Hard Drive Recovery Group Discusses RAIDs, MacOS Mojave and Identity Theft In Its Latest Blogs

As part of its core mission to educate customers on data storage technologies and tips, Hard Drive Recovery Group’s latest blog post tackles RAID arrays – what they are, and how this powerful technology helps businesses across North America.

“While probably near 100% of business and government employees access files from a RAID array on a server of some kind each and every day, few people understand the technology behind them,” said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group. “This is a technology that is now starting to age, and yet still is one of the most powerful enterprise storage systems available today.”

RAID, or Redundant Array of Independent Disks, is a multiple disk array storage style that is typically classified by levels such as RAID 0 (which offers no redundancy, but added performance), RAID 1 (which offers better data security due to redundancy), and the most popular level, the RAID 5 (which offers both speed AND redundancy). These systems are made for heavy duty, long term use and typically operate smoothly for several years. They do, sadly, have their faults.

“RAID 5 and 6 and 10 arrays offer a fantastic degree of redundancy as well as performance, but they are definitely not invincible,” said Davies. “Most IT administrators are aware of this, but if more than a single drive fails in the array, professional data recovery is typically necessary.”

Another blog post, entitled MacOS Mojave for Beginners, explains the operating system update procedure, while offering important tips to Mac users that may be new to the process.

“Although it mostly goes without saying, backing up your computer hard drives any time you are considering upgrading your operating system is just good business,” said Davies. “Operating system upgrades are notorious for going wrong in the Windows world, and there’s really no reason why MacOS upgrades are any different.”

The post also discusses the newer Group FaceTime feature, which allows groups to hold video calls, something that was not available before in the MacOS software.

A third post, entitled, “How Identity Thieves Gain From Data Loss”, discusses the dark side of the Internet, a multi-billion dollar industry known as data brokering. These companies tend to be faceless, shadowy organizations which collect consumer data and then repackage it and sell it to large corporations – often without the permission of the user.

“There are certainly a lot of data brokers making a lot of money selling off data they acquire from means that are not entirely above board,” said Davies. “The real trick in terms of safeguarding your data, though, are the trojan horse data breaches from companies you trust, which often use large Terms and Conditions agreements to fool the average user.”

The data brokering industry has upped its game over the past 10 years, with the public only recently discovering that all of their personal data, including phone call times, GPS location data and even emails are currently being mined by large companies like Facebook and Google. It’s a trend that is likely to continue.

“Unfortunately for the larger social media companies out there, people are beginning to catch on to the fact that everything they do is being traced and saved somewhere on a database,” said Davies. “The larger tech companies have thus far avoided regulation of their use of user data, but considering many have almost ‘Public Utility’-status, that may change soon.”

While the article does discuss how identity thieves can create real difficulties and problems for their victims, the reality is that when it comes to personal data, it is often the user’s most trusted website, social network or even smart phone that may be getting away with virtually everything.

“Getting users to read the Terms and Conditions is not really going to help most people, as they are typically deliberately constructed to be long, hard to read and confusing,” said Davies. “The basic point every user concerned needs to understand is that if they carry a cell phone and use social media apps, they are being tracked.”

Hard Drive Recovery Group offers safe and fully secure data recovery for companies and users that demand a high level of privacy.

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RAID Explained

What is RAID? If you’re not an IT person, you probably don’t know a lot about it. However, one thing is for sure. You’ve probably heard about it. If you’re working in an office where massive data are stored in servers, you’ve probably come across the RAID acronym.

RAIDs are boxes on your network that hold two or more drives, and constantly mirror your data. If one drive fails, you can rebuild the array to recover your data. These are also called NAS (for network-attached storage).

(Via: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/backups-act-like-your-business-depends-on-them)

Companies rely a lot on RAID systems. For starters, they’re very cost effective. Secondly, they can help lessen the impact of a data loss.

One of the reasons why many companies are using RAID is that the data in the array can simply be used. Those using the data need not be aware they are using RAID at all. When a failure occurred and the array is recovering, access to the data will be slower. Accessing the data during this time will also slow down the recovery process, but this is still much faster than not being able to work with the data at all. Depending on the RAID level however, disks may not fail while the new disk is being prepared for use. A disk failing at that time will result in losing all the data in the array.

