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 and Fields Data Recovery now recover data from hundreds of iPhones etc. every year. 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 t...

How long do SSDs last?

28 Jun 2018
For anyone considering upgrading their PC, SSDs are undeniably an option worth considering. Their lack of moving parts means that they’re significantly quieter than HDDs, consume far less power and, most importantly of all, they’re significantly quicker than any alternative form of high-capacity storage media. As any one of our technicians specialising in SSD recovery will tell you, they're continousy growing in popularity. That said, for several years many IT professionals recommended against adopting solid state storage, their main concern being that the chips that hold the data have a finite lifespan and can only have data written onto them so many times before they fail. Whils...

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 in order to avoid damaging data loss, 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 long...

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 (a claim supported by the number of hard drive recoveries we've completed year-on-year).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...

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. They've certainly seen a steady rate of adoption if the number we're seeing on our data recovery lab is anything to go by, but their still not as onipresent as hard drives. 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,...

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...