|Do You Need A Data Recovery Service?
| Monday, June 29, 2009
It's happened to the best of us. You're working late into the night all on an important document and all of a sudden, whether it's your fault or not, you lose all that work. The first thing that happens is we are reminded to save our work more frequently. Unfortunately, that won't help at the time of our darkest despair, when hours of work is gone. Most Windows programs let the user press the CTRL-Z keys to undo what you just did. If that doesn't work, it may be time to look into a data recovery service.
A data recovery service can help you bring back lost files or information, saving you hours of frustration, and possibly recovering data you would never have seen again. Data recovery services or agencies may consist of one dude or a number of licensed and trained technicians. They can often be found online, since that is where their target market lives. You can Google data recovery services for one in your area. Most data recovery services will walk you through a process that will allow you to recover your own data, making a house call generally unnecessary.
Sure, you might be able to find the missing data yourself, but at what price? Time is money, and data recovery agencies can save you time, normally without charging you too much money. They are professionally trained and can recover a variety of lost data whether it was your own fault or a technological failure like a crashed hard drive or corrupt software. They can work on different machines and operating systems and can nearly always solve your problem, no matter how bad you think it may be.
Data recovery service providers are on call around-the-clock, because that is what data is lost. They're like emergency room doctors for your computer. Since you don't plan your data loss, they can't plan their schedule, and so need to be available when you need them. They are available for individuals, as well as businesses.
For businesses, it is often wise to select a data recovery service with which you form a partnership. They make themselves available to you on a priority basis, and offer their support to all the employees in your company. Doing this, they can offer more competitive rates, and maybe even a single individual dedicated to your business needs. When it comes to data loss in businesses, that lost data can be very expensive, and so having someone around full-time may be a small price to pay.
Data recovery service professionals are an integral part of today's technological environment. Whether it's your business needs that are involved, or your letter to grandma, lost data is never fun. Computers, and technology in general, can be unreliable, so it's good to know who you can call when your data is gone.
When you realize you need a data recovery service, it's usually too late. There's no shame in calling in professional help. They can often help you over the phone, even, and are available during emergencies. Visit http://www.datarecoverplan.com to learn more.
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|Posted In Data Recovery. @ 6:12 AM
|Data Backup-Recovery and CYA
| Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Has it happened to you yet?
Floppy disk with important data went bad?
CD or DVD with your favorite pictures got scratched?
Hard drive crashed without any, warning PC won't boot up?
Unless you have personally experienced the loss of data, whether it is pictures, important documents, spreadsheets, databases, music files, graphics or software, you will never understand why it is so critical to do backups on a regular basis to protect yourself.
Simply put, Backing-up is the activity of copying your files or databases so that they will be saved in the event of an equipment failure or other catastrophe. Backing-up is usually a routine that is part of the daily operation of large businesses using mainframes as well as by the management of smaller business computers. For home personal computer users, backing-up is also necessary but usually neglected.
The retrieval of the files you backed up is referred to as restoring them.
In the field of information technology or data processing, backup refers to the copying of data, so in the event they are needed, these additional copies may be restored after some type of a data loss.
Backups are normally used for two purposes:
1. In the event of some type of disaster, they are used to restore a computer to an operational state following the disaster.
2. In case files have been accidentally deleted or corrupted, you can restore small numbers of files.
What are the types of backups?
1. Full backup
A backup of all (selected) files on the system. This type of backup is essentially a waste of time, for the simple reason that in order to restore files, the operating system must be intact and bootable.
2. Incremental backup
A backup that only contains the files that have changed since the most recent backup (either full or incremental).
The advantage of this is quicker backup times, as only changed files need to be saved.
The disadvantage is longer recovery times, as the latest full backup, and all incremental backups up to the date of the data loss need to be restored in the appropriate order.
3. Differential backup
A cumulative backup of all changes made since the last full backup.
The advantage to this is the quicker recovery time, requiring only a full backup and the latest differential backup to restore the system.
The disadvantage is that for each day elapsed since the last full backup, more data needs to be backed up, especially if a majority of the data has been changed.
No one can ever predict if and when his or her hard drive will crash or when a floppy disk or cd will malfunction. It is no fun when it happens and you find out you has lost data of some type. Determine what you have on your computer that is extremely important to you and set up a plan to back those files up on a regular basis. Very small files can be copied to a floppy disk; large files can be copied to a CD or DVD. Keep a log of what you backup and when, so if you have to recover or restore a file or files, you will be able to easily find what you need.
There numerous software programs available to backup/restore files. Most of them allow you to compress the data that is to be backed and this simply conserves space on the backup medium. For large numbers of files or very large files, this is a good way to go. If you only have a few files and they are small, there is really no reason to compress them. Keep in mind that if you compress the files during backup, you will need the same software to decompress the files if they have to be restored.
If you use the software to backup the files as data, then if you ever need to restore the files, you can use Windows Explorer to simply copy the file or files from the backup medium to your hard drive.