(Via: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID)

So, what does the acronym, RAID, stand for. Well, it stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks. Originally, it stood for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks.

This particular data storage technology basically uses multiple disks or drives to achieve better reliability and performance.

Short for redundant array of independent disks, RAID is an assortment of hard drives connected and set up in ways to help protect or speed up the performance of a computer’s disk storage. RAID is commonly used on servers and high performance computers.

(Via: https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/r/raid.htm)

There are various RAID levels. Each RAID level is defined by the way the disks are joined.

The different ways to join disks are called RAID levels. A bigger number for the level is not necessarily better. Different RAID levels have different purposes. Some RAID levels need special disks and special controllers.

(Via: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID)

Here are two examples of RAID levels. RAID 0 consists of two drives or more. What this level does is that it strips data across all of the drives. By doing that, you are able to maintain your capacity and at the same time, double the read and write performance. Unfortunately, you will lose some data in case one of the drives fail. RAID 0 is ideal if you back up your data regularly. RAID1 is more reliable since it can retain data in case one of the two drives fail. As you can see, the various RAID levels provide some kind of safety net in case of hardware failure.

The way in which you configure that fault tolerance depends on the RAID level you set up. RAID levels depend on how many disks you have in a storage device, how critical drive failover and recovery is to your data needs, and how important it is to maximize performance. A business will generally find it more urgent to keep data intact in case of hardware failure than, for example, a home user will. Different RAID levels represent different configurations aimed at providing different balances between performance optimization and data protection.

(Via: https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2370235,00.asp)

So how reliable are RAID-enabled systems? According to https://www.harddriverecovery.org/raidcenter/raid-drive-failure.html, they are very reliable. As a matter of fact, they can operate smoothly for years.

However. RAID-enabled systems are not perfect. You would also have to consider the mechanical nature of their main components. They can also be prone to failure in the future. Another thing to consider is the impact of Undetected Disk Errors (UDEs) in RAID-enabled systems.

Despite the reliability of modern disks, recent studies have made it clear that a new class of faults, UndetectedDisk Errors (UDEs) also known as silent data corruption events, become a real challenge as storage capacity scales. While RAID systems have proven effective in protecting data from traditional disk failures, silent data corruption events remain a significant problem unaddressed by RAID.

(Via: https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Evaluating-the-impact-of-Undetected-Disk-Errors-in-Rozier-Belluomini/102805260c97faac015eec7c04d6b355cafa91ee)

Considering the possible failures of RAID systems, you would have to rely on experienced RAID data recovery engineers.  To find them, you can check out https://www.harddriverecovery.org/raid-data-recovery.html.

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MacOS Mojave For Beginners

All over the world, the number of computer users is growing mainly because most services have gone digital and the public has no choice but to embrace all these advancements just to stay updated. More often than not, someone who owns smartphone or a tablet also owns a computer or a laptop. From students to high-ranking professionals both in public and private organizations need a good working laptop in doing their daily tasks. The elite are usually the first to follow technology and try new concepts, so it is no surprise that most of them are loyal Apple users.

Apple is a tech innovator that paved the way for smart technology and gifted us with staple gadgets like the iPhone and Mac computers that have been synonymous with quality and superior technology both for its hardware and software. Just last September, Apple released its new MacOS Mojave and a whole lot of other exciting features that will significantly enhance your computing experience on your Apple laptops and computers, some of which are the Dark Mode, Stacks, a new screenshot tool, as well as an Improved Finder among others.

Back up before updating

Before you perform a major operation like installing a new OS, you should always perform a system backup to protect your data. Should the installation go awry, you don’t want to lose important documents along with your photo and music libraries. Thankfully, Macs include a tool that make backups easy: Time Machine. Learn how to back up your Mac.

Download and install

MacOS Mojave is available as a free update via the Mac App Store. To get it, open the Mac App Store and click the Updates tab. MacOS Mojave should be listed at the top after it’s released. Click the Update button to download the update.

Alternatively, you can click the Apple icon in the top left of your display, click About This Mac, and then click the Software Update button, which will open the Mac App Store app and prompt it to check for the update. You can track the progress of your download on the Purchased tab of the Mac App Store.

(Via: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-prepare-your-mac-for-macos-mojave/)

Don’t get too excited, though, because Apple has a disclaimer. Not all of their devices are compatible with the new operating system update, so better check out the first article to find out the corresponding devices who can make the great leap this year with the new MacOS Mojave.

