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Computer File Recovery For When Your System Crashes
Friday, December 25, 2009

There are many reasons why you may need computer file recovery as there are a variety of issues that can cause your computer to crash. The vast majority of computer problems occur because of hardware malfunction followed by user error, software corruption, computer viruses and natural disaster such as keeping your computer plugged in during a lightening store.

Computer file recovery is used to recovery files and folders that from a crashed computer system. Unfortunately your hard drive does not last forever and loosing all of your files can create a huge inconvenience particularly as many people store there personal and financial information on their computers. It is important that you frequently back up your files onto an external drive or disc so that you can recover them instantly. If you have your files backed up then you will not have any problems if your computer goes down.

It may be possible to recover the files on your computer by replacing the broken or faulty hardware. There are also disk imaging procedures that can recover any readable bit of information form your hard drive. DCFLdd c1.3.4-1 or HDClone can recover data from damaged sectors of your hard drive. Most times this software can bypass BIOS and the operating system to communicate with the hard drive, read data from the bad sectors, can reset drivers and repower the drive when it stops responding and then pre-configures the drive to minimize and further damage that could occur.

There are specific programs designed to recover files after power outages, which is considered logical damage. The chkdsk function in Window and disk utility for Mac computers can generally take care of logical damage though the Sleuth kit and coroners toolkit are third party utilities available to recover logical data. Many times logical damage is mistaken as physical damage and you need to make sure you know the type of damage you have before you go fixing it.

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Posted In Data Recovery. @ 5:21 AM  
Truths About Data Recovery Software

There may have been instances in your life or career where your day starts with a hard disk crash or a physical memory dump. If it hasn?t happened to you yet, it can happen anytime and catch you completely unawares. It can be very frustrating to loose all the important data, those great presentations, client briefs, portfolio, 3 years of research etc. If you install data recovery software on your PC, then you can retrieve all the lost data. A computer is not a perfect machine and the fear of data loss is real. Hence, we are going to share some tips and useful information on data recovery software with you.

Why is Data Recovery Software important?

Data recovery is important because most of the data on your PC or Laptop is valuable. But what is data recovery? It is retrieval of almost all the data that has been accidentally deleted from your computer or has been erased due to a hard disk error, virus attack, or bad script. You can use DOS commands to retrieve data but it will be partial recovery only. So the best solution is to have data recovery software that can retrieve the full data or undo the loss.

Most of the data recovery software available in the market can recover data from corrupted file systems like Windows (FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5), Unix (UFS, EAFS, HTFS, VxFS, FFS), Linux (Ext2, Ext3, JFS, ReiserFS), Apple Macintosh (HFS, HFS+) and Novell Netware (NWFS, Net386, NSS). The data recovery software can also recover data from corrupt access databases, corrupt zip files, word documents and excel files.

Which data recovery software should I use and why?

There are many firms who sell data recovery services, but there are many brands who sell data recovery software. At times, it can be difficult to decide, which product will satisfy your need or requirements completely. One such data recovery software is The Undelete 3.1.1. The salient points of the software are that it is easy-to-use and it can provide a powerful backup program for Windows 95/98ME/NT/2000/XP. This data recovery software can work with FTP, local networks and even CD-R/W. It is useful data recovery software that applies powerful algorithms and methods and it can recover files that have been damaged, lost or deleted due to a power supply failure, program bugs or virus attacks. The Undelete 3.1.1 data recovery software can recover files with extensions like DOC, PDF, RTF, XLS, MDB, PPT, Visio, CSV, HTML, TXT, CPP, PAS, EML, and INI. It can also recover audio and video files with extension MP3, WAV, AVI, WMA, MPG, MOV, and ASF.

There are also data recovery software?s, which have specific use based on platforms, files and functions. You will find data recovery software that offers a range of file system utilities as well as data recovery service. These services enhance recovery of lost data due logical hard drive failures.

What should I look for in Data recovery software?

When you go out in the market to search for data recovery software, you should be able to compare various products based on five important features. These are:

- Feature Set
- Ease of Use/Installation
- Recovery Effectiveness
- Search Capabilities
- Help/Documentation

The bottom line is that basic data recovery software should be able to recover Compressed Files, and Encrypted Files, should provide email recovery, network recovery and create image files. It should be able to recover from the recycle bin, damaged files, power failure, Format Disk, changed, or deleted partition, disks with bad sectors etc. It should support file systems like NTFS5, NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, and FAT12 as well.

