Can you recover data from a damaged hard drive?

22 Jun 2018
When a hard drive has suffered physical damage – whether due to a fall, electrical surge, mechanical failure or anything else – it does not necessarily mean that the data that you have stored on it is lost forever. Yes, it’s possible that the damage is so severe that your data is beyond retrieval but this is a lot less likely than you may think. If your hard drive has suffered physical damage, what you do after you’ve realised that something’s amiss is absolutely vital. So, if your computer fails to boot, your hard drive starts to make suspicious noises or you have good reason to believe your drive’s damaged (if you recently dropped the device housing it, for example) power it dow...

Why we’d pick an external HDD over the Cloud

21 Jun 2018
Whilst we and many other commentators persistently advocate the importance of people and businesses regularly backing up their data, research consistently shows that most people are still failing to do so. Perhaps this stems from so many of us being blissfully unaware of the fact that storage media can and does fail? It could be because we’ve never considered just how valuable our data actually is both monetarily and sentimentally? These are both distinct possibilities, but we can’t help but feel that the plethora of potential options available for backups is causing confusion and that consumers would be more inclined to secure their data’s longevity if they knew what device or se...

How to perform a data audit

15 Jun 2018
We’re creating data at a truly astonishing rate; in fact, the amount of digital data in existence is currently doubling every two years. This, it is widely agreed, is simply not sustainable. Whilst this means that many of us are finding our various device are being filled to the brim with data, it’s worth remembering that the vast majority of us simply do not review what we have stored on our various drives. In fact, research has shown that, three months after it’s been created, 90% of all data is never accessed again. So, by managing our storage media more effectively, it’s surprisingly easy to ensure we’ve always got a few GBs free. Here’s how: Delete your unwanted data...

SSD prices are falling – should you get one?

14 Jun 2018
For the more casual technology-adopters amongst us the benefits of SSDs have been offset by their higher cost for several years now. According to the latest news, though, the superior loading times offered by these flash-based storage devices no longer need come at a premium. According to several reputable tech sites across the world wide web, the cost of both commercial and consumer SSDs is falling as a result of the market being oversupplied to the point where demand is significantly lower than supply. Still, tempting as the prospect of a bargain may be, you’re only really going to benefit from an SSD if the following apply: You’re a gamer Thanks to their lack of moving par...

Why your Freezer is no Place for a Hard Drive!

07 Jun 2018
It’s one of those urban legends that simply refuses to die: ‘placing a failed hard in your freezer will make the drive functional for a short period of time thus allowing you to recover your data.’ Now, whilst this argument may be based partly on logic, it’s still not something we at Fields Data Recovery would recommend. Why? Because it’s highly unlikely that it’s going to work and is, in all probability, going to result in your drive suffering irreparable damage. This theory emerged because, should a drive’s spindle (the part that is used to rotate the platters on which data is stored) fail, then freezing the drive can, occasionally, realign the spindle thus allowing you to use th...

How to securely erase data from a hard drive

01 Jun 2018
At Fields Data Recovery, we regularly purchase second-hand hard drives for spare parts. Over the last few years, we’ve noticed that more and more of these devices still contain data created by their previous owners. Granted, the users have nearly always deleted their data and the problem is therefore caused by naivety rather than neglect, but this doesn’t change the fact that the personal information present on the drives is still easily accessible and ripe for exploitation. Many people assume that data is permanently deleted following them having emptied their recycle bins, but this is simply not the case. When this is done, the devices firmware is simply informed that the data...

How to get a free, no-obligation data recovery quote

25 May 2018
‘How much does it cost to recover data?’ is one of the most common questions Fields Data Recovery’s staff are asked. In fact, it’s likely that each individual public-facing member of staff is asked it at least once each day! Sadly, this is a question that cannot be answered with any reasonable degree of accuracy before an engineer has analysed the drive, diagnosed it and determined both the problem and solution. A quote cannot be provided before this for the same reason that a doctor cannot prescribe drugs before examining a patient: a reasonable amount of information can be gleaned remotely, but not enough to be certain of the cause of the failure or the best means of recovering...

Got your phone wet? Here’s what you’ll need to do next

23 May 2018
With the weather getting warmer, many of us will be making a beeline for the beach. Our phones will inevitably go with us in order to capture that perfect family portrait or, possibly, a selfie with friends. Whilst the reasons for taking our phones to the beach are obvious, it’s not a particularly tech-friendly environment. Sand can clog up small entry points, mobile devices don’t usually like the heat and last but by-no-means least, there’s the obvious potential for water damage.Of course, phones suffer from water damage at all times of the year but, as trips abroad and local beaches will result in an increased number of phones suffering from it over the summer months, we thought it pr...

Employers, here’s something you need to consider about BYOD

17 May 2018
As you can imagine, data recovery companies receive multiple drives – and therefore a truly enormous amount of data – on a daily basis. A significant portion of this data could be described as personal and/or sensitive. This is precisely why any company that deals in the act of recovering data from failed hard drives, phones, PCs etc. must adhere to the data protection act (soon to be replaced by the GDPR) and ensure that all information gleaned from any device remains confidential. In recent years, a trend has developed amongst employees which has seen them bring, and use, their own devices at work (dubbed BYOD or Bring Your Own Device). These devices tend to contain personal and...

Wear levelling prolongs your SSD’s lifespan – here’s how

15 May 2018
We’ve recently written about how SSDs work and how, due to their lack of moving parts, they are far less likely to suffer from mechanical faults than HDDs as well as offer faster read/write speeds.Lower costs aside, it would seem that HDDs have no real advantages over flash-based media, but this is not entirely true: as the cells of devices that utilise flash technology can only be adjusted (to either prevent or allow an electrical current to flow through them) a set number of times, all such devices have a finite lifespan. Alternatively, each small sector of a HDD can be magnetised and de-magnetised indefinitely. This is unlikely to be an issue for the majority of non-commercial...