Like with any other update, it will require ample storage so better clear up some space to make way for the new OS on your device. Making backup files is also a practical thing to do because you don’t want to lose any important file prior to making the update.

MacOS Mojave users will soon be able to join Group FaceTime chats, a feature that allows up to 32 people to simultaneously participate in a video call. Apple had tested Group FaceTime chats before through early MacOS developer betas, but it ultimately removed the feature prior to launching MacOS 10.14. Now, like with the developer and public betas for iOS 12.1, Apple is reintroducing the feature for testing in its fifth beta of MacOS Mojave 12.14.1, which was released to developers this week.

If the testing is successful, Group FaceTime will likely launch to consumers as part of Apple’s MacOS Mojave 10.14.1 release. This will allow families, businesses, and organizations that have standardized on an iOS and MacOS workflow to hold group video chats over FaceTime. Previously, FaceTime was limited to a one-to-one connection. Though multiple people can be huddled around a single iPhone or Mac to hold a video call, FaceTime does not allow multiple people in separate locations to join the same call. Group FaceTime changes that, and unlike platforms like Microsoft’s Skype or Google’s Hangouts, additional software isn’t required, as FaceTime is a preinstalled experience on Apple’s phones, tablets, and computers.

(Via: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/apple-begins-testing-group-facetime-for-macos-mojave-10141-release/)

All changes have flaws especially that the brilliant minds from Apple are still making tweaks here and there in response to reactions from existing users when they made the switch. Some of the new upgrades include a group Facetime feature that some users are looking forward to especially the ones who often calls family and friends locally and abroad. Considering that up to 32 people can join Facetime calls as a group can really come in handy even for businesses where meetings are often conducted to update everyone of progress in certain projects and tasks. 70 new emojis will also be added to the Apple emoji line to help Apple computer users better express their feelings using these cute emoticons.

All changes are exciting because we never really know what is in store for us but there are some things that actually never change. Even if you are using a more expensive and fancier Macbook Pro, for instance, it does not mean that you are totally immune to hard drive failure and data loss. If that is the case, orient yourself to these common problems such as https://www.harddriverecovery.org/clean_room.html and https://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/hard-drive-failure-recovery-three-major-user-mistakes/ because data recovery is a sensitive matter and require a special environment where it should be done and highly technical knowledge and expertise to actually get it done too.

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Hard Drive Recovery Group’s Blog Addresses Deleted Files And Remote Data Recovery

As part of efforts to ensure that each and every Hard Drive Recovery Group customer is an educated customer, the company’s newest blog posts address common file system issues, as well as service options that many clients do not know about.

“Having heard from many clients that simple information on hard drives is very difficult to find, we decided to react,” said Maureen Davies of Hard Drive Recovery Group. “Rarely do we find a customer that understands all of the aspects of their own computer’s storage system, so being able to point out basic concepts makes our service more educational.”

Addressing one of the most common data recovery requests with “Deleted Files, Where Do They Go?“, the PC’s Recycle Bin is looked at in depth as really the heart of most computers’ disposal system. Because many data recovery customers assume they have an emergency data loss situation simply because they have accidentally deleted a file, it is important to understand that Recycle Bin files can almost always be restored.

“What is interesting about many Windows and Mac customers is that they frequently do not know that you can quickly and easily restore files that you want back to their original location,” said Davies. “In fact, even in cases where the Recycle Bin has been emptied, it is usually quite possible to retrieve those files as well.”

The post entitled “Remote Data Recovery: Is It Right For You?”, meanwhile, documents a process that is not often considered by most consumer-level hard drive recovery customers. While certainly using data recovery software is very common knowledge to most users, Remote Data Recovery can allow the customer to avoid packing and shipping their hard drives and instead let an expert login and attempt the recovery remotely.

“While remote data recovery isn’t a very common service, and is typical only for those with major enterprise servers or multi drive RAID arrays, it can help the user that is pressed for time or is a great distance from the Hard Drive Recovery Group clean room,” said Davies. “We have seen very high quality restoration results from most remote data recoveries, but of course the conditions must be correct for it to work.”

