How to transfer your data to a new PC

19 Oct 2018
If you’re anything like me, the moment you purchase a piece of technology of any kind you immediately regress to the point where you are, to all extents and purpose, tens-years-old again. Literally everything has to wait until I’ve got everything setup and running. When the new item in question is a new PC, that includes transferring all of the data stored on my old device over to my shiny new one. Recently, my parents replaced their PC of several years, with my mother – who, unlike my father, is not a complete luddite – taking charge of the task of transferring over their data to their new one machine. Having not done this before, however, she turned it into a drawn-out process:...

How the Cloud works

18 Oct 2018
For those of us who grew up when mobile phones were beginning to go mainstream, terrestrial television began airing a fifth channel and the discman was the most technologically advanced mobile media player available, today’s technology – such as smartphones, streaming services and superfast broadband – can seem nothing short of miraculous. The Cloud – perhaps due to its ubiquitous nature – is a great example of such advancements. It’s almost like our data is being stored in – and retrieved from – the atmosphere; quite literally like magic. The explanation, though, is far more straightforward. This service is delivered by multiple computers, servers and data centres located in...

Pilot for commercial DNA data storage to commence in 2019

12 Oct 2018
For some time now, those operating within the technology sector have known that mankind is producing data at a rate that is unsustainable. Many experts have even suggested that the demand for storage will be outstripping supply in less than a decade! In response, both public and private organisations from manufacturers to universities have been developing more and more efficient means of storing data for the past several years. Problem is, in the vast majority of instances, their efforts have yielded only small improvements in storage density (such as the helium-filled HDD). Others, which boasted ground-breaking and truly colossal densities, were simply too complicated, expensive...

Why we offer a free data recovery diagnostic

11 Oct 2018
‘How much will it cost for me to get my data back?’ is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the question we’re asked most regularly. Sadly, because data can be lost for a plethora of reasons and both these along with the device type itself will affect the tools, skills and software required for a successful recovery, providing an exact quote is no easy task. Just like a plumber will need to examine a leak in your home or a mechanic will need to look at your car before they can provide you with a quote, our engineers will need to look at your drive, determine the cause of the problem and what we’ll need to complete the recovery before we can tell you how much a recovery will cost. Whilst...

Can you recover deleted photos from an SD card?

28 Sep 2018
Data storage may be more reliable than ever before but, as we know, it still fails. Mechanical fault, power surges and technical errors are all common causes of data loss but, ultimately, the most common cause of data loss is still – and, in our opinion, will remain to be – human error. As a result, we regularly recover data that people have accidentally deleted and, more often than not, the data in question is largely comprised of image files which, considering the amount of sentimental value these files undoubtedly hold, should come as no surprise. What may well come as a surprise, though, is that recovering deleted data from an SD card is, usually, entirely possible. When d...

Why the world needs more data storage

27 Sep 2018
As a society, we’re creating data at a truly unprecedented rate. For some, the reasons why are plain to see; for others, it’s much less obvious. Here, in Fields Data Recoveries opinion, are the five main reasons why we desperately need more room for our data. 1.       The internet We’ve started with the internet because absolutely no one can dispute that it’s played a key role in our recent data explosion. Following its launch, large companies began creating websites. Over time, companies and organisations of all shapes and sizes came to recognise the importance of having an online presence. We all then got in on the act and – thanks to technology...

Can you recover data from a broken hard drive?

21 Sep 2018
Electronic devices are expensive – and that includes storage media. The monetary value of hard drives, however, nigh-on always pales in comparison to the emotional, practical and sentimental value of the data they contain. This is why, when a hard drive fails, users are less concerned about the cost of a new piece of media and instead want to find out if the data held on it can be recovered and, if it can, what they’ll need to pay to get it back. Well, you can click here to find out approximately how much data recovery will cost and we’ll tell you if your data can be recovered below: If you’ve dropped your drive If your drive has suffered physical damage the likelihood of a f...

Collection of 14TB HDDs unveiled by Seagate

20 Sep 2018
I think it’s safe to say that everyone who works in the technology sector – from PHP developers to data recovery experts – all agree that we need more data storage space. Fortunately, manufacturers agree with such assessments; none more so than Seagate whose latest collection of HDDs not only increase the media’s maximum capacity by a not insignificant 2TBs, but that are also available in several variations designed to meet the needs of various users. Seagate’s newest range of 14TB HDDs includes the Iron Wolf range for network attached storage, the Barracuda range for those looking for a high-performance HDD for their computers, the SkyHawk range – designed to work in conjunction...

Is this the most rugged of all rugged external drives?

17 Sep 2018
Hard drives, for the most part, are extremely reliable. Yes, some suffer from mechanical failure, but this is rare. Other faults are equally atypical and the number one cause of data loss is actually human error, specifically from drops, shocks etc. Astute manufacturers – aware of both this and that there were users who would go to great lengths to protect their data – began offering external drives housed in durable casings that offered greater protection from drops, shocks and even water. Taiwanese memory and storage manufacturer ADATA Technology have recently unveiled their latest rugged drive; and it has some extremely impressive features. The HD830 encases a 2, 4 or 5TB HDD...

Computer can’t recognise your drive? Try these steps

13 Sep 2018
Setting up and using an external drive of any kind should be a straightforward task; usually as simple as plugging the drive into a USB port and waiting until the relevant icon appears on your desktop. That said, it’s far from unusual for external drives not to be recognised and, if you’ve been affected by this, here’s what we recommend: 1.       Check the power source Some external drives need to be powered up when connected to a computer. In fact, some even require their own individual power source and need to be connected to the mains to function. This one’s extremely obvious, but you’d be surprised how often people think they’ve purchased a...