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Hard Drive Data Recoveries
Thursday, July 31, 2008

In a multi-million dollar enterprise, the hard disk is more or less the storehouse of all information. If the hard disk crashes, it could give a lot of people sleepless nights and headaches. Surprisingly, the most significant threat to hard drives comes in the form of the people who use them.

Advances in technology have ensured that data recovery is possible in most cases. If disk partitioning has been done then it could be only one part which has crashed, making recovery easier. If your hard disk is playing up, then back up and install a new one on an urgent basis.

One way would be to connect the drive to a different computer and access the software recovery system which specializes in this kind of work.

Recovery comes under many guises and financial implications. One can define hard disk failures as logical, where file systems get infected or corrupted and physical, which could be mechanical or electronic in nature. In logical failures, generally scanning and repairing takes care of the problem though it is time consuming. Physical, as the name suggests would mean replacement of parts, circuits etc.

There are software solutions available for the computer-savvy who can take care of certain problems. The cost ranges from $400- $600 for rectifying logical problems and $1200-$2500 for the physical. The success rate for any kind of recovery is around 70% to 90% depending on the severity of the crash. Be aware that software that offers to write on the damaged disk often leads to permanent loss of data.

The best thing to do in such cases is to get people who specialize in this line of work. This would ensure that you do not lose any more data than what is absolutely not avoidable. Backing up of data to counter such situations has proven to be the best method of keeping your information safe from all crashes and other dangers to the computer systems.

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Posted In Data Recovery. @ 12:10 AM  
Data Recovery Services
Monday, July 21, 2008

Computer crashes are not an unknown phenomenon. They happen to every computer user at some point of time. To this end, now there are data recovery services available where each player in this market strives to do one better than the other in terms of services, maintenance contracts and other related aspects.

There are a lot of professional agencies who specialize in data recovery. VOGON is one such company which helps enterprises recover almost all its data and their software engineers have effective methods by which to do their job. They are into recovery, conversion and forensics.

DTI Data is another organization that promises excellent results on recovery of lost data. It assures clients of competitive prices and solutions to a large variety of problems.

24-hour Data Recovery Systems is yet another company which claims a high success rate and touts its over-20 years? of experience in data recovery. Drive Solution Inc. claims to have the largest inventory of the various parts required in the event of physical damage. The company claims to be able to fix almost every problem known to the computer world. Burnt, wet, broken - they are confident they can fix anything that is even remotely salvageable. At a great price, too!

Eco Recovery is yet another player in this field, promising quick, efficient and reliable service, too. Their specialty is data loss due to electricity cuts, power surges, fires, floods, lightning strikes, viruses, sabotage, material failure and human error.

There are some basic points to keep in mind if you ever encounter a system crash problem. First, stop all functions, do not reformat or defragment the drive and keep it away from humid conditions. The next step is to call in for some professional help. Thanks to the march of technology, you might just not lose any data at all!

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Posted In Data Recovery. @ 12:06 AM  
Data Backup - Do You Have A Data Backup And Recovery Plan In Place?
Monday, July 14, 2008

Data backup is rarely a part of a home computer user?s or business IT administrator?s plans, we all say it will never happen to me or my company, but in reality we are just mentally preparing for the time we lose our data. Its like trying to stop smoking, we all know we should do it but will find every excuse not to. So be honest with yourself and ask yourself the question, do you have a backup plan for your data, or more importantly, do you have a restore plan which will protect your business should something go wrong? All business leaders and owners will now tell you that computers are way past being a useful part of our lives, but now they are an absolute necessity. We acknowledge the data which resides on our computer infrastructure is the most important asset of any organization. I ask again, what would happen if you lost your data and what are you doing to protect it?

The reasons for data loss are endless, human intervention, hardware failure, software failure, natural disaster, loss, theft, we can go on, but we can be sure of one thing, as time goes by the list will get longer and longer.