Finally, the post “Data Recovery Cost: Is It Worth It?” tackles one of the most difficult issues for North American users – is their data worth paying the cost for professional data recovery services, or is it better to simply start again.

“Despite the economic projections that economists and others are making, the fact remains that less than 60% of Americans can afford a $1000 emergency, which means that a major hard drive failure that involves a lot of lab time is something they cannot afford,” said Davies. “It’s unfortunate, but many people these days are realizing they have to make a choice – keeping their car running, or saving a few years of family photos.”

While Hard Drive Recovery Group has always offered free evaluations for any hard drive crash or failure, the end decision on whether to recover or abandon the drive is always in the customers’ hands. So while catastrophic data loss issues have decreased for users pretty much across the board, the economic resources for which to pay for those increasingly rare failures is often not there.

“There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that hard drive and solid state drive technologies are getting better and better by the year,” said Davies. “But, no matter how you look at it, data storage technologies are still mechanical devices that fail after a certain amount of operation time. While you can certainly do your best to run from a catastrophic drive failure, the inevitability of them mean you cannot hide.”

As a result of this drive failure inevitability, Davies and Hard Drive Recovery Group continue to educate customers about hard drive maintenance and backup – the one true solution to ensure users never have to contact a professional for hard drive recovery.

“When it comes to your data, being prepared is always the absolute best way,” said Davies. “Backing up is easy to do, but making it part of your routine is where the difficulties arise.”

from Hard Drive Recovery Group

How Identity Thieves Gain From Data Loss

Data loss is dangerous. It’s even more dangerous if the data loss consists of some very personal information. More often than not, they do. Pieces of information like your email address, date of birth, physical address, Social Security Number, passwords, and even family photos are just a few of the pieces of information that make up your personal data.  When you lose your personal data, those pieces of information go with them. That could be very dangerous.

Your personal data is very valuable. They’re valuable to huge companies that rely on consumer behavior for profit. That’s pretty much all of the companies that exist right now. These huge companies rely on data brokers to get all the information they need for marketing purposes, to say the least.

If you’re familiar with data brokers, this won’t come as a shock. But if you’re not already aware, data brokering is a multi-billion dollar industry made up of companies who collect consumer data and sell it to other companies, usually for marketing purposes.

(Via: https://www.webfx.com/blog/general/what-are-data-brokers-and-what-is-your-data-worth-infographic)

With data brokering becoming a multi-billion-dollar industry, you probably can’t help but wonder how much your personal information is actually worth. Well, here goes.

As it turns out, consumer data is worth a lot of money. The average email address is worth $89 to a brand over time, so it makes sense that they are willing to pay for that kind of information. In 2012, the data brokering industry generated $150 billion in revenue – that’s twice the size of the entire intelligence budget of the United States government. Now, data brokering is a $200 billion industry, and it isn’t showing any signs of becoming any less profitable.

(Via: https://www.webfx.com/blog/general/what-are-data-brokers-and-what-is-your-data-worth-infographic)

It’s important to note that data brokers are able to gather pieces of information with the consent of the consumer. So, there’s no data loss since consumers share their data freely. Sure, the consumer can always refrain from sharing their personal data but that’s not usually the case. As it is, shared data is already fueling a multi-billion industry, what more lost or stolen data?

There are serious repercussions of losing personal information. One of which is identity theft. If you think identity theft isn’t real, well, it is. Identity thieves actually steal personal information. They either sell it or use it to commit a crime. It’s very easy for them to get away with a crime if they’re using somebody else’s identity.

Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on your credit cards, open new utility accounts, or get medical treatment on your health insurance. An identity thief can file a tax refund in your name and get your refund. In some extreme cases, a thief might even give your name to the police during an arrest.

(Via: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0271-warning-signs-identity-theft)

The best way to take care of your personal information is to avoid data loss. Yes, you can also avoid sharing them. There’s just too much personal information that can be retrieved from lost or shared data. Identity thieves can easily make use of a piece of information to know more about you. Admit it. These days, that’s not hard to do.

A thief could plug your name and address into a publicly searchable database to see what other pieces of information can be found. One website charges as little as a dollar for reports that include someone’s phone numbers, marriage and divorce records, education records, employment history, and more. These pieces of PII could potentially be used to open new financial accounts.

