How to erase all the information on your Hard Drive

14 Dec 2018
If you’re looking to sell your desktop or laptop to make some money, you probably want to remove all of your personal data from it before you send it out into the big wide world on its own. If you’re thinking about just deleting everything and considering it ‘wiped’ we’ve got some news for you – it isn’t wiped. You’ve just removed the obvious shortcuts to access your photos and documents, but the real data is still hidden inside just waiting for someone savvy to pluck it out. You might have even formatted the hard drive and expected that to remove everything, but that isn’t always the case. Formatting can leave some important remnants behind, and the risk isn’t worth taking with you...

If you're a small business, here's why you need to back up your data now

06 Dec 2018
If you want to run a successful business in 2018, chances are you’ll be looking to embrace technology. Technological advances have brought us from computers that take an entire room to store to tiny handheld devices within 80 years, and its revolutionised the way we do business. You probably take for granted your ability to store data about your clients, your staff and all of your company finances – you might even have your own server dedicated solely to your office and maintaining all of your critical files somewhere safe and close by. Though technology is regularly doing incredible things for us, it’s also still shockingly easy for our devices to crash and erase years of work. Ranging from...

How we recover deleted photos from your SD card

05 Dec 2018
When you send your device off to us for your data to be recovered, you probably wonder exactly what goes on inside our lab. Fields Data Recovery has been operating for almost twenty years and in that time, we have completed over 150,000 diagnostics. We have an industry leading recovery rate of 92.5% and hundreds of glowing reviews from previous clients, and the reason we do what we do so well is down to our innovative and effective practices. We’re always learning and improving, and we’re happy to take on the most difficulty cases that others can’t – we just research and create new ways to tackle those issues. SD cards are some of the most common devices we’re sent from clients and...

Your guide to buying a new hard drive

05 Dec 2018
So your old hard drive has died, taking with it all of your hard earned and much loved data. You’ve used our online price guide to get your quote, and you’ve sent your device off to us, so we can work our magic and get it back for you. That’s one big problem sorted, but now you have another looming over the horizon. You need a new hard drive. Solid state drives (or SSDs) have become standard over time for boot drives, and you may well use one if you’re a big gamer or use your device for intensive professional work, but most of us are still relying on hard disk drives for our bulk storage. In shopping around for your new HDD you can fall into a common trap of assuming all mechanical...

Is data recovery covered by your warranty?

29 Nov 2018
Your first thought when your hard drive fails will probably be about whether or not your device is still under warranty. If it is, you’re probably breathing a sigh of relief about all the money you’ll be saving for repairs or the purchasing of a new drive. That’s all very well and good, but what about getting all the precious data back from the drive before you get your shiny new one – will that be covered by your warranty? The answer is a little more complicated. If your hard drive hadn’t failed, you wouldn’t have lost your data, so shouldn’t your warranty pay out for the recovery? Well, put simply, the importance and monetary value of the data on everyone’s unique devices is so...

How do data recovery clean rooms work?

29 Nov 2018
At Fields Data Recovery, we use a number of different tools to ensure we give ourselves the best chance of recovering your precious data. Ranging from standard equipment like soldering irons and stereoscopic microscopes to complex and specialist facilities, like our state of the art clean room. When hard drives are damaged, its often not impossible to recover data but it can be incredibly difficult to do unless under the right conditions. When the drives are initially assembled by the manufacturer, they’re put together under strict conditions that are completely clean and sterile due to how sensitive the inside of the technology can be. If even a speck of dust finds its way inside,...

How do you recover deleted photos from an iPhone?

23 Nov 2018
Touch screens have provided us with a much more intuitive interface that can be used across any number of devices. They’ve also resulted in it being exceptionally easy to delete images and videos that we want to keep: misplace your finger and they’re suddenly transported into the ether never to be seen again… or are they? Retrieve deleted images from your iPhone’s ‘Recently Deleted’ folder If you recently deleted an image or video, you’ll be able to find it in your phone’s ‘Recently Deleted’ folder. You can access this by visiting your ‘Photos’ app, directing yourself to your albums and then scrolling down. You should see this folder at the bottom of this page and, after you’ve...

How do you fix a clicking hard drive?

22 Nov 2018
If you’re reading this, we think it’s a pretty safe bet that there’s a clicking sound emanating from your hard drive and, if this is the case, you should power the drive down immediately! Here’s why: Why your hard drive’s clicking In order to store and retrieve data, all hard drives have a read/write head which, as its name suggests, both writes data to and reads it from the drive. This data is both written to and read from what are referred to as platters, thin discs coated in a magnetic material. Most hard drives contain several platters. If you hear a clicking sound originating from your PC, laptop or any other device that contains a hard drive, the most logical source...

Do you need a laptop hard disk replacement?

19 Nov 2018
Keeping on top of the latest tech can be an expensive endeavour, but whether we like it or not, the time will come for each of us to review whether our laptop is coming to the end of its life. It’s usually a big decision, too. Sure, it’s running slowly and it’s getting noisier, but do you have the money to buy a whole new one or would it be easier and cheaper to just repair and replace the components that have started failing? The different components in a laptop are famously more difficult to replace than in a desktop computer but with the right tools and a little patience you can soup your machine up until it’s good as new. Deciding which option is right for you should start off b...

Can you recover data from a bent memory stick?

16 Nov 2018
USB flash drives are convenient, easy-to-use and – thanks to continuously developing technology – can even offer up to 2TBs of storage. For all of the positives these mobile and reliable pieces of storage media offer, however, their diminutiveness and fragility are significant problems that are regularly behind physical damage that leads to data loss. So delicate are these devices that it’s by no means uncommon for them to bend or even break in two, leading owners to conclude that their files are lost forever; an understandable but incorrect assumption. Whilst HDDs store data by writing it onto the surface of a magnetic material, flash drives write data onto NAND chips. Just as a...