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|Posted In Data Recovery. @ 4:03 AM
|Data Recovery World Wide
| Monday, June 15, 2009
?Data? is the plural of the Latin word ?datum?. In normal usage the word data is used for both singular and plural forms. All electronic or computer files in text, images, database entry, audio and video formats excluding the written command programmes for the computer are called data. This data is stored for the day-to-day reading and writing of work or for any future usage.IT Managers all over the world are struggling to manage the tremendous growth of data and protect it. This data comes in all forms, such as: databases, e-mail, stored files etc. These data are stored permanently and archived to meet the regulatory requirements, and for changes in business functions. The developments in information technology help us to store huge quantities of data in magnetic, optical and solid-state storing devices. Data is stored in the most commonly used storage devices, such as: hard disks, micro drives, multiple disks, tape/digital linear tapes, CD/DVDs, portable drives, Magneto Optical storage devices, removable disks, Zip drives, diskettes, compact flash/memory cards, and USB flash drives. In order to store the data in various formats we use certain platforms or computer programmes. Every computer will have an operating system for starting the computer, running the applications and saving them in the storage device. The operating system helps the coordination of all the inputting devices like keyboard and mouse to enter and store the input information. The commonly used operating systems to store data are Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT/2000/XP, Apple Mac, Novel Netware and UNIX.
Some times the data stored in a computer device is lost either due to ?Physical Damage? or ?Logical Damage? to the computer. Data recovery is a method of retrieving the lost data due to physical damage to the system or due to the logical damage to the application software. Data recovery also helps to retrieve even deleted information for forensic investigation. Data is stored in the most commonly used storage devices discussed above. Sometimes these storage devices may start malfunctioning or stop functioning completely due to physical damage. Some of the common physical damages are: scuffs in the data CD or DVD discs, head crash or failed motor in hard disks and data tapes. Physical damage may also happen due to external occurrences, such as accidentally dropping of the devices, flood, or fire. Data lost due to physical damages can be recovered either fully or partially only by experts under ideal conditions.
The exact damage to the storage device is discovered and the extent of the damage is evaluated. The techniques of recovering the data are not the same for all physical damages. It is normally decided after finding out the details about the storage device, storage space, nature of files lost, operating system used and the name of the manufacturing company.
Firstly, the extent of physical damage is assessed using customised special tools. Then the storage device is opened in a special dust free room to prevent further damage. Data stored in magnetic form is analysed in detail using special equipment. Retrievable data is collected from the device in analogue form and later this data is converted into a digital format as readable data and copied in a new device for use. The percentage of data recoverable depends upon the amount of physical damage to the device. Most of these storage devices are not fire and water proof. In case of fire, water should not be used to extinguish the fire. If water is used the data must be recovered before the water dries up and corrodes the metal surfaces. In case of flood the storage device must be continued to be kept in a wet condition without drying for recovery of data.
A hard disk with a high storage capacity is logically partitioned as individual storage units (e.g. C:, D: and E: etc) called ?drives? for use by the operating system. This logical partitioning saves the trouble of having a number of hard disks in the same system. Similar partitioning is done on tape storage units or any other storage unit with a different format. Logical damage is a more common problem than a physical damage. In the case of logical damage the storage devices will remain intact and usable but the data stored inside the devices is corrupted or lost. Most of the logical damages are caused by sudden power failures. System crash is another form of logical damage where the operating system may fail to start or malfunction. In either of these situations the data file will not get stored appropriately and left in a conflicting condition. If infected by a virus the self-generated copies of the virus will overwrite the existing programmes and cause system malfunctioning and logical damage. Sometimes data is lost or erased due to formatting the computer partitions.
Unlike physical damage, logical damage comes with an option of self repairing tools. In normal conditions these tools are sufficient to restore work and recover the lost data. When these tools fail to correct the problem professional help should be sought. Initially, a consistency check is done to check the file structure and system information. If there is more damage in the file system the running of a consistency check will fail and crash and may never find the right system file. In another method the consistency check is not done and instead the complete drive is checked for file system structure and limits. Using this technique without disturbing or repairing the file system allows the data to be recovered and stored in a different device. Data recovery is mostly used by big business, covert army activities, police authorities and tax authorities. Current trends in data recovery management advises more back up services with improved storage facilities including online storing of data.
Jamie Wallis is a computer expert working for Fields Data Recovery for more information see http://www.fields-data-recovery.co.uk
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|Posted In Data Recovery. @ 6:42 AM
|Data Recovery Software ? Are they Useful?
| Monday, June 8, 2009
A difficult question: How to use the data recovery software? Here I guide you with some of the checks which you can perform while selecting data recovery software to recover back data.
Have you ever heard the word data recovery? If YES, then you might be aware about the data loss situations. But if you say NO then you are one of the lucky person who have not experienced the situations of data loss, hard drive crashes which demand data recovery.