(Via: https://www.lifelock.com/learn-identity-theft-resources-can-your-identity-be-stolen-with-only-a-name-and-address.html)

Here’s a scary thought. Identity thieves don’t really have to rely on data loss. They’re very crafty people that they can easily steal personal information. Any kind of lost or shared data just makes it a lot easier for them. It is a fact that they gain a lot from data loss.

So, what can you possibly do to protect yourself from data loss? It’s easier said than but you have to recover your data as soon as possible. For a fast and safe data recovery, you can check out https://www.harddriverecovery.org/data-recovery-services.html.

If you’re able to recover your data right away, you’ll know what kind of information was lost. From there, you can take various steps to protect yourself from identity theft.

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Can You Really Prevent Data Loss?

It’s a typical day. You’re typing away to get work done. Things are going smoothly because you have all the data that you need in your computer. It’s just a matter of putting everything together to get the work done. Then suddenly, you notice you’re missing some data. You’re getting worried. Nonetheless, you’re hoping that everything is okay but it’s not. You’re definitely missing some very important data. How could something like this happen to you? Well, truth be told, data loss is very real. It happens to everybody. That includes you.

While data loss affects everyone who uses a computer, it is especially problematic for those who use word processing software. Losing the important documents that you’ve spent so much time creating is frustrating — especially if you’re like most users, who create documents directly on the computer and don’t have the benefit of a handwritten copy. Questions and tales of woe about recovering lost files abound in online forums and bombard technical support departments.

(Via: https://www.lifewire.com/ways-to-prevent-data-loss-3540224)

So, how can you actually prevent data loss from happening. The answer is, you can’t. Data loss is inevitable. That’s a fact. You’re bound to lose some data at some point. However, you could recover your lost data from your backup.

Everyone loses data at some point in their lives. Your computer’s hard drive could fail tomorrow, ransomware could hold your files hostage, or a software bug could delete your important files. If you’re not regularly backing up your computer, you could lose those files forever.

(Via: https://www.howtogeek.com/242428/whats-the-best-way-to-back-up-my-computer)

The question is, do you back up your files regularly? If you don’t, well, you’re not the only one. Backing up data is such a tedious thing that most people tend to overlook it. That’s pretty much the reason why there’s a big percentage of people who fail to back up their data.

Digital strategy and research consultant Ismail Jadun created World Backup Day(March 31st) to increase awareness for businesses and individuals who may not realize how important it is to regularly backup their data. According to Jadun, World Backup Day began when someone on Reddit lost their hard drive and wished someone had reminded them to back up.

This individual isn’t alone: 30 percent of people have never backed up their devices once, and more than half say they know someone or have themselves lost precious files.

(Via: https://www.upwork.com/blog/2018/03/data-backups-best-practices)

It’s very hard to recover data if they’re not backed up. To prevent data loss, you really have to back up files. Either you spend time doing it manually or automatically, it’s really up to you. These days, there are so many ways to back up files.

First and foremost, back up your data locally. Have a hard drive on your network that you regularly copy everything over to. That way if your remote backup has a problem—a server crashes, a cloud business goes bankrupt, etc.—you’re still covered.

Remotely. Copy all that data somewhere far away from you and do it regularly. That way if your local copy has a problem—fire, flood, drive corruption, you’re still covered.

(Via: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/video-top-5-ways-to-back-up-your-data)

Backing up data locally and remotely are the two most popular ways to do it, at least, to prevent data loss. Both can equally do the job well. Of course, backing up locally can take more time than backing up remotely. Remote backup services are usually automatic. It really depends on what suits you. But when it comes to data recovery, it may take some time to get data back from a remote backup service.

When you lose data, you want to get it back right away, right? You don’t want to have to wait for hours or even days to get them back. So, what are your options? The good news is that you do have some good options when it comes to data recovery.

One good option is to avail of the services of hard drive recovery service provider. Of course, you don’t just choose a service provider randomly. After all, you are trying to recover some critical data, right? Check out the experienced data recovery technicians at https://www.harddriverecovery.org/data-recovery-services.html. These guys are backed up with, at least, 20 years of hard drive recovery experience. They’re exactly what you need when you’re in a desperate position to recover some very important data.

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Data Recovery Cost: Is It Worth It?

