Accidentally deleted a file? It can probably be recovered

Category : Data Recovery
We’ve all, at some point in our lives, deleted a file that we really wanted to keep. The process of recovering it is often as simple as heading to the Recycle Bin/Trash folder and clicking a few buttons but, like they say, even the best laid plans can go awry and we’ve recovered data for clients that’ve completely deleted files they needed to keep more times than we can count! Provided you act quickly, though, it’s very, very unlikely that the file in question won’t be recoverable. When a user tells their device to delete a file, the actual data itself is not removed. Instead, the device is basically told that the user no longer wishes to keep this data and an internal file notin...

Can my Mac get a virus?

Category : Data Recovery
Historically, Macs – when compared to machines utilising Windows operating systems – have consistently been considered the better choice for those whose main concern was security. Whilst it remains true that Macs are still generally more secure than their counterparts, though, their superior performance has led to the growth of an untrue and potentially dangerous myth: that Macs are immune to viruses of any kind. The operating systems used by Macs – and, indeed, mobile devices using iOS such as iPads and iPhones – have flaws that can be utilised by hackers just like any other operating system. It just so happens that they contract computer viruses with less regularity than oth...

Data recovery isn’t possible without clean rooms; here’s why

Category : Data Recovery
We are, quite literally, surrounded by particles, pollutants and contaminates that are invisible to the naked eye. Fortunately, the vast majority of them are unhazardous and it’s extremely unlikely that they would cause you any harm. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for your hard drive! Don’t worry, you don’t need to keep your HDD in a hermetically sealed environment – it’s only the platter of the drive itself that is sensitive to these impurities and this is protected by the outer shell of the hard drive itself. Should it become necessary to open the drive – in order to repair damaged parts or recover data, for example – then it is essential that this is done in a control...

Five ways to increase your smartphone’s storage

Category : Data Recovery
We’re creating data at a truly exponential rate – something that is in no small part down to the growth of smartphones. As these devices are physically small, however, the amount of data that a user can store on them is often limited. With the technological and economic breakthroughs needed to change this still some way away, the need to either free up or create some extra storage space on mobile devices is something that many users struggle with on a daily basis. Here are Fields Data Recovery’s top five tips for increasing your smartphone’s storage: 1.       Delete what you don’t use Are you, honestly, ever going to play Candy Crush again? You can’...

What is cold data storage?

Category : Data Recovery
Cold data storage is the term used to describe the task of storing data that is rarely or potentially never accessed. You may wonder why any individual or organisation would choose to retain this data but there are numerous possible explanations for this. Did you know, for example, that the vast majority of the data that we all create is never accessed? As we’re also creating data at a faster rate than ever before, the need to optimise our storage solutions and keep data that is infrequently accessed off our primary storage media is all too apparent. Your attic is an obvious metaphor: you have only a limited amount of space to store things in your house so you keep the items that...

Can data be recovered from a smartphone?

Category : Data Recovery
Smartphone data recovery and variations on this search term have, over the last few years, grown into some of our biggest sources of traffic and enquiries. To understand why, you only need to consider how these devices are now used. Mobile phones first became commonplace when I was in my early teens in the late nineties. The introduction of pay-as-you-go plans proved to be a popular choice for those who’d been concerned about expensive monthly bills and the market grew at a remarkable rate. Before this, it was unusual to know someone who owned a mobile phone, today it’s considered strange if someone doesn’t. Today’s phones are also considerably more advanced than those we wer...

How Flash Memory Works

Category : Data Recovery
For many years, hard disk drives have been, and still are, the most popular form of storage media. In fact, following them having become affordable and having made floppy disks obsolete, them have become seemingly omnipresent. Just as these drives evolved over time, though (early examples were the size of your average wardrobe and stored only a few kilobytes of data) so have the techniques that we use in order to store our documents, photos, music etc. Hard drives store information by writing it onto the magnetic layer of a disk known as a platter. When you then want to access that data, the disks motor spins this platter so that the location of the data is placed below the drives...

The five most common causes of data loss

Category : Data Recovery
Data loss can affect anyone and, as the information that businesses store is often vitally important to their day-to-day activities, it’s something that can have a substantial effect on both their financial and logistical performance. Here, Fields Data Recovery list the five most common causes of data loss and a few tips on how to avoid them: Human Error Yes, the IT systems that we utilise in our businesses are becoming increasingly more complex, but it’s still good old-fashioned mistakes that are the most common cause of data loss. Whether it’s accidentally deleting files, configuration errors or anything else, you cannot eradicate human error but you can go a long...

Is flash the future for data storage?

Category : Data Recovery
Over the past few decades, hard drives have been the most common form of data storage for both individuals and businesses alike. Devices utilising flash media such as SSDs and USB drives have been growing in popularity, though, and are now commonly used in off-the-shelf consumer electronics such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. Many commentators and consumers have argued that this represents a shift in data storage trends; that the hard drive is in decline and due to fall into obsolescence. But just how accurate are these claims? There can be little doubt that the increasing popularity of smartphones and tablets has contributed greatly to the adoption of flash media. Flas...

Why the cloud isn’t immune to data loss

Category : Data Recovery
For some, the cloud is almost mystical; like the data contained there is somehow metaphysical and is simply pulled out of the air when we retrieve it. The truth is actually much more straightforward. The data that you store in the cloud is actually still present on some type of storage media just like you have in your own devices. The media that holds your data (which is probably a HDD) will be present in a server in a data centre. The key fact here is that the media used in these data centres is just as vulnerable as the media you use at home or in your office. Yes, some providers will have sophisticated backups in place but this doesn’t mean that you can be certain that data...