Can You DIY Data Recovery?

Almost everyone right now owns a tech device or two or even more. Whether it is a smartphone, tablet or iPad, laptop, or computer, you store different types of data on these devices that can prove disastrous once they break down and you are no longer able to access them. It’s worse if you don’t have a backup in place because data recovery is your last resort in getting some, if not all, of your lost data back. These data can be anywhere from text files and documents to photos and videos that have different storage requirements.

But since you constantly use these devices in your day-to-day, it is inevitable for them to wear out and get corrupted or broken. Hence, you can never truly consider these devices for permanent data storage or at least save another copy in an external flash drive or hard drive for added security. There’s also the cloud that has made our lives even easier and more convenient these days. It is easier said than done, though, and we still go back to our old ways of storing almost all our data on one device because of convenience on our part. Once it gets broken and your data is gone, you’ll be full of regrets but it won’t still get you anywhere.

Modern laptops and desktops can hold a massive amount of information, including tens of thousands of pictures and millions of pages of text. Despite their storage capacities, these devices should not be used as a means to permanently store digital information because they’re prone to breakage and data corruption. Recovering data from one of these failed devices is difficult, and requires a high-level of expertise that’s not always accessible to the person that likes to fix things themselves.

Older laptops that were constructed with traditional hard drives were fairly simple to pop open and fix. You could unscrew a few screws holding the case together, and then plug into the drive via a universal SATA port to retrieve the data. Opening the actual drive itself is not without risk or advisable as dust could and will enter the drive causing contamination and it can always cause additional damaged during the process. 


When it comes to tech problems, the best decision is to always take the particular device to an expert for help because you may end up causing more damage than what was previously. You need to be knowledgeable and skilled in data recovery and have an in-depth knowledge of computers itself and its various parts and functions to ensure that you do nothing wrong to compromise your already unfortunate situation.

The question now is whether it is possible to DIY a data recovery procedure even if you are now well-versed in the field of computer yourself. Well, it depends on the device and just how well you know computers, or technology as a whole, yourself. You can use software tools to help you recover lost data but there is no 100% assurance that you can truly retrieve all files.

Consumers are often advised to not go the “DIY route” when it comes to working on their laptop or desktop computer or other devices such as digital cameras. They typically shouldn’t try to pop the back off the machine and extract the hard drive in an attempt to access missing or corrupt files. Laptops are built really thin and they’re nearly impossible to open, and in many cases the person attempting the recovery might damage the computer’s internal parts.

Despite these warnings, there are often ways to retrieve files from such devices without causing any harm by utilising a recovery software program. Many users conduct a quick “Googling” of “file recovery software” and then are faced with a range of choices, including many free utilities that promise fast and easy recovery. Unfortunately, these programs are more likely to infect the user’s devices with malware than they are to actually recover any content. And these programs are usually only offered in English, which leaves out billions of other potential users.


Remember that even the experts view data recovery as a last resort. If you are doubtful yourself of your own capabilities, better not risk losing your data for good and just consult a data recovery specialist for assistance. It may cost you some money but you can still earn it. The data you lose will be gone for good, in your inexperienced hands.

Data recovery not only requires expertise but also the use of the right tools and a clean environment where data recovery should take place. For sure you don’t have one at home and it can make a world of difference to your end results. Spare yourself all the hassles and entrust your data issues to an expert before you can cause more lasting damage.

These are just some of the data recovery services you can try and that can be used even on devices with much bigger storage capacity such as servers and not just your average smartphones and computers.

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The Myth, The Legend: Trump – Conspiracy Theories, Anyone?

You may think that conspiracy theories only happen in the movies, right? Well, most of the time it does but who says it can’t happen in real life too. You’d be surprised how more colorful and exciting true-to-life stories are than those works of fiction. Let’s just take for instance the last US election wherein the citizens of this land elected Donald Trump to the highest position in the country, the President of the United States of America. For someone who hasn’t served in public office at all, this is an astonishing feat and suffice it to say that his candidacy is also just as filled with fanfare and so many scandals.

The resurfacing of the issue on missing servers among others has been brought up recently. This is most likely related to the hacking of Russian Intelligence officers on the very same missing DNC servers on that fateful election that is arguably one of the most intense this nation has ever witnessed. It has segregated people into political parties: whether you are a Democrat or a Republican supporter. What’s concerning in this whole picture is the fact that sensitive channels like these apparently can be broken and hacked is really alarming. It may be just another campaign strategy for some but this is a big concern especially that we practically rely on the web and on the many tech contrivances we own on a lot of things.


