Posted on: 9/13/2023
Data Recovery In our digital world, data loss can happen to anyone. When it does, resist the urge to attempt recovery yourself and turn to the professionals instead. In this guide, we'll explain why it pays to rely on expert data recovery services. The Risks of DIY Data Recovery It's natural to want to try recovering data on your own. However, this carries significant risks that can permanently destroy your files. DIY methods like software tools and physical repairs can often make things worse if you don't know what you're doing. You may inadvertently overwrite data during the recovery attempt or damage the storage device further.
Posted on: 9/08/2023
Hard disk drives (HDDs) have come a long way since their invention over 60 years ago. This blog post will explore some of the key milestones in the evolution of HDD technology. The First Hard Drives (1956-1970s) IBM invented the first hard drive in 1956. It was called the IBM 350 and was part of the IBM 305 RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control) system. The 350 disk drive contained 50 platters that were 24 inches in diameter and weighed over a ton! Despite its large size, it only stored 5 MB of data. In the 1960s and 70s, HDD capacities and performance improved steadily but slowly. Drives typically stored anywhere from 5-100MB, with access times measured in tens of milliseconds. Major players in the early HDD market included IBM, Control Data Corporation, Memorex, and Storage Technology Corporation (StorageTek). Winchester Drives (1973)
Posted on: 8/20/2023
Don't panic, but do power it down immediately. Physical shock can throw the internal components out of alignment and cause serious damage. The last thing you want to do is power up a damaged drive. Gently set the drive in a safe place and inspect the exterior. Are there any visible cracks, dents or broken plastic? This may indicate internal damage as well. If the enclosure looks intact, remove the drive and connect it directly to a computer if possible. This bypasses any damaged USB bridge board or enclosure components. Here's the most important next step: listen closely to the drive once it's powered down. Do you hear any unusual clicking, beeping, buzzing or grinding noises? These sounds typically signal a mechanical failure or physical damage. A grinding noise is especially worrisome, indicating potential damage to the platters.
Posted on: 8/08/2023
  That ominous clicking sound coming from your hard drive likely sent a chill down your spine. Hard drive clicks often signal serious problems that could result in permanent data loss if not handled properly. But take a deep breath - with the right approach, you can likely recover your precious files and photos. This article provides essential advice on what to do next. Understanding the Issue Hard drive clicks indicate mechanical failure. The read-write heads are struggling to access data on the platters. If misaligned, these delicate components could make contact with the platters and cause irreparable damage. Resist the Urge to Power On It's natural to want to restart your computer and hope the issue resolves itself. But powering on a malfunctioning drive can make matters worse. If the heads are compromised, continued operation could destroy your data for good. Engage the Experts
Posted on: 1/04/2016
Free Recovery Software If you’ve lost data on your hard drive, have accidentally deleted files, experienced corrupt data or even a damaged sector, it may be tempting to use free data recovery tools. After all, it’s free – what have you got to lose? When you choose free recovery tools rather than calling a data recovery service provider you can trust, there is actually a lot to lose – including your data. Let’s look at some of the problems with this free software that might claim to safely retrieve all your files. Your Free Data Recovery Tools May Actually Delete Your Data If a file is accidentally deleted, it still exists on a hard drive – until other data overwrites it. When you install a data recovery program on your hard drive to try to retrieve deleted files, the software program writes itself onto the drive in a random fashion – the same as any other data would. If the software files overwrite your deleted data, you won’t be able to retrieve it.
Posted on: 12/15/2015
clean room enviornment   If you’re faced with a data loss emergency, you might be considering DIY recovery software v. a data recovery service provider. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of this important choice. Note: If your hard drive is making clicking, whirring, or grinding sounds, or refuses to boot up, power down your computer immediately. Repeated attempts to turn on the computer or reboot it could cause permanent data loss. Once your computer is off, it’s time to consider your best course of action for recovering the lost data. Using DIY Data Recovery Options: Pros Even professionals will admit there are a few benefits to DIY data recovery. It’s free or cheap – People looking to save money often turn to DIY options first. 
Posted on: 10/07/2015
By: John G. Laskey, Security Researcher for the InfoSec Institute. About an Incident Response Plan An incident response plan is a company’s critical resource during a cyber attack or other computer disaster. These plans are usually created only after an attack occurs, but they’re needed to help prevent and mitigate cyber threats. They identify current risks, assess damage, and lay out the necessary steps to respond during a critical event. Business continuity plans should also address data recovery. Although they cost time and money upfront to create, they can save a company millions in damages by preparing personnel and systems for a possible attack.
Posted on: 3/25/2015
USB C Recovery   There’s a new kid in town in the connectivity game, and he’s focused on speed rather than convenience. In 2001, Intel and Apple co-developed the Thunderbolt connector, a fatter and faster pipeline for data transfer. But it never took off, other than for high-end applications. Instead, the ubiquitous USB connector just keeps getting better and better.  
Posted on: 3/02/2015
Data Loss   Small business owners face a constant threat of employee theft and fraud, and it doesn’t start and end with the bookkeeper, either. In today’s digital age, many employees have access to the network, which could pose a security or data loss risk if that employee is ever fired or laid off. 
Posted on: 2/03/2015
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