of having to keep up with all these digital changes taking place in front of your very eyes. You may be resistant for a while but it is truly your lost if you continue to resist and miss out on the benefits it offers that other people are now openly enjoying. It is even more important that you update yourself on these things if you are an entrepreneur because that is the only way for you to keep up with all the other businesses and survive. Technology has been the buzz for the past decade or so because it is both our present and future.

With the continued rise and popularity of the Internet of Things, there is no going back anymore. Big data is the hottest trend that is here to stay and you can expect more data to accumulate in no time since the IoT has …

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