“Where is the server, I wanna know, where is the server? And what is the server saying?” Trump asked Monday during a joint news conference in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We have groups wondering why the FBI never took the server, why haven’t they taken the server?” Trump added. “Why was the FBI told to leave the office of the Democratic National Committee? I’ve been wondering that.”


It is disconcerting to find out that scandals like this can happen to the government and on popular people, meaning it can happen to everyone else. Any computer hardware can be hacked and your data can be stolen and used by others without you knowing. Imagine how many of your sensitive data is at risk if you don’t do something about it. Even backing up your data won’t be sufficient because data can be stolen and used in a variety of ways without your consent. Installing firewalls or antivirus won’t stand a chance against persistent bugs. Even President Donald Trump claims to have no knowledge about these servers yet perhaps the damage has said and done.

The DNC server

On July 13, the Justice Department charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Hillary Clinton campaign staffers.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment confirms previous findings from the U.S. intelligence community. In April 2016, Russian intelligence officials installed spying software on the computer network of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which works to elect members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The hack in turn allowed them access to 33 Democratic National Committee computers. The emails obtained through the hack were pushed out on social media beginning in June 2016, and Wikileaks soon joined that effort.

At some point, the FBI and DNC started working together to fight the hack and investigate how it happened, but DNC was slow to react to the FBI’s initial warning that their server had been compromised.


If a country as rich and powerful as the US faces these problems, other poorer and most likely less industrialized countries face problems like this one on their day-to-day. How can you feel safe anymore if all your pertinent details on the web are only one click away by a hacker or a cybercriminal? The least you can do is to safeguard your own device and ensure all private information can only be accessed by you all the time. If you aren’t careful enough, you won’t only end up with lost data but with a broken device too. Once broken, getting your hard drive fixed, for instance, can cost a fortune. You’ll have to look for contractors that charge reasonably but have the facility and expertise needed to do the job right like and because there are plenty of scammers littered across the web who are only out for your money.

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Ransomware Attacks Everywhere

Modern life afforded us with so many conveniences and luxuries. Things we have only dreamed about in the past are now realities we continue to enjoy at the present. Who would’ve thought we can do so much with a device that fits the palm of our hands? It sounds absurd right if you told it to your own self, say, 15-20 years ago. Yet, that is the reality we are living in now. We live differently from way back then but we somehow thrive off this new and much more virtual lifestyle except for at times sacrificing our health because of too much exposure to technological gadgets that emit harmful blue light and all. Unfortunately, this new lifestyle has opened us up to a new vulnerability and it continues to threaten us until today.

Ransomware was the talk of the town last year. These apps took the world by storm and left in their wake hundreds of thousands of losses and even crippled organizations for days on end. This type of malware is not new to us but it keeps on evolving with the passage of time. It becomes more damaging too as it spreads quickly and takes on different forms. How many people have been scammed already and the list is expected to grow with new versions of ransomware malwares coming out.

Paying the ransom does not even offer any assurance. Messages you may get from these criminals may actually appear to be coming from government agencies like the FBI in an attempt to intimidate you, but don’t be mistaken:

Ransomware scams may attack a computer near you soon, the FBI warned Monday.

The computer software is malicious. It secretly installs itself and encrypts files only to hold the data hostage in return for payment of a ransom.

Home and business, banking, academic and government computers can be impacted.

In recent cases, victims have paid anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Usually the computer screen freezes and a pop up message warns that the user has violated some federal law and the computer will remain locked until money is paid, the FBI warned.


These malwares no longer ask for just ransom anymore because some can be used in cryptocurrency mining like bitcoin and other alternative currencies. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to protect your device from these shady practices on the web if you are well-informed about these issues at all. Hence, it makes sense to back up your data if you want to spare yourself from all the hassles of data loss and paying a hefty price for it. If you find yourself in this difficult situation, these services may help and for reasonable prices but ensure the job is done 100% right.

An ever-evolving form of malware has added a new tactic which sees it choose to deliver ransomware or a cryptojacker depending on the circumstances of the infected victim.