Data recovery cost varies. In some cases, it can cost a lot. Not all data recovery issues are the same. For example, the cost of recovering data from a hard drive wouldn’t be the same as the cost of recovering data from another storage device. That said, it’s not that easy to put a flat rate on any kind of data recovery cost.

The first thing to note is that hard drive data recovery prices are variable. It is typically not one price to do every HDD recovery because as is often the case, the first answer is really ‘it depends…’!

(Via: https://www.thetechmentor.com/posts/how-much-for-hard-drive-recovery-the-costs)

Data recovery could also get quite costly, especially if it’s not done by professional technicians. Luckily, these days, there are reliable hard drive recovery experts who can get the job done well.

There are still ‘sharks’ who charge much more than what it costs them to recover your data, but in most cases the more damaged your hard drive and therefore the more difficult and time consuming the data recovery, the higher the cost. Good professionals have pushed most of those sharks out of the industry in recent years.

(Via: https://www.thetechmentor.com/posts/how-much-for-hard-drive-recovery-the-costs)

The first thing a reliable hard drive recovery service provider should do is to diagnose the hard drive.  Before anything else, there would have to be a proper diagnosis.

A reputable business will offer to assess your drive first to determine what kind of damage it has sustained. Once they have performed an initial analysis, they can discuss with you not only the cost, but also the likelihood of success. Remember that partial recovery may be possible and worthwhile.

(Via: https://www.thetechmentor.com/posts/how-much-for-hard-drive-recovery-the-costs)

There is a cost to data recovery. Even if it’s a DIY data recovery, there would be a time element to get it done. Time is cost. So there really is no free option to data recovery. It really costs to lose data and it costs even more to recover them. Data recovery cost is the sad repercussion of data loss.

One thing is definite though, the cost of not getting back data is lot higher than the cost of data recovery. Lost data can cost a business to close down.

According to an industry study by The Diffusion Group, who surveyed small business organisations, 60 percent of companies that lose their data close down within six months of the disaster and a staggering 72 percent of businesses that suffer major data loss disappear within 24 months.

The results of a similar study carried out by the British Chambers pf Commerce found that 93 percent of businesses that suffer data loss for more than 10 days file for bankruptcy within one year, 50 percent immediately.

(Via: https://www.workspace.co.uk/community/homework/technology/opinion-what-is-the-true-cost-of-lost-data-to-bus#OxTmwdweQSz3IdTs.99)

It’s pretty obvious that the cost of losing a business is a lot higher than data recovery cost. That’s just one aspect of the high cost of not getting back lost data. An even more scary thought that comes with lost data is security. Lost data can lead to security disasters such as identity theft. The cost of identity theft is unsurmountable.

Identity theft doesn’t just impact victims financially; it also often takes a significant emotional toll. A survey from the Identity Theft Research Center found that 69 percent felt fear for their personal financial security, and 65 percent felt rage or anger. And, almost 40 percent reported some sleep disruption. These feelings increased over time when victims were unable to settle the issue on their own, according to the report, which can result in problem as work or school, and add stress to relationships with friends and family.

(Via: https://www.csid.com/2016/09/real-cost-identity-theft)

Obviously, the cost of unrecovered data is a lot more. That just makes data recovery cost worth it. Choosing reliable data recovery experts to get the work done is critical. For the data recovery cost to be really worth it, only professional services, like https://www.harddriverecovery.org/data-recovery-services.html, should be considered. You can check out their recovery pricing at https://www.harddriverecovery.org/pricing.html.

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Remote Data Recovery: Is It Right For You?

There are various options for data recovery. You can recover data from your backups. That is, if you have any. If you do, you better hope they’re updated. If they’re not, then they’re just going to be pretty useless.

Another data recovery option is for you to tap the expertise of lab-based data recovery technicians. You can send them your media/hard drive so that they can diagnose it in a clean room, which is a sterilized. temperature-controlled work area.

A work area in which the air quality, temperature and humidity are highly regulated in order to protect sensitive equipment from contamination. Clean rooms are important features in the production of silicon chips, hard disk drives and other technologies such as satellites. The air in a clean room is repeatedly filtered to remove dust particles and other impurities that can damage the production of highly sensitive technologies.

(Via: https://www.webopedia.com/TERM/C/clean_room.html)

Another option for data recovery is to avail of the various software programs available out in the market. There are some data recovery tools that can help get back lost or deleted files.

