Can you recover data from a water-damaged drive?

17 Aug 2018
Hard drives and water, like cats and dogs, do not mix well. Sadly, whether due to an accidental spillage, a burst pipe or flood, they regularly come into contact with one another. In many cases, this will be of little concern to those affected. We almost all have some type of data that is important to us, but when data loss has been caused by something which has caused widespread damage, its loss will pale in comparison to the importance of repairing damaged properties, vehicles and other items. To those whose livelihoods are invariably linked to their data, however, losing it is understandable a pressing concern. Good news: it can be recovered… but there are a few things you’ll...

Intel unveil world’s densest and ‘totally silent’ SSD

13 Aug 2018
Whilst the use of SSDs in data centres is certainly growing, their lower power consumption and cooling costs are still offset by the fact that they store less data than enterprise HDDs and are more expensive. But could that be about to change? Intel have unveiled an SSD capable of storing 32TBs of data (three times the amount of data held in the U.S. congressional library according to their press release) and that produces no sound whatsoever. The Intel® SSD DC P4500 also utilises a dramatically different design to previous SSDs: it’s roughly the size of a 12-inch ruler (the type many readers might remember using in school). This new format – which allows data centres to utili...

The data recovery process summarised

08 Aug 2018
Recovering data from a failed, damaged or mismanaged piece of storage media can be a complex process. By identifying the problem, the most appropriate solution and the tools that will be required before beginning the recovery process, however, the process becomes a lot more manageable.   For this reason, each piece of media – whether an SSD, RAID array, smartphone or anything else – that arrives in our lab goes through the same robust ISO-approved four-stage process; ensuring that we’ve identified the best possible means of recovering the data present on it.   Data recovery process step one: the initial assessment   Before any data can be recovere...

SSDs are about to get a lot cheaper, reports suggest

03 Aug 2018
If you’ve been considering upgrading to an SSD, it may be worth your while to wait for a few more months: the price of solid state drives (SSDs) are set to fall significantly in the latter half of 2018, a market research firm has claimed. DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, have precited that the cost of NAND Flash will fall by 10 per cent in successive quarters in the second half of 2018. Historically, the opposite has been true with prices driven up by manufacturers purchasing cells in preparation for the Christmas rush – but this trend is unlikely to continue in 2018. Demand for SSDs has been considerably less pronounced than expected, with experts attributing this to fl...

Tips for freeing up some data storage space

19 Jul 2018
Did you know that the amount of digital data stored in the world is doubling every two years? How about the fact that more than 90% of the data we store is only accessed and used within the three-month period that follows its creation? In short, chances are that most of us will either need to clear out our hard drives or invest in some extra storage at some point. Here then are our top tips for those that need to store more data: 1.       Do a data audit Like we’ve said previously, 90% of all data is only accessed within the first three months of its existence. To put it another way, you may not need 90% of all of the data you have stored on your...

New high-density storage media uses unusual materials

13 Jul 2018
According to several experts, society is on the verge of a data storage crisis. Research has suggested that the total amount of data stored worldwide is doubling every two years. Additionally, more than 90% of the data we create is only accessed within the first three months of its existence before going on to spend the rest of its days accruing metaphysical dust. In short, we need media with significantly greater storage densities than those currently on offer – but how will we achieve this? Fortunately, several means of increasing the density of existing technologies have emerged in recent years, as have new and innovative means of storing data. Notable examples of the former in...

New version of ransomware shows the problem’s getting worse

12 Jul 2018
It may have already been the reason that thousands upon thousands of people around the globe have lost access to their data, but ransomware shows no signs of abating. In fact, it’s becoming more effective. Having begun to infect the storage media of unsuspecting users in January of this year, GandCrab ransomware quickly gained notoriety following it becoming ne’er-do-well’s virus of choice. Those who were inclined to do so could simply purchase the malware via the dark web and then proceed to infect unsuspecting targets with just a few clicks. This, of course, effectively opened up cybercrime to nefarious individuals who otherwise lacked the technical knowledge required to hold ot...

Why your hard drive’s clicking

06 Jul 2018
Clicking hard drives cause so much panic that they spawned the term ‘click of death’. Whilst a clicking hard drive is never good news, though, it isn’t necessarily a reason to panic. There are multiple reasons why a hard drive can click and although this invariably means there’s a problem, it isn’t necessarily always the extremely problematic mechanical kind people usually expect (though we’d still recommend powering down immediately, just in case). It’s entirely possible that the clicking sound is being caused by a firmware issue rather than mechanical failure, for example. In such instances, it will not be necessary to replace any parts of the drive and the process of recover...

How much does a hard drive data recovery service cost?

05 Jul 2018
‘How much will it cost to recover the data on my hard drive?’ is undoubtedly the most common question Fields Data Recovery’s technicians receive. In spite of this, though, it’s also a question that can’t be answered accurately before we’ve had the opportunity to examine the drive. Yes, we can provide a ballpark figure but, as hard drives can fail for any number of reasons, the cause of the data loss must be identified before we can determine what will need to be done to recover it. As with any other mechanical device – whether a car, a washing machine or anything else – an expert must conduct an in-depth visual examination of the device before a detailed quote can be provided....

Will our smartphones soon be storing TBs of data?

29 Jun 2018
No one can deny that smartphones have had a significant effect on the way we create, consume and store our data. Often, though, due to their relatively low storage capacities, users need to carefully select their most important files (their favourite music or video files, for example) which they will then afford a space in their phone’s storage media. Other files can usually be accessed through the cloud but this, of course, is not possible when someone finds themselves in an area with poor signal. It’s also worth noting that streaming data from the cloud can become expensive once a user Has exceeded the monthly data allowance they’re afforded by their service provider. In short,...