If an infected computer contains a bitcoin wallet, the malware will install file-encrypting ransomware — if there’s no pre-existing cryptocurrency folder and the computer is capable of mining cryptocurrency, a miner will be downloaded and installed for the purposes of exploiting the PC’s power to generate cryptocurrency.


Ransomware these days aren’t always just out for a ransom. There are bugs that can now hack your system and take advantage of its computing power in order to mine for cryptocurrencies. It’s already a known fact especially when these vicious virtual bugs don’t find any type of Bitcoin wallet in your system. An example of this malware is that of the Rakhni Trojan that has been causing problems since 2013. It is even more understandable now as the popularity of bitcoins and other digital currencies have skyrocketed and continues to gain public acceptance and support. Be especially wary of phishing emails because this is the most common trap that the public falls for. It is why anyone who uses or owns a computer must exercise extreme caution because threats are all over the web and don’t tell that you haven’t been warned when the unfortunate times comes you fall for it.

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Data Recovery Is Never Easy

It is so amazing how one device can hold so much data all at the same time and still enable you to do more without compromising speed, performance, and efficiency. Modern computers are indeed lifesavers since they allow us to multitask and take advantage of every opportunity out there so we don’t get left behind by the competition. Over the past few years, individuals, businesses, and organizations alike have all made a concerted effort in centralizing everything to ensure that all important files can be accessed in a click of a button whenever the need for it arises.

Unfortunately, things aren’t always smooth sailing. As much as we love technology, it has flaws that aren’t just costly but can give you headaches for days, too. This is an entirely new territory for many of us. Only a few have advanced technical knowledge who are well-versed on the digital lingo and has an extensive understanding of the ins and out of most modern contrivances as well as the World Wide Web. The majority of us are innocent consumers who know so little that we end up just believing whatever we read or hear about. If you aren’t careful enough, you may find yourself worrying about getting a broken device fixed and lost data recovered.

Modern laptops can hold an amazing amount of data, including hundreds of thousands of files, hours of video, and thousands of photos. Given their storage capacity, it’s no surprise that millions of users treat their laptops as long-term storage devices. They see the machine’s still have an ample amount of free space, so they pack them full of work files and personal data. Even though the laptop is built with ample storage, it certainly is not built as an ideal storage container.

One spilled cup of Earl Grey, a drop down a flight of stairs, or even static electricity can all damage a laptop and the trove of data it contains. These machines are prone to damage and aren’t built to withstand drops or spills. Once they’re damaged, the data within is also often inaccessible, which poses a particular problem for those who store their entire digital lives on one machine.


As much as possible, it is better to back up data than have it recovered. For starters, there is no assurance that lost data can still be recovered. Add to that the fact that data recovery services are usually expensive. You have the option of submitting your device for data recovery service but learn to manage your expectations because some data are just lost forever. So before that happens, take advantage of technology as well to protect your most important files from oblivion. Back up your data on flash drives or external hard drives or other forms of data storage devices as well as the cloud. It may be time-consuming having to transfer files on a regular basis but it can save you a lot of trouble once the time comes that your device starts to fail or in case an online bug like malwares or ransomware infect your device and starts corrupting it.

What if all these attempts fail? Even in that case, your precious data may still be safe (unless the primary cause of your startup troubles is a damaged hard drive). Of course, in an ideal world, you won’t need to retrieve that data, because you’ve already backed up all your files. However, if you don’t have available backups, then you’ll want to pull your data from your hard drive.

On the simplest level, you can remove the drive from your laptop or desktop and access it from another computer. For example, you could set it up as an external drive, but to do that, you’ll need an enclosure like the models from Inateck ($9 on Amazon) or Sabrent ($9 on Amazon). Just make sure to purchase an enclosure that matches the hard drive you’re extracting from your old machine.

Once you have an enclosure, you’ll need to power down your computer, remove the side or bottom panel, and disconnect the drive from its enclosure and cables. You’ll want to follow an online guide, which you can find by searching for your computer’s make and model along with the phrase “remove hard drive. If you’re not exactly comfortable working on hardware, we recommend that you leave this task to a professional repair shop.


You don’t always need to panic whenever you encounter a problem with your computer. They may be bothersome and cause significant delays in your work and life but there are measures to address them. Not all the time the device can be salvaged and that is a major problem already but don’t let your precious data go down the drain too. Both hardware and software issues can pose a big threat to all the files stored in your device. If you want to spare yourself from all the difficulties of data loss, one of the first things you need to find out is the pricing because you have got to prepare your wallet first, right? Check out: and, which will give you an idea about data recovery pricing that is very reasonable.