It’s important to install a data recovery tool now, before you’ve lost any files; installing one after the event risks overwriting the data you’ve lost.

(Via: https://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-data-recovery-software)

Immediate installation of a data recovery tool gives you an edge to get back your data. However, there’s still no guarantee that you can get all your data back.  Just like any kind of software program, a data recovery tool will take up some space in your computer. When it does, it might overwrite some data that have already been lost or deleted. Nonetheless, it is an option to consider.

The list of options doesn’t end there. There is one data recovery option that’s not as popular as the others. It’s called remote data recovery.

Remote data recovery is performed through a modem or Internet connection by engineers using technology to achieve the same results as if the hard drive had been sent to a lab, yet in a more convenient manner for the customer. Assuming the hard drive is still functioning, remote recovery can be achieved for a single file or for huge volumes of data.

(Via: https://www.computerworld.com/article/2555467/disaster-recovery/the-facts-about-remote-data-recovery.html)

Remote data recovery seems like a very convenient way to get back your files. You don’t have to send your media/hard drive to a lab. Still, you get to experience the professional services of data recovery engineers.

Depending on the scenario, remote recovery offers the same advantages as in-lab service, with the added benefit of faster recovery times — often as short as one hour. The initial goal is to either make the original volume mountable — meaning that the operating system can read and write data to that drive — or restore the data to its previous location. If this isn’t possible, the engineer copies the data to a different location on the customer’s system. With no need to dismantle and ship the drive or hardware for service, many concerns about a traditional recovery are eliminated. Security isn’t an issue, since each recovery is performed through a connection secured with proprietary communication protocols and encrypted packets.

(Via: https://www.computerworld.com/article/2555467/disaster-recovery/the-facts-about-remote-data-recovery.html)

Out of all the data recovery options. would you opt to do it remotely? That’s probably something you’d have to think about first. Even if a remote data recovery service offers a quick turnaround, you would have to consider the stability of your internet connection. Can the bandwidth of your internet handle the remote data recovery process? If your internet connection is slow and unreliable, then chances are, it can’t.

It’s also important to note that a remote data recovery method is applicable only to certain scenarios. If you’re in a quandary as to whether you should resort to this kind of data recovery procedure, seek help from the experts at https://www.harddriverecovery.org/hard-drive-recovery.html. Their professional data recovery technicians can help you decide if a remote data recovery is right for you.

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Deleted Files: Where Do They Go?

No one knows where broken hearts go. But do you know where deleted files go? Sure, your deleted files go to the recycle bin. Once you right click on a file and choose delete, it ends up there. However, that doesn’t mean the file is deleted because it’s not. It’s simply in a different folder location, one that’s labeled recycle bin. From there, you can easily restore the file anytime you want to.

Emptying out the recycle bin doesn’t necessarily mean that your files are permanently deleted. It might seem like it but that’s not exactly the case.

When a computer deletes a file or the Recycle Bin is emptied, it is removing the reference to the file on the hard drive. Once the file header, or reference, is removed, the computer can no longer see the file. The space the file took up is no longer reserved for that file, and any new file can be stored in that location.
What does this mean? The file is no longer readable by the computer. However, the file is still on the hard drive, at least until another file or part of another file is saved to the same location.

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The files deleted from the recycle bin are still in the computer. Although they can’t easily be accessed, they’re not actually removed or deleted. That’s really something to think about. That is, if you really want to delete a file. After all, not everything in your computer is worth keeping. Some files are probably just junk or maybe just bad memories that you want to forget. Even worse, some files are probably deep, dark secrets that you don’t want anyone to know about.

The point is, some files are probably not bringing you joy anymore. According to “KonMari,” the popular method of tidying up, if something does not give you joy, get rid of it. Just in case you’ve been living in a cave and you haven’t heard of the “KonMari” method, here’s what it tells you to do.

It asks you to choose what to keep, not what to throw away. Holding each item you possess in your hands, ask yourself if it “sparks joy.” Yes? Keep it. No? Discard it.

(Via: https://www.thespruce.com/the-konmari-method-4138610)

The same method could easily be applied if you want to tidy up your computer. The thing is, it takes some time to really get rid of a file. Even after you’ve deleted it, it’s still there. The hard drive of your computer stores it until another file overwrites it.

