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...

Choosing the right RAID for your business

20 Mar 2019
As businesses grow, so does their need for data storage solutions offering superior capacities, performance and reliability. For many SMEs, the solution to this problem is to utilise RAID arrays. Such a setup can offer impressive read/write speeds, increased protection against data loss and capacities that are easily scaled. The benefits of a RAID differ greatly depending on the way they are setup, however, and this can make it difficult for decision makers to settle on which RAID arrangement best meets their business’s needs. As a business that has not only seen substantial growth within a relatively short period of time but also specialises in data storage and recovery, Fields...

What is a corrupted file and can my data be recovered?

15 Mar 2019
Corrupted files are one of the most common causes of data loss. Most people have experienced it in some form, with files becoming inoperable for no apparent reason. As common as it may be, though, very few people understand why it happens or what, if anything, can be done to return affected files to working order. Why files can become corrupted Files of any kind can become corrupted for a multitude of reasons; so many, in fact, that providing a comprehensive list is simply not possible. Generally, though, they’re attributable to bugs in software or a problem with the read/write process when initially creating and storing data or when trying to retrieve it at a later date....

Businesses: it’s time to start encrypting your USB drives

08 Mar 2019
Cost reports, client information, SWOT reports; when there hasn’t been enough time in the day to complete important tasks and you need to take some files home with you, the small but dependable USB drive is the perfect device for the job. More-often-than-not, tough, these drives are unencrypted and this needs to change. Here’s why: You’re risking a big, big fine Yes, we know, we’ve used ‘big’ twice in the subheading but, trust us, we’re not engaging in melodrama or exaggeration: the fine for failing to encrypt data before taking it out of a business premise is absolutely gargantuan! In an attempt to get businesses to take data protection more seriously, the European Union i...

What happens to a hard drive when it overheats

15 Feb 2019
Heat is a typical by-product of many of the devices we use on a daily basis. Engines, for example, produce a tremendous amount of heat; as do items like washing machines, televisions, blenders and more. Anything that uses moving parts or needs an electrical current to function will generate heat. Thanks to advances in cooling technology, overheating is now less of an issue that it has been at any other time – but it’s not been eradicated in its entirety… and hard drives and high temperatures are not the best of friends! When any device is forced to operate in a hot environment, its performance suffers. As far as hard drives are concerned, this can come in the form of slow read/wri...

Dropped your hard drive? Here’s why it’s stopped working

01 Feb 2019
There is not a single person on this planet that has not, at some point in their lives, accidentally damaged a household electronic item. Televisions get knocked off stands, metal objects find their way in to washing machines, phones get stood on – these are just a few common examples and, here at Fields Data Recovery, we’re well accustomed to helping people who’ve dropped their laptops or external drives. It’s more common than you’d think and, sadly, the first thing that 99.9% of people do after such an accident is the worst thing they could possibly do under such circumstances. Never power up a dropped hard drive We know from first-hand experience that the first thing you’ll...

Why hard drives can stop spinning

25 Jan 2019
When you start up your computer, you’ll be used to hearing a gentle emanate from it. This is the sound of the discs (platters) spinning and, when this no longer happens, your hard drive cannot read your data. How a hard drive stores and retrieves data All data that is stored on a hard drive is found within its disks. Everything that is stored here – whether a photograph, music file, word document or anything else – is comprised of ones or zeroes, each of which is written onto small sections of these disks. Each one or zero is known as a byte. When a hard drive is relatively new, and a large number of these spaces is available, the individual bytes are placed close to one an...