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The Future With Robots and Smartphones

You can no longer ignore the direction the planet is taking. Everything has gone technical, digital, and virtual if you know what I mean. Wherever you look, there is some sort of tech advancement that runs the place and ensures everything is in order. Even in our homes, it is also now filled with various tech contrivances that promise to enhance efficiency and make our lives easier and more comfortable.

This has its limitations, though, given that modern tech gadgets cost a lot and not everyone can afford them. But still, the demand continues to grow as other businesses come up with cheaper variants that the masses can afford using the existing technology that is taking the world by storm right now. While some argue that the existence of smartphones has rendered other technologies obsolete, it actually is the exact opposite.

Smartphones will continue to be a staple many can’t live without and demand for parts and other similar technologies are just as popular too. It is a domino effect that isn’t entirely bad for the automation market where other tech gadgets like robots will also benefit from as the public becomes increasingly dependent on these pieces of machinery in doing just about every task they have in their day-to-day. Can you remember the last time you didn’t use any piece of technology and survived a day without it? It’s likely a long time ago, right? For the past years, smartphones have become increasingly popular and the rise of the web and of social media made people even more interested in owning a smart device because it is our ticket to the world.

The smartphone hasn’t killed machinery makers after all. Apple Inc. has yet to release a new version of its iPhone, but the trough in demand looks to be ending anyway. The business cycle lives.

Exhibit one: Fanuc. The Japanese automation giant gave a rosier outlook than three months ago, raising its estimates for full-year operating and net income by more than 5 percent. Costs are expected to be down 2 percent. The company, which is typically conservative in its forecasts, predicted a more than 15 percent gain in net income for the first half through September.

That’s a turnaround from a severely downbeat outlook in April. Then, Fanuc said operating profit would fall 34 percent for the year versus consensus estimates of 9 percent growth. Investors took it to mean the smartphone boom was over. Fanuc’s stock plunged as much as 14 percent the next day.


Despite if any problems with the economy or trade concerns, it is impossible to picture out the world without robots and smartphones in it anymore. Not only does it satiate our desire to enjoy the many wonderful things the world has to offer, it is also a practical choice since a lot of opportunities can be found on the web. People have now taken their business online because that is where everybody is. Can you imagine all the machines powering countless servers that make the World Wide Web go round? Or the innumerable devices that people personally own or use in their schools and offices? These technologies are undoubtedly our present and future and there is no changing that anymore.

Investors have been dumping shares of Japan’s industrial automation leaders, fearing a sustained slump. The reality is that a more nuanced picture is emerging, as fiscal first-quarter earnings may show starting this week: Demand for smartphones, robots, construction machinery and farm equipment isn’t in sync, causing customers’ capital-expenditure cycles to diverge.

Key to the current pall is an imminent retreat in smartphone demand, a key driver of sales for machinery makers. Shares of Fanuc Corp., the biggest supplier to the companies that make and assemble handsets, have dropped almost 40 percent from their January peak.  Japan’s orders from the precision equipment industry in China, the category that includes smartphone makers, plummeted by more than 60 percent in May. 

Suppliers to Apple Inc. buy Fanuc’s machines to produce iPhone casings. So when the Japanese company provided depressing guidance last quarter, the stock tumbled along with those of peers. Fanuc reports Wednesday.


While it is expected that some industries go up and down because of trade concerns and demand going down, the thing is that it will likely recover and keep up with the changes because technology is no longer just a luxury but a necessity in our daily lives. There may be slumps now and then but they do not usually last and recovers after a few months or so. Of course, unlike other commodities, people do not change cellphones after a few months of use although there are people who are like that because they can afford it. The majority do not necessarily follow smartphone trends and make use of their devices for several years before actually changing to a newer model.

It is not only smartphones that require technical parts but computers too especially in the unfortunate situation wherein your device gets broken and you’ll need one fixed or replaced. These mistakes can lead to hard drive failure and the need for data recovery services like that can hopefully revive your device or at least salvage whatever data they can.