Ever had anything stolen or lost anything before? I have been in the IT industry for some 25 years now, and as you can imagine, I have heard some bizarre stories of how computers and servers have been stolen. Laptops stolen from back seats of cars (data lost), a colleague forgot he left his laptop on the roof of his car; problem is he realized when he was 160 miles down the road (lost data). My friend?s office was broken in twice in two nights, first time resulted in loss of desktop computers and totally trashed alarm system (some data loss), and second night was to take the servers along with the backup device and media! Apparently the heavy stuff was stolen the second night as the thief?s had more time due to the alarm not being repaired quickly enough (total data loss and company ceased trading within 8 months). Save yourself money; prevent data loss in the first place by implementing a data backup plan.

Hardware Failure
If you have managed to never lose your laptop or have you whole IT infrastructure stolen then well done, so now let?s prepare ourselves for hardware failure. There are mainly only three mechanical parts within a laptop, computer or server; 1) hard drive, 2) backup drive 3) CD or DVD. Hard drives do fail and if it has not happen yet it will. Don?t get me wrong, if you take a failed drive to an expert, they will probably get most of your data back (phew) but expect to pay in excess of ?5000 for the pleasure (not phew). Save yourself money; prevent data loss in the first place by implementing a data backup plan.

Fire or Disaster (natural or not).
I live in the UK, it?s a lovely place as we don?t have issues with forest fires, earth quakes, and hurricanes etc. so there will never be any large natural disaster which will wipe out the majority of a city. This is what I thought until the Bunsfield oil refinery blew up and flattened everything within a 3 mile radius. There are a million and one reasons and scenarios I can give you illustrating why you should backup your business data. We all know the practice of data backup is nothing more than good common sense. Mission critical or sensitive data you don't want or can not afford to lose should be secured. PROTECT YOUR DATA!

If you honestly think you do not need to backup your data because you will never lose it, please stop reading this article now and go and do something less boring.

Let?s talk about the various ways of securing your data and other backup services. If you take the following on board you will be able to find the solution which will best suit you or your company.

Backup to CD solution.
To backup your file data to CD is easy, it may be time consuming to do this every night and you will have to be disciplined to put up to an hour aside to carry out this task every night. To backup data to a CD drive is not an automated process and we all know people get busy. Once you have backed your data to CD please always verify that the data is actually on the CD and then take it home with you. There is no point leaving it to be stolen or destroyed by fire along with your hardware.

Please do not us a CD to archive data (safe documents for a long time) as I would not expect this form of media to remain stable for more than 2 years. Backing up to CD has many limitations but it is certainly better than not backing up your data at all.

RAID ? Not backup but will protect your server disks.
All servers should be given every opportunity to stay alive, running a RAID configuration will help prevent data loss due to hard drive failure. If you have 3 drives running in a RAID 5 configuration, your server will tolerate a single drive failure. RAID will not protect you from fire, flood, theft or any other disaster waiting to happen, but does offer business continuity. This solution doesn't usually protect you from theft as the extra hard drives for RAID storage are usually installed in your computer or in other equipment on site. It usually won't protect you from fire either so this method does have its limitations.

Secure Offsite Data Backup and Recovery via a third party organization. Offsite Backup or Backing up via the Internet methods are usually associated with larger enterprise companies. In the past the high cost of high speed connectivity has been prohibitive to smaller companies.

This method of data backup is now become totally accepted and is gaining momentum around the globe. The main reason for such grown is because the price of high speed internet connections has greatly reduced, virtually every business and home is connected to the internet via a minimum 2MB pipe as a result it is now possible to backup high volumes of data to a secure offsite data centre.

For me, the best element of an offsite backup solution is not the high encryption security levels in place, the price or the purpose designed replicated infrastructure where your data is stored, but it is the fact that an offsite backup solution is a totally automated process. Set and forget, once you have set the software to backup your data at a certain time of every day you can just forget it and let it get on with its job of protecting your data.

If I controlled your backup process, I would implement all three of the options mentioned. A RAID system for business continuity, offsite backup to securely protect all my business data, and to enable a quick restore, a CD backup of just my mission critical data which will keep my business running.

For more information on how we can help you backup your data or implement a backup method, please visit www.perfectbackup.co.uk

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Posted In Data Recovery. @ 11:48 PM  
Windows Data Recovery: Get Your Lost Data Back
Thursday, July 10, 2008

How to Perform a Windows Data Recovery

Hard drive failure is not pretty. It can cause hours of anguish and pain if you have not performed backups. Here are some steps can you do to retrieve the data that is on your failing drive.

