Archive for February 26, 2014

External Drive Recovery

Picture of an external hard disk driveExternal hard drives certainly aren’t new but they are extremely popular. Many households have more than one and companies can have hundreds. It’s the convenience and portability of external USB hard disk drives that makes them so popular.

External hard drives can be single disk systems or multiple disk NAS devices, some running RAID. Most connect to either a computer using a USB connection or a router. This last option is very popular as it allows everyone who can connect to the router to share the data on the external hard drive.

External hard drives also get knocked over or dropped, when this happens, and it happens quite a lot, they break and the data on them is lost. External hard disk recovery is possible but it takes a skilled company to do it. A dropped hard disk will often make a buzzing or a ticking sound (often described as the ‘click of death’ – Wikipedia link here). In both cases symptoms like these indicate that the hard drive has mechanical damage. I’d recommend anyone who has dropped a hard disk and broken to contact an external hard drive recovery company like Data Clinic Ltd (their external hard drive page is here) if they need to data off the disk.

Once a hard disk has been dropped it can’t really be repaired to such an extent that it’ll work without problems again, frequently data from dropped hard drives is transferred across to another external USB hard disk drive that hasn’t been dropped and works perfectly !

 

Digital Data – Is It Any Safer From Loss ?

Old documentsIt’s not that long-ago that we wrote everything down in books and ledgers. These days because virtually everyone has a computer, our information is frequently written to a hard disk drive instead. Technology has really brought about this change in our behaviour but has it made our files and folders any more secure as a consequence?

Digital data is not totally safe. The nearest you could get is to save copies of your folders in a fireproof and waterproof safe. This could at least give you a bit of time to recover them from a risky situation.

Many people have abandoned writing anything down entirely. I know I have. People store not only their business but their personal files like photographs and music to their own hard drives too. If all of us take music for instance, an album or CD could become scratched and won’t play. Scratching a hard drive case is not going to cause the folders to be lost, but scratching the actual face of the hard drive – the part that holds the information is going to have exactly the same effect.

Old pictures may be repaired provided that you still have the original negatives but other documents held on paper will fade over time and risk being completely destroyed by mildew and damp conditions. Frequently old records are kept in garages and lofts – these storage locations are hardly perfect and the temperatures may differ considerably. Often there is frequently a higher moisture content that is sadly often fatal to paper.

It is important that you manage the data on your own hard drive. You might think that as the files are stored on the hard drive it will be safe but this is not true. Documents and folders are easily deleted or overwritten, if you are not focused. If this happens, you’ll want a data recovery service to recover your documents and folders.

Data recovery services are used when there exists some kind of data loss. If the missing data is of no value then there is not much purpose in using a data recovery specialist. When the lost data is valuable and is needed a company supplying data recovery services can be contacted who can have the ability to recover the missing files and folders. These companies specialise in fixing broken hard drives and retrieving the files and folders from them. Of course, when the information you might have is backed up somewhere this minimises the likelihoods of data loss and the need to use a data recovery support company. I’d recommend you look for a data recovery reviews site and see which companies are recommended. An example company with a good reputation in the UK is Datlabs. If you find yourself with a broken hard disk holding data you need contact a reputable data recovery service. There are numerous data recovery businesses but only some of them are really any good. Simply go online and seek out a few data recovery company reviews. These should give you an idea of the recommended data-recovery service you can contact to recover your hard disk drive data.