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AI Is The Future

Technology is all around us today that we can only wonder just how far we can take it further in the coming years. A few years back, smartphones were still a luxury and only the elite can afford it but today, the masses have their own smartphones that allow them to access the web whenever and wherever. This has been made possible when cheaper and more mass-produced handsets are marketed and sold to reach a wider demographic. Hence, even ordinary individuals own a smart gadget that offers more or less the same features as popular brands like Apple and Samsung but only at a fraction of the price.

The technology that we know today continues to move forward and traverse uncharted territories. Let’s take artificial intelligence for example. We are already quite familiar with the concept of artificial intelligence (AI) per se even if the details are still a little vague to most people. It is even available in some technologies we are using. Think of Alexa and Siri and the likes. However, AI may eventually go mainstream with news about Google adding their AI chips to computers within the year. Imagine how many people can now use artificial intelligence technology from the comforts of their own homes, schools, and offices.

Google, one of the top companies in the hot area of artificial intelligence, will begin letting customers directly use its custom processors for the technology starting in October.

Google’s TPUs, or tensor processing units, accelerate AI tasks like understanding voice commands or recognizing objects in photos. Today, Google will let you pay to do that kind of work on its cloud-computing infrastructure. But through a program called Edge TPU announced Wednesday, Google will let programmers install the TPUs in their own machines.

“There are also many benefits to be gained from intelligent, real-time decision-making at the point where these devices connect to the network,” without having to wait for a trip over the network to Google’s machines, Injong Rhee, vice president of Google Cloud’s internet of things work, said in a blog post. “Your sensors become more than data collectors — they make local, real-time, intelligent decisions.”


Machine or deep learning is still in its infancy and there are still a lot of questions left unanswered but making a part of the technology readily available to the public may hasten progress and even give answers to some of the questions raised in the past regarding this highly advanced technology. Soon enough, we may even come across announcements informing us that AI will hit the smartphone industry too full-blown this time. That will likely happen sooner rather than later at the rate these advancements are progressing and being developed right now. Competition is also instrumental here since companies want to beat each other so they double their efforts.

“We see there are emerging needs for edge computing, which is essentially running data analytics and intelligence services in locations where data is collected or what we call at the edge,” he said. “This is important as sometimes moving all data to the cloud from sensors can be very expensive.”

The setup is also underpinned by the Cloud IoT Edge software stack. This can run on Android Things or Linux-based devices and equips them with the capabilities they need to carry out machine learning-related data processing tasks.

Rhee said the setup has already been adopted by the IT services arm of electronics giant LG, which is using it to cut the amount of manpower needed in its product testing procedures and predict it could help the organisation save the organisation around $1m a year per product line.


Change is the only constant thing in the planet, so we can expect for more changes to take place right before our very eyes. The Internet of Things is rapidly spreading in different parts of the globe and more and more home and office appliances and gadgets readily connect to the web making this transition even easier and more convenient for the majority. AI and edge computing may be the future but it is already a part of our present. Experts are hoping that the use of AI can reduce problems like failing hard drives which are major headaches to computer users these days. A failing hardware array eventually leads to costly data recovery services but and can definitely help you with your server issues.

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Failing Hard Drive

Computers are a delight to many. They allow us to do a lot of things at the same time without even leaving our seats. Can you imagine living life without them? It has been decades since computers were still a rarity. Back then, things were still done manually and it had its pros and cons. Things were probably simpler. You don’t need to learn a lot of things at once but it took more time and effort in finishing up tasks. But with the advent of modern computing, things that will take ages to do and finish can now be done in a snap and the best thing about all these technological advancements is that we can now connect to the world at large with just a click of a button.

Things can be done in real time and it has opened up opportunities that never existed back then. You can even work from the comfort of your own homes and still earn more than the average worker out there. As wonderful as it may seem, technology has a major drawback and it has bane of our existence for the longest time too. Hardwares don’t last forever. They work smoothly and efficiently when the device is still new but wear and tear can result in problems like a failing hard drive that can cost you so much money and a lot of headaches too.

You know the feeling: Your once-snappy Windows laptop now takes ages to do simple things such as opening folders and saving files, leaving you wondering what’s going on.

What can you do?

There are many reasons a laptop may suddenly slow down, including lack of memory and the presence of computer viruses, or malware. So there’s no single answer to that question. 

“If the memory or storage space is taxed, it can result in a slowdown in performance,” says Antonette Asedillo, who oversees computer testing for Consumer Reports. There’s also a new type of malware that hijacks your computer to generate cryptocurrency without your knowledge or consent. 