The storage space that was once the file you deleted is seen by the operating system as free space that can be used for storing new files. If the free space that was once a file happens to be used by the operating system to store new data, the content of the original deleted file is overwritten. In that case, there is little chance to recover the deleted file.

(Via: https://www.digitalcitizen.life/simple-questions-what-happens-deleted-files-why-can-they-be-recovered)

It takes some time to really get rid of deleted files. That could be good or bad for you, depending on the situation. If you need to recover a file, then it’s good for you. However, it might be bad for you if you want to sell or simply get rid of your computer.

If files you’ve deleted could still be unearthed by experts that means anyone who steals your computer or buys it legitimately could potentially restore the files you thought you had deleted. That could lead to some costly incidents. To protect yourself, remove the hard drive from any computer you’re planning to sell. That’s the only way to ensure that no one can find and restore data that you have tried to delete.

(Via: http://www.geekrescue.com/blog/2014/03/04/are-deleted-files-really-gone-forever)

All the bits and pieces of data are in the hard drive. Whether they’re deleted or not, they are all stored in the hard drive. In case of data loss, the hard drive is the key to salvation. Unfortunately, hard drive recovery is not that easy. It’s better to leave it to the experts at https://www.harddriverecovery.org/, who can provide professional https://www.harddriverecovery.org/data-recovery-services.html.

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Hard Drives: Two Critical Things You Should Know About Them

Hard drives. How much do you know about them? Well, here’s a little trivia for you. Decades ago, hard drive meant something else. For regular folks like you and me, hard drive was definitely not defined as an object. Back in the days, hard drive was far from being an object. In this day and age, it’s a lot different. Hard drive now refers to the hardware device found inside a computer. Hard drive or hard disk drive is where all the data are stored.

In many respects, the hard drive is your computer. It’s where all the data in your computer is stored for the long term — not just the things you save, but all the code required for your operating system, the framework browsers use to connect to the internet, drivers for your accessories, and everything else. When people talk about computer storage, they are talking about the hard drive.

(Via: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/what-is-a-hard-drive-your-guide-to-computer-storage)

A computer would definitely be useless without a hard drive. But that wasn’t the case in the early days. It’s quite interesting to know that data storage was a lot different in those days. As a matter of fact, hard drives didn’t even exist then.

In the very early days, computers didn’t have hard drives at all, so they needed different ways to store data so that it could be accessed when necessary. Those old timey ways included rolls of magnetic tape inscribed with data, and yes, punch cards that could be slotted in and read by the computer.

(Via: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/what-is-a-hard-drive-your-guide-to-computer-storage)

Thanks to Reynold Johnson, the hard drive was invented. The year was 1956 when Reynold Johnson developed the pioneering process of storing data in metal disk. This was a breakthrough because at that time, data were being stored in a magnetic tape or drum.

The first real hard drive was developed by Reynold B. Johnson at IBM, in 1956. Johnson’s team was working with better ways to store data on things like magnetic tape. They created ways to store information (in the form of bytes) on magnetic disks instead, which could be overwritten with new information as desired. This led to the development of an automated disk that could read itself in a manner similar to a record player — except much larger.

(Via: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/what-is-a-hard-drive-your-guide-to-computer-storage)

Those are just a few cool things to know about a hard drive. The evolution of which is really quite interesting. Aside from those cool and interesting things about a hard drive, there are crucial things that you should know about it as well. The first of which is this; hard drives don’t last forever. As much as you or anybody would want to make it last forever, they just don’t. Hard drives have a lifespan.

Traditional hard drives (also known as HDDs), which you’ll usually find in desktop computers and some cheaper laptops, will often fail sooner because they use moving parts. The average life of a hard drive depends on a lot of things, like the brand, type, size, and interface method, but you’re looking at about four years on average.

(Via: https://lifehacker.com/how-long-will-my-hard-drives-really-last-1700405627)

The most you could do is to prolong the lifespan of your hard drive through regular maintenance checks. That’s all. Still, the day will come when your hard drive will fail you. Sounds like the end of the world but it’s not. You see, the second critical thing to know about your hard drive is that the data stored in it can be recovered. There’s a good chance for you to get your data back as long as you don’t open your hard drive. The tips on https://www.harddriverecovery.org/hard-drive-recovery.html will come in very handy the day your hard drive fails.

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