The hard drive whirs and grinds in your desktop computer. You don’t know whether to turn the computer off and back on again. Hard drive crashes can be scary events. You worry about recovering your important files and data. Whether you have valuable business documents or cherished family photos on your hard drive, you want to get them back!
The issue of data loss is one that you should always seek to avoid if data is something that is important to you. Fortunately, there are many new technologies that have been developed and which can be used to reduce the risk of this happening. For instance, you could buy software to help you do the backups for the data, so that you don’t have to do it manually. Having to do it manually is prone to a number of issues, including the fact that it relies on your memory in order to get it done. This means that if you ever forgot to back up the data, you would run a higher risk of having major losses in case anything happened.
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Simply put, anytime that your files and data aren’t accessible you will need to perform data recovery to get them back. That sounds simple enough; however, the recovery process is not always that simple and may, in fact, be a rather complicated ordeal at times.
Computer owners lose files in one of four ways: logical drive failure, physical drive failure, human error and machine failure. The chances for data recovery depends on how it was lost. Recovering lost data is different in each of these scenarios. Two of them – human error and logical failure – are often remedied by similar methods.
Or perhaps I should say wordless. The Data Rescue Center recently had a customer that was a freelance writer that had lost all of his data. He decided to share his story so he could help others prevent data loss…
About 15 years ago, I created a data recovery and protection plan. It has now been over 15 years since I lost any of my critical files. That’s not to say that my computers haven’t been subject to data loss. I’ve set up a robust and easy to use data protection/recovery plan that’s been very effective.
There’s a difference between backing up and archiving. While it sounds like you’re doing the same thing, they have different purposes. They both help prevent data loss; it’s the way they do it that matters.
Apple’s new iCloud storage system shows promise, and offers a more convenient method of storing and syncing information between devices. Storing device backups on a computer, however, feels safer for people unaccustomed to cloud storage. Which option is best for you?
In a previous post, I mentioned that Microsoft® had released its new Window 8® operating system. I promised I’d give you some tips to make the transition easier for you and safer for your data. There have been many instances of people losing files when transitioning to any new OS.
We’ve heard the hype. We’ve listened to the pitches. News stories were all over the Internet. Experts debated and the pros and cons of each choice were presented. If we were diligent, we’ve considered all of the options.
Today I spoke to a customer who was using Prosoft Engineering’s Drive Genius 3 on his MacPro to monitor all the hard drives on the MacPro. He received a warning from DrivePulse in Drive Genius 3 saying that his external hard drive has bad blocks. He contacted me in regards to this issue because this was his first issue with a computer hard drive.
Today I spoke with a customer who got a warning from DrivePulse in Drive Genius 3 about corrupted preference files. This customer had purchased and installed Drive Genius 3 on his new MacBook Air and his wife’s MacBook Pro. One day he got a warning saying that a .plist file is corrupted and needs to be removed. He tried to fix the errors himself but could not figure out which folder to go to find these files.
A recent article in Processor.com magazine revealed the top three causes for data disaster. The results were based on an Info-Tech survey and the statistics are quite interesting. Additionally, you can use this data when developing your personal or company’s data recovery plan. Here are the top three causes:
Heat harms electronic components. One of the biggest causes of heat is dust. You should clean out the dust from your computer every couple of months. How often you do this depends on how much you use it and what the surrounding environment is like. Dusty environments, such as industrial settings, will require more cleaning. Heat can damage a hard drive and you may need a hard disk file recovery service to get your files back.
In another post I told you about using disk cleanup in Windows 7 to remove unnecessary files from your computer. Now let’s take a look at defragmenting your drive. Performing the cleanup first should enhance the defrag routine because it won’t need to deal with the unnecessary files.
Proper computer maintenance help keep your computer running smoothly and efficiently. Additionally, the recovery engineers at most reputable data recovery services will tell you that proper maintenance helps data retrieval success on standard drive and SSD recovery.
We are prepared for a variety of computer data emergencies at The Data Rescue Center. If you are the information technology engineer for your company, the stress caused by data loss is overwhelming unless you are also prepared. The Data Rescue Center wants to partner with you so that recovering your lost files is performed quickly, efficiently and securely. Our data recovery engineers are proficient in the techniques and technology that ensures the safe retrieval of missing data on virtually any type of storage media.
I discussed some computer maintenance chores in a recent post. Keeping your computer in top shape will help to reduce problems that can lead to data loss. This spring I would also like to recommend another extremely important task: setting up an effective backup routine.
Disasters are interesting things. We never want to be involved in one, however, we seem to be drawn to depictions or actual descriptions of them. For example, the sci fi channel seems to run a disaster movie marathon at least once a month. News flashes on television immediately draw our attention if they are about some natural or man-made disaster. As interesting as they might be, it is important that we do assess our own situations and plan for any disasters that could happen to us. For a small to medium sized business, this includes the protection of vital business data.
We perform all kinds of computer hard drive data recovery at The Data Rescue Center. This includes internal hard drive recovery as well as external hard drive recovery. I’m always looking for news on the business trends in data protection and a report on a recent 2011 survey caught my attention. Of the companies surveyed, which included businesses anywhere from one employee to over 10,000 employees, 50% stated that they had experienced data loss in the last 12 months prior to the survey. Additionally, 27% of the companies surveyed said that it would take at least 24 hours to recovery their lost data. Even more sobering was that 10% of them stated that they would have no chance at all to recover their business files.