Not only are failing hard drives a big pain but it can also affect your work especially when you have a regular work schedule to follow or deadlines to meet. You won’t be able to fully use your device if its hard drive is already failing. It takes a long time for programs to open and you may experience files disappearing all of a sudden. It can stress you out especially if you haven’t backed up your data yet. Add to that the pressure of you needing to submit it but it suddenly disappears on you. The only silver lining here is that your hard drive does not go bad all of a sudden. There are warning signs to be wary of, so better familiarize yourself as to what they are to help you act on the problem before your hard drive completely falters.

Strange Sounds

When you hear strange noises coming from your hard drive, it may be too late already. A repetitive sound also known as the click of death is caused by the head as it is trying to write data and recovers from errors in doing so. Grinding or screeching noises indicate that parts of the hardware, for example the bearings or spindle motor, are failing.

S.M.A.R.T. Data

There are tools that aim to predict hard drive failure by reading the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) data that is recorded by the operating system. Unfortunately, like most other methods listed above, S.M.A.R.T. is notoriously unreliable in predicting hard drive failure and the catastrophe will often happen before the warning of S.M.A.R.T. kicks in. If you have a working hard drive, however, and would like to have a look at its S.M.A.R.T. data, check out our article on tools to predict and prevent hard drive failure.


Knowing that your hard drive is quite fragile will teach you to become more careful in handling it and ensuring it is taken cared of and not abused all the time. These tech parts have a specific shelf life but they can lengthen or shorten depending on how it is used. If you want to make the most of your device and the money you paid for it, learn what the common failing hard drive problems are such as and, so you can act on them as soon as you notice it happening to your device. Your computer can only take so much, so help it do its job so your life is still as comfortable and efficient with its help. It is inevitable for it to break over time but with proper use, some computers can last far longer than that of average users.

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Computers Make The World Go Round

The world has been overtaken by technology. It is apparent in everything you see around us. People are glued to their smart devices and computers that is has become second-nature for us humans now to check in on it now and then day in and day out. Even young ones are at ease in using smart devices and computers, especially that most homes and both public and private establishments now have Internet access. Most people are pretty comfortable navigating the web too. The lure of social media platforms and other online websites is hard to resist and everyone goes online these days almost every day now for just about all types of reasons you can think of.

While considered a bit bulky to be carried around, computers still reign supreme because they have essentially served as the backbone of modern society for quite some time now enabling for major and quick changes that we are now enjoying today and most likely many more will come in the near and far future as we now live in the digital age. Yet, no matter how familiar you are with computers, there are still many things that you really do not know about it. The World Wide Web can be highly informative and useful but its deep dark secrets can make you feel at ease once you even have an idea about their existence.

Your computer or router looks innocent enough. But it could be taking part in international crime without your knowledge.

That’s if it is being used in a botnet, or a collection of computers that have had malicious software installed on them that allows someone to direct them as a group from afar. Security experts say that botnets are one of the many dangers that are posed to computers and their owners – and the opportunities to use them are growing all the time.

The problem of botnets was highlighted this week when multiple law enforcement agencies announced they had shut down the Andromeda botnet. That constellation of computers, spread all around the world, were being collectively controlled and put to work doing criminal tasks for their masters.


For instance, botnets are one of them. Some of you probably heard of it already while others remain clueless about what they are because it is a term you don’t easily encounter. Just what are botnets? It is just one of the many threats to one’s online security. It is common knowledge that the Internet is not exactly a safe place, to begin with. And botnet is one of those technologies that are used wrongly until today. You may be surprised that your very own device is also infected by botnets without you knowing. That’s how far advanced and discreet this nasty technology is and seeing how widely spread the Internet of Technology has become, virtually every one of us is in danger of botnets and the risks linger for who knows until when.

In the ever-growing realm of cybercrime, the botnet is another technology villain to give all computer users sleepless nights.

Defined as “a collection of internet-connected devices, including PCs, servers, mobile devices and Internet of Things (IoT) devices that are infected and controlled by malware”, these botnets will frequently infect an entire system while the owner or company remains completely unaware of their presence.

Botnet controllers are used by cyber-criminals to send out spam and ransomware, launch distributed denial-of-service attacks, commit e-banking fraud and attempt felony.