The initial thing you should do when you are doing windows data recovery is to shut down the PC you need to do this on. The most important thing you can do is find another PC that is running Windows 2000 or XP. You would then download your PC recovery software onto the second PC, and go back to the PC you were on and remove the hard drive from it. Take that hard drive and install it on the second PC as a data drive. A laptop PC hard drive can be connected to your desktop PC with an adapter that is readily available at most PC stores you go to. You will then want to make sure that your windows program does not use the ?Check Disk? utility to repair the drive. Use your data recovery program to do your windows data recovery on the second PC you are using.

What If You Do Not Have a Second PC?

If you do not have a second PC, make sure you shut down your PC right away. With the second step of your windows data recovery, you are still going to have to remove the hard drive of this PC. You will then need to install a new drive, reinstall windows and use your recovery software on it. Once you have done this, you can install a new drive on your PC. Then you need to reinstall the drive back in the PC as a data drive. You have to make sure that the Windows ?Check Disk? utility program does not try to repair the drive when it is booted. Then you use your recovery software to restore the data to your new hard disk. This is how you do your windows data recovery.

How can I plan for a loss of data

If you would like your windows data recovery to go as easily as possible you want to make sure that you preserve your file by following this procedure. You will want to download and install your recovery program onto your PC. Once you have this program downloaded and installed, you can use it to search for files that you can't find and recover them to another drive that is on your PC. You can also move the files to a network-shared folder, USB external drive, memory stick or any other spot that you can temporarily store your files. Now you will have your windows data recovery accomplished.

A.B. Newland is a Microsoft Certified Professional and has been working with data backup systems for over 15 years. Learn about the 10 biggest backup mistakes at the Data Recovery website

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Posted In Data Recovery. @ 7:13 AM  
Pulling the Rabbit Out of the Hat: Disaster Data Recovery
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Like most people, when you think of disasters, you probably envision flooding, hurricanes or earthquakes. Yet in the world of a networks, PC's and data or to someone who makes their living using information technology, a disaster can be quite different and yet can have the same paralyzing effects. Similar to an aftershock of a major earthquake, losing one?s data suddenly and without warning can leave many a computer technician shocked and in awe or just extremely inconvenienced. Never fear, though, because disaster data recovery is an IT person's ace in the hole and all that is lost is backed up safe and secure with a high degree of reliability and an even higher percentage of probable retrieval.

Flooding and fire damage to a home can be a complete mess. Many people feel ?ruined? because of the loss of irreplaceable items during such an event. As soon as it is established that there is no harm to any of the employees, staff, friends or family the healing of the equipment through a properly thought out disaster data recovery plan can begin. A team of reliable technicians is called in to begin work on your computer equipment or any other piece of equipment that was damaged by the catastrophe.

Many of the techniques and tools the team of experts will use on the equipment are the same as the techniques used to rescue lost data from other machines under lesser circumstances, for example retrieving lost files from a damaged hard drive through a fire is much the same as simple finding lost files from a hard drive with a virus or other sort of infirmity. The important thing is that the data is recovered and business can continue as usual.

Fire and Earthquake Dangers

In a lot of cases, companies or individuals that lose important data to a flood, fire or earthquake face a time of uncertainty that can be very unsettling. Like a good insurance policy, proper planning for back up and disaster data recovery can mean the resumption of business short term. Without it companies stand to loose lots of time and money and may even be bankrupted.

Data recovery technicians are specialized in multiple areas of recovering data including, but not limited to: fire recovery, water damage recovery, and miscellaneous crash recovery that may have occurred with an act involving a sledgehammer and a frustrated information technology worker on his last day of work when the coffee was cold and the air conditioning was broken. Yes, disaster data recovery will always have a place in the annals of office and/or personal lives and this author cannot be more grateful.

A.B. Newland is a Microsoft Certified Professional and has been working with data backup systems for over 15 years. Learn about the 10 biggest backup mistakes at the Data Recovery website.

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