The author has 10+ years of experience in delivering relevant & innovative content and conceptualizing copy for storyboards, advertisements and other marketing vehicles. He is also a travel journalist and the creative head for RJ.

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Posted In Data Recovery. @ 5:20 AM  
Military Application Of Data Recovery
Saturday, December 19, 2009

According to Data Recovery Labs it is reported the Chinese are currently testing the manufacturing of new hard disk drives by pioneering new coating materials for the magnetic media/platters, involving the development of mixing plastic based materials with metalic alloy even further, in contrast to the current thin layer of Ferric oxide or an Cobalt alloy (Co-Ni, Co-Cr, Co-Ni-W). Apparently they are collaborating with Seagate to test a new method of sub-dividing the platters, the hardware world is yet to see and test. Reportedly, the new HDD design is more robust, providing smoother surface for the head to have smoother fly.

The Chinese have been investing heavily in the hardware technology, this investment has been the centre of the Chinese focus since the US spy plane collided in mid-air with a Chinese fighter jet in the Chinese aerospace and had to crash land on a Chinese island. The Chinese were reported to have scanned, cloned and analyzed every inch of the aircraft component, and managed to have found the damaged hard disk drive and carried out data recovery on the disk containing highly classified reconnaissance data, including data related to the location from which the aircraft took off from.

On the other hand the US has since been investing in research on methods by which computer hard drives are erased quickly. US Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology working with L-3 Communications Corp. have developed an old basic technique for quickly, erasing hard-disk drives. The technique is said to be involving the bombardment of negative and positive charges the surface of the platters at random intervals in order to delete any magnetic data on the magnetic platters.

Meanwhile, the Chinese are sparing no efforts to pioneer the hardware technology after realising the strategic importance of this technology both in the commercial and military industry.

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Posted In Data Recovery. @ 4:40 AM  
Data Recovery Software - Are they Useful?
Monday, December 7, 2009

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 the clients of the company, if possible contact them and gather feedback about the company.
? Read client testimonials of the company
? Consult with the 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.

Conclusion:

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. @ 4:44 AM  
5 Tips to Avoid Needing Laptop Data Recovery
Friday, December 4, 2009

With the costs of laptops coming down and performance going up, it has become more viable for companies to equip their employees with laptops--for those who travel, work from home, or for those who just prefer them to full size computers. Individual users, from college students to self employed people, now use laptops too because they are not as expensive as they once were. And lets face it, sitting at Starbucks with a laptop is much more appealing than sitting in a 6x6 cube in an office.

Most people don't consider what they can do to protect their data should their laptop gets lost, stolen, or just have a bad hard drive that fails or corrupts the data on the disk. Below are 5 simple things users can do to safely reduce the chances of losing their important files.

Download your Email. Store a copy of your email on your company's email server. Most email software allows you to 'store a copy' on the server. Outlook does it, for example. Set this option in your settings and it will allow you to download messages to multiple computers.

Virus and Spyware Protection. Use an anti-virus software package, and protect your system with spyware software. This is a step all users should do to protect their computers. Viruses are all over the internet, from questionable websites to that cute email your Aunt Mildred just had to send. Be smart and invest in virus and spyware protection. And then get a copy of it for your Aunt. :)

CDs are Cheap! Use CDs or DVDs to quickly back-up critical files and store those CDs to a safe place. Make a weekly backup of your important files. If you get rewritable CDs, then you can use the same one a few times, though it would be best to not reuse them too much. CDs have issues too after time which may cause you to need data recovery as well...but it is a lot less expensive than recovering data from a hard disk!

Buy an External USB Hard Drive Use an external USB hard drive to do a complete back-up of your system. Now, some people use those little flash USB drives to back-up critical files, which is great (just don't loose it!). Others use the external USB hard drives which don't take up much room at all on a desk. Both are good options to consider.

Network Back-ups If you attach to a network, speak with your IT department to request that your laptop be added to a network back-up schedule. Or perhaps, give them your laptop before you go to lunch and have them back up your data. Most IT departments figure the laptop users are on their own, so by asking them for a little preventive help with your computer using your savy tech talk, you may impress them... and who knows, they may upgrade your software for you while they have your system. :)

These are all simple low cost precautions you can take to protect yourself from losing your data, spending a lot of money, and effectively becoming unproductive. After all, your laptop is nothing more than a fancy paperweight without a working hard drive.

Jason Perry

ADR Data Recovery is available to evaluate the damage and potentially recover your lost data. For more information on ADR Data Recovery's service, visit http://www.adrdatarecovery.com

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