According to the Spamhaus Botnet Threat Report 2017, from the international non-profit organisation that tracks spam, phishing, and cyber-related threats, there are block listings for more than 9,500 botnet servers on 1,122 different networks.


You can really say that computers make the world go round and everything else connected to it. It won’t come as a surprise that web-enabled devices like your TV, radio, smartphone, home camera, and other appliances easily connect to the web. There are plenty of cybercriminals lurking on the web and that makes you and just about everyone else an easy victim. The only silver lining here perhaps is that you can actually track botnets and find out who operates them compared to other malwares like ransomware that are spreading like wildfire in this modern day and age. And it is just a wakeup call for us that whatever convenience we are now enjoying has a price to pay.

If you don’t attend to these matters right away, it may get worse and leave you with a broken device or your data stolen by criminals. The latter is disastrous given that they can steal money from your bank or even your own identity while the former will wipe out your bank balance for the meantime. If you don’t have an idea about these data recovery services, charges reasonable fees for the services they offer or you can explore these if you are quite handy with computers yourself.

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What Leads To Hard Drive Problems?

Your computer won’t always be brand new. You may have bought it shiny and sparkling new but it wears out the longer you use it. Even if you don’t use it that often every day, it still stores files and grow old every day the same way you do. And as such, it is inevitable that you face technical problems along the way. The problems are usually simple and easy to fix. A quick restart or shutdown of your device or a restart of the modem will usually do the job. However, some problems persist and can cause more headaches than you want it to be. It is even more infuriating if the problem lies on your hard drive because you can expect it to cost you more money than you’d like to spend on, actually.

Unfortunately, moving parts like hard drives will eventually fail on you because of the very fact that they move. Even newer ones like SSD’s (solid-state drives) fail although a bit longer than regular hard drives. These problems don’t come without notice, though. There are tell-tale signs to watch out for that gives away the possibility of it breaking down sooner rather than later. However, you need to be aware of them first before you can do something about preventing a hard drive failure that is looming on the horizon. Things like disappearing files, corrupted data, computer freezing, bad sectors, and unusual sounds emitted by your device are all warning signs that shouldn’t just be ignored easily because you’ll surely regret it soon enough.

Your hard drive hasn’t been acting the same lately. It’s starting to make clicking or screeching noises, it can’t seem to find your files, and it’s moving really slowly. It might be time to say farewell—but here’s what you should do before it goes to the big data center in the sky.

Every hard drive dies eventually, and when it’s near death, you’ll see the signs: strange noises, corrupted files, crashing during boot, and very slow transfer speeds all point to the inevitable end. This is normal, especially after your drive is more than a few years old. On older spinning drives, moving parts like the motor can degrade over time, or the drives’ magnetic sectors can go bad.

Newer solid-state drives (SSDs) don’t have moving parts, but their storage cells degrade a little bit every time you write to them, meaning they too will eventually fail (though SSD reliability is much better than it used to be).


Now that you already know the warning signs, it is about time you get the problem diagnosed, preferably, by an expert in the field. Your device must be checked from within to find out the root cause of the problem. You can’t just tell it from face value. Of course, it makes perfect sense to check your computer for a possible malware or virus infection before deciding right away that it is a hard drive malfunction. One of the best ways to do this is to check for the S.M.A.R.T. status of your computer as mentioned in the above post since it is really helpful in detecting potential hard drive failures.

There are several different types of drive failure. There’s the obvious one, where your drive stops working entirely. Perhaps your computer doesn’t even recognize it when it starts up and you see a message saying your PC has no hard drive, or perhaps your computer begins booting and just can’t get through the boot process.

There are also more subtle drive failures, where the drive appears to be working…but there are problems. Your PC may occasionally freeze, you may hear unusual sounds from the drive, you may experience data corruption, or your computer may detect bad sectors on the drive.

Any sort of clicking noise from a mechanical drive is a bad sign. This indicates the head, which reads and writes the data from the platters on the drive, has failed. It’s best to shut down the drive completely to avoid further damage and use a professional data recovery service if you need your data back. You won’t hear any strange noises from a solid-state drive, as they have no moving parts.


A SMART check is effective but it has its flaws. Of course, by now you have already tried troubleshooting for the problem but it is still there. If the problem is tearing you apart and prevents you from accomplishing important tasks, it is about time you turn it over to an expert for a third-party analysis and most likely it will stay there if a problem is detected for repair and possible replacement of malfunctioning parts. A failing