I have seen an increasing amount of ads and specials for budget sub-$200 data recovery services. In one case ,I handed a Data Rescue Center business card to a neighboring technical establishment that I was visiting and was shocked by their perception of Data Recovery costs. Basically, the feedback was surprising and paralleled the ads on Google I continually see when searching for “Physical Data Recovery services”. The repetitious feedback, is that data recovery scenarios cost around “$199.00”. $199.00 dollars may be more accurate if your data loss is due to deleted files, formatted drive or an unmountable volume or partition. These types are called logical recoveries.
Most businesses and many individuals have an emergency action plan in place for natural disasters. The action plan may include emergency exits and evacuation locations. The action plan may also include a trunk or toolbox that contains the tools needed in an emergency, such as flashlights, rope, radios and batteries. Additionally, emergency food rations may also be stored in a safe location.
The recent successful cyber-attack on online retailer, Zappos, should sound a warning to everyone who uses the Internet for activities that involve sensitive information. Hackers stole important information from approximately 24,000,000 users of the Zappos site. Information that was stolen included names, addresses, telephone numbers and the last four digits of customers’ credit card numbers.
The team at The Data Rescue Center, a data recovery service based in Livermore, California, would like to remind their clients that protecting personal privacy and information is vitally important. This includes both offline and online information. We would like to recommend that everyone visit the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse website for extensive information on how to protect privacy and personal information. All Internet users should read the article entitled “A New Year for Privacy: The PRC Launches Online Complain Center.”
The team at The Data Rescue Center checks trends around the country and around the world, keeping up with the latest information on data loss and data recovery. A recent survey, completed in Europe in 2011, revealed some rather disheartening statistics. Business owners should take this information and review their own business’s data protection and recovery plan.
The holiday season is here and it’s time to prepare for all the festivities. Be sure that you have plenty of batteries for your digital camera to take those great, candid snapshots. The average family will probably take hundreds, if not thousands of photos; digital cameras have made it so easy to become a real shutterbug.
As we approach the holiday season I would like to remind all of you to back up your computers. Now is the time of year great memories are captured with digital pictures and videos. It is easy to overlook and forget about doing those backups.
When you backup your computer data, you are performing the most important step in data protection. The necessity of data backup has been reiterated in blogs and posts all over the Internet for years. Power users understand that file backup is vital, especially to protect their business from the affects of data loss.
At first glance, this question seems simple enough and a quick answer would be that a hard drive is not worth repairing. However, in order to answer the question properly, we must first make a few distinctions and clarifications. There are certain circumstances in which a failed drive can be repaired.
It is an unpleasant fact. No matter how reliable a piece of technology is, there is still the possibility of failure. Sometimes the result of the failure is catastrophic. When the failure is your computer’s hard drive, the potential loss of data affects your bottom line, both personally and professionally. The business professional faces the possibility of financial loss when a company computer fails. Many documents may have to be re-created, resulting in lost time and money. Some data, however, cannot be re-created or replaced.
Severe weather can wreak havoc on the lives of individuals and the operation of businesses. There is no way to control the forces of nature. Even though we take steps to prevent damage and loss, there are times when these efforts are not enough. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances occur that are unavoidable.
Hard drive failure can occur on any computer and the results can be devastating. Irreplaceable date might be lost from a failure. Read this data recovery information and use it to protect yourself from a hard drive failure. Hard drives fail for several reasons:
All computer users should have access to data recovery information. Almost everyone uses some type of computer daily, whether it be a lap top, desk top of another kind of device, like a mobile phone, iPhone, iPad or MP3 player. We use computers to manipulate data, but computers are machines and machines break down. Computers sometimes lose data. Lost data can often be recovered from damaged, corrupted or failed storage media like hard drives (internal or external), CDs, DVDs, RAIDs (a set of hard disks that are used in a cluster or array to store and manage data) or memory sticks. Data is lost through one of two ways. A storage device may be physically damaged, making stored data inaccessible. Physical damage to a disk may result from one of many causes. For example, a CD-ROM may be scratched. A computer’s motors may fail. Storage tapes have been known to break without warning. Some data, at least, is lost when physical damage occurs. The file system as well usually suffers damage when there is physical damage, and in many cases the logical structures of the file system are corrupted as well. Logical damage must be repaired, usually by data recovery experts, before data files can be recovered salvaged from failed media.
Talking about how to avoid the need for data recovery seems contradictory to the mission of a data recovery company like the Data Rescue Center. However, we’re not really giving away any trade secrets, just disseminating a little bit of common sense.
With the release of Drive Genius 3 on the Mac, a new feature was added that makes monitoring your drives a lot easier: DrivePulse! Using DrivePulse, whenever the system is inactive for a period of time, it will check your drives for potential problems, making use of the S.M.A.R.T. technology in today’s drives (S.M.A.R.T. stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology), as well as fragmentation status, temperature, and other items.