Data recovery FAQs: what is a head crash?

13 Jun 2019
The head crash is, amongst those operating within Information Communication Technology at least, truly infamous. It’s one of the most common causes of hard drive failure and data loss. As a result, it’s both despised and feared by IT professionals in equal measure. But just what exactly is a head crash? Well, before we explain, we’ll need to provide a bit more information about how hard drives work. How hard drives work Hard drives store data by using components called read/write heads to record data onto a separate part of the drive known as ‘platters. The heads write either a one or zero onto microscopic sectors of these platters by magnetizing or demagnetizing them. The...

Can Macs get viruses?

24 May 2019
We’ve discussed how computer viruses can bring about data loss previously, but this is just one of the drawbacks of having an infected machine. Reduced performance, irritating popups and – in the worst-case scenario – financial loss are all possible when a device is infected by an insidious programme. For several years, this has resulted in many consumers who falsely believed that Macs could not be infected by viruses opting for these devices over PCs. Sadly, this is – as we’ve alluded previously – a myth. The operating systems used by Macs have flaws that hackers can exploit – leveraging them is simply less profitable when compared to Windows. Why we all thought Macs couldn’...

How long does data recovery take?

17 May 2019
Data has, over the last two decades, come to play a vital role in many businesses' day-to-day activities. So, when a business requires data recovery services, they usually need the job done as quickly as possible. It should come as no surprise, then, to hear that stakeholders are nigh-on always extremely keen to know just how quickly we can recover their data. On average, we complete data recovery jobs within two business days. There are, however, several factors that can affect these timeframes. Here are the most common: Severely damaged media The process of recovering data from storage media that has suffered significant physical damage is inevitably more time-consuming. W...

How is data recovery done?

10 May 2019
In order to recover data from a failed media device, a number of tools and techniques can be used. The best course of action is determined by several factors, but the cause of data loss and the type of storage media are most likely to govern what processes are used in order to recover the data. Data recovery software Generally speaking, data recovery software is required when the storage media has suffered from logical damage. In other words, when the problem lies not with the media itself, but with something that has been done to it or the way it is reading the data stored on it. Typical examples of such problems include: ·        ...

How to recover permanently deleted files

03 May 2019
We’ve all accidentally deleted files but doing so doesn’t mean they’re lost forever. There’ll be no means of accessing the data, but it will still exist until it’s been overwritten. Here’s why: Why permanently deleted data isn’t permanently deleted When files are removed from a Recycle Bin or similar facility, the space within which it is stored is simply marked as available. As a result, the data remains present within the media until it is written over by new data. Think of your storage media as a library. There’s only so much space and only so many books can be stored there as a result. Imagine if library policy dictated that unpopular books are to be replaced by alternat...

How to find out the cost of getting your data recovered

26 Apr 2019
When we find ourselves needing to spend money in order to fix a problem – whether it be to repair a leaking pipe, a faulty car or anything else – we want to know how much it’s going to cost us. Data recovery is no exception. If we have a problem with a house, car, washing machine etc. we generally know who to contact for a quote. Recovering data from a failed hard drive, SSD etc. is a much more specific task, however, and knowing who to contact – and therefore the task of obtaining a quote – is far more problematic as a result. Equally concerning for those in need of such services is the fact that, whilst many of us have a rough idea of what will be required to repair most mechan...

What is Ransomware and how can I stop it?

18 Apr 2019
With each day that passed, data becomes an ever more valuable commodity. For businesses, it’s used daily to fulfil services and gain valuable insights into patters and trends. Outside of private enterprise, people like you and me use data for personal enjoyment daily. Sadly, the value of data – both personal and professional – is being leveraged by cyber criminals who know that there are people who would, if they were to lose it, do anything to get it back.It was this realisation that led to the birth of Ransomware, a computer virus that, once it’s infected a system, proceeds to encrypt the data stored there. Following this, a ransom is requested in return for the data to be decrypte...

How to keep your hard drive cool (and why it matters)

12 Apr 2019
Overheating is one of the most common causes of hard drive failure. Hard drives use motors to rotate their platters and, as they’re capable of turning them at speeds of as much as 15,000 revolutions per minute, heat is an inevitable by-product. Excess heat is bad news for hard drives. It can damage electrical components and, as it makes elements expand in size, can lead to the drive’s head coming into contact with it’s platters causing what is typically referred to as a ‘head crash’. Whilst overheating may regularly cause data loss, though, it’s entirely preventable. Here are our top tips for keeping your hard drive cool: Move your computer to improve air flow This may...

HDD or SSD – what’s right for you

05 Apr 2019
When it comes to data storage media, should you go with the tried and tested or… the new (though actually, by now, pretty old) kid on the block? SSDs may utilise newer technology than hard disk drives – with many assuming they’re superior as a result – but each have their own advantages and drawbacks. So, the one that’s right for you will differ depending on how you’re likely to use it and which features you value most. So, here’s a list of things that anyone looking to purchase a new piece of storage media should consider coupled with a summary of how SSDs and HDDs compare: Speed Like Usain Bolt in every single race he’s ever been involved in, this one was always going...

SSDs and data recovery: everything you need to know

29 Mar 2019
With the cost of the hardware needed to manufacture SSDs continuing to fall, the popularity of this flash-based media is certain to grow. SSDs offer a few advantages when compared to HDDs, but there are a few drawbacks, too, chief amongst which is that recovering data from failed SSDs can be a difficult task. SSDs fail without warning Whilst hard drives typically let users know that a failure is imminent by making unusual sounds, the same cannot be said for SSDs. Hard drives are mechanical devices that utilise moving parts whilst SSDs do not. Instead, they use electronic components and are completely silent. As a result, SSD failure often comes completely out of the blu...