What is Data Loss?
Data Loss is a situation where you lose the data stored on your hard drive or it becomes inaccessible. This data could be the important business files, music, personal collection of pictures, emails, videos or anything. Now why this happens? This situation generally occurs when the hard drive fails or crashes, files get corrupt or damaged, there are virus attacks on your computer system, hard drive corrupts due to water-fire damages, poor usage of the hard drive, ad ware ? spy ware attacks etc.
Because of these reasons you might lose access to your data or it can get corrupt. But the relief is that this inaccessible data ca be recovered back. It?s possible almost in 95%of the cases.
Data Recovery Software are the best means to recover the lost, deleted, inaccessible, corrupt, damaged data from the hard drive, files and folders and other storage media.
What is Data Recovery Software?
By Data Recovery Software I mean to say, software which can recover back the lost data by scanning your hard drive. Similar in the way as you see other software which have different functions and working. For instance, anti-virus software will stop, remove and protect your computer system from virus attacks, and any password recovery software will help you to restore the lost / forgotten passwords of your email id which were stored in your PC.
According to Surveys,
"Viruses: Survey finds PCs infected at a rate of more than 10% each month" -- (ICSA Labs, 2002)?
?35% of all PCs sold to businesses are laptops and 1 in 5 of these laptops will suffer hardware failure in the first 3 years" -- Gartner analyst Brian Gammage, The Changing Spectrum of Mobile PC Usage, October 30, 2002
"Data Recovery is possible in 85% of all data loss cases" --Dan Pelosi, Data Recovery 911, December 2002
Thus it can be concluded that data recovery has its own importance when people loose their important data. Data recovery software is useful for file repair, file recovery, database recovery, backup recovery, email data recovery and forensic data recovery.
How to use Data Recovery Software?
The data recovery market is flooded with many data recovery software range. There are renowned companies and small manufacturers too which perform data recovery at small scale. But data recovery is not an easy task to perform. It requires determination, expertise, appropriate recovery tools, Class 100 Clean rooms, biometric environment and of course a data recovery technician who can perform the data recovery ? thus resulting into data recovery services.
Data Recovery Software is developed to minimize the possibilities of data recovery services thus enabling the end user to himself perform data recovery on his PC. The do-it yourself data recovery software available in the market completely scan your damaged hard drive and retrieves the lost data. When you finalize the data recovery software, always look for the software support provided by the data recovery company on their website:
- You can view the Animated Working Demos ? how the software works, provided by the company. These working demos are the best option to know and view the GUI and functions of the software.
- You can also look for any software user?s guide made available by the company on their website. The manual has the step by step procedure to perform data recovery. Follow these steps and evaluate the software.
- When you download the software, view help manual accompanied with the software. It guides you with step by step recovery procedure.
Generally, demo version of the data recovery software are available for FREE downloads. It?s free because the companies want you to test the recovery possibilities of your data and then only purchase the software. The demo versions are not enabled with saving feature for the recovered data. You can download the demo version and run it on your computer system.
Word of Caution: The point which should be noted here is that you should not run the data recovery software on the corrupt drive. As this might overwrite the original data which then gets deleted. Always perform data recovery on the copy of corrupt data and a good device.
Install demo version of the data recovery software and analyze its working, features and the amount of data which the software can recover. If the software displays the lost, deleted data then the software surely can get back your data to you and you can also purchase it. When you run the demo version always ensure;
- How much time does the software take to recover data?
- Is the software able to recover the deleted files also?
- Can it recover attachments?
- Can it recover data damaged due to virus attacks?
- Is the software provider data recovery company recognized in the market?
- What is the recovery percentage of the software?
- Is the software purchase amount refunded, if the software is unable to recover data?
- View clients of the company, if possible contact them and gather feedback about the company
- Read client testimonials of the company
- Consult with support staff of the company and ask queries related to your data loss situation? Like, according to them which would be the appropriate data recovery software for your case of data corruption? As this would help in purchasing the right software.
- Compare 2-3 data recovery companies with their recovery percentage, client satisfaction percentage, data recovery techniques, range of data recovery software provided by the company.
After performing all these checks you can purchase the software and recover your data.
Please Note: While you are performing check on data recovery companies, always try to find out real data recovery figures of the company, as many companies add false figures to their websites and in the end are able to empty your pockets.
It can be concluded that data recovery software are boon for such individuals and companies who lose their data due to accidental deletions, virus attacks, unexpected system shutdowns, hard drive failures, system crashes and other undefined reasons. The data recovery software is definitely useful in the hour of need and data recovery services prove themselves when the software is unable to get back data. You can also give a try to data recovery services when there is a severe damage caused to your device.
Neha Gupta is a technical writer for Nucleus Data Recovery, provider of the best data recovery software
and data recovery services
. The Kernel recovery tools are developed for email recovery, database recovery, tape recovery, backup recovery.
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|Posted In Data Recovery. @ 6:38 AM