Can a broken hard drive be repaired?

28 Dec 2018
People that regularly use computers will inevitably have to deal with a failed or broken hard drive at some point in their lives. Just as a car will eventually cease to function effectively as a result of one of its many moving parts no longer working as it should, hard drives are mechanical devices and – with their various components becoming a little bit weaker each time they’re used – will eventually fail. Replacing a broken car with a new one, however, is less cost-effective than repairing it 99.9% of the time whereas the expense accrued having a hard drive repaired will always be greater than the cost of simply buying a new one; then again, that’s not really the point!The true...

RAID data recovery: just how reliable are RAIDs?

17 Dec 2018
RAID data recovery is a term that is regularly entered into search engines. Vitally, this serves to disprove the widespread and damaging myth that RAIDs are a sure-fire way of keeping vital data safe and are an unassailable means of preserving digital files. RAIDs can and do fail and, whilst they offer a degree of protection that will at times allow an IT professional to retrieve lost data without the need to enlist additional support following a failure, there are certain to be times that the assistance of RAID data recovery experts will be needed. The majority of RAID setups offer additional protection against data loss, the only exception being RAID 0 which offers improved r...

How we recover deleted photos from your SD card

05 Dec 2018
When you send your device off to us for your data to be recovered, you probably wonder exactly what goes on inside our lab. Fields Data Recovery has been operating for almost twenty years and in that time, we have completed over 150,000 diagnostics. We have an industry leading recovery rate of 92.5% and hundreds of glowing reviews from previous clients, and the reason we do what we do so well is down to our innovative and effective practices. We’re always learning and improving, and we’re happy to take on the most difficulty cases that others can’t – we just research and create new ways to tackle those issues. SD cards are some of the most common devices we’re sent from clients and...

Your guide to buying a new hard drive

05 Dec 2018
So your old hard drive has died, taking with it all of your hard earned and much loved data. You’ve used our online price guide to get your quote, and you’ve sent your device off to us, so we can work our magic and get it back for you. That’s one big problem sorted, but now you have another looming over the horizon. You need a new hard drive. Solid state drives (or SSDs) have become standard over time for boot drives, and you may well use one if you’re a big gamer or use your device for intensive professional work, but most of us are still relying on hard disk drives for our bulk storage. In shopping around for your new HDD you can fall into a common trap of assuming all mechanical...

How do data recovery clean rooms work?

29 Nov 2018
At Fields Data Recovery, we use a number of different tools to ensure we give ourselves the best chance of recovering your precious data. Ranging from standard equipment like soldering irons and stereoscopic microscopes to complex and specialist facilities, like our state of the art data recovery clean room. When hard drives are damaged, its often not impossible to recover data but it can be incredibly difficult to do unless under the right conditions. When the drives are initially assembled by the manufacturer, they’re put together under strict conditions that are completely clean and sterile due to how sensitive the inside of the technology can be. If even a speck of dust find...

How do you recover deleted photos from an iPhone?

23 Nov 2018
Touch screens have provided us with a much more intuitive interface that can be used across any number of devices. They’ve also resulted in it being exceptionally easy to delete images and videos that we want to keep: misplace your finger and they’re suddenly transported into the ether never to be seen again… or are they?  Retrieve deleted images from your iPhone’s ‘Recently Deleted’ folder If you recently deleted an image or video, you’ll be able to find it in your phone’s ‘Recently Deleted’ folder. You can access this by visiting your ‘Photos’ app, directing yourself to your albums and then scrolling down. You should see this folder at the bottom of this page and, after...

How do you fix a clicking hard drive?

22 Nov 2018
If you’re reading this, we think it’s a pretty safe bet that there’s a clicking sound emanating from your hard drive and, if this is the case, you should power the drive down immediately! Here’s why:Why your hard drive’s clickingIn order to store and retrieve data, all hard drives have a read/write head which, as its name suggests, both writes data to and reads it from the drive. This data is both written to and read from what are referred to as platters, thin discs coated in a magnetic material. Most hard drives contain several platters.If you hear a clicking sound originating from your PC, laptop or any other device that contains a hard drive, the most logical source of th...

Do you need a laptop hard disk replacement?

19 Nov 2018
Keeping on top of the latest tech can be an expensive endeavour, but whether we like it or not, the time will come for each of us to review whether our laptop is coming to the end of its life. It’s usually a big decision, too. Sure, it’s running slowly and it’s getting noisier, but do you have the money to buy a whole new one or would it be easier and cheaper to just repair and replace the components that have started failing? The different components in a laptop are famously more difficult to replace than in a desktop computer but with the right tools and a little patience you can soup your machine up until it’s good as new. Deciding which option is right for you should start off by...

Can you recover data from a bent memory stick?

16 Nov 2018
USB flash drives are convenient, easy-to-use and – thanks to continuously developing technology – can even offer up to 2TBs of storage. For all of the positives these mobile and reliable pieces of storage media offer, however, their diminutiveness and fragility are significant problems that are regularly behind physical damage that leads to data loss. So delicate are these devices that it’s by no means uncommon for them to bend or even break in two, leading owners to conclude that their files are lost forever; an understandable but incorrect assumption.Whilst HDDs store data by writing it onto the surface of a magnetic material, flash drives write data onto NAND chips. Just as a dama...

How do you recover accidentally deleted data?

14 Nov 2018
We’ve all been there and, whilst accidentally deleting files you wanted is certain to leave you feeling a little, well… underconfident, human error is still the most common cause of data loss. To put it another way, if you’ve deleted something you needed, don’t feel too bad: you aren’t the first and you certainly won’t be the last. What’s more, you can not only soothe your bruised ego with the knowledge that countless others have made the same mistake, but also – and more importantly – with the fact that your data can probably be recovered.Deleted data can nearly always be recovered… if you act fastOne of the most common misconceptions about deleted data is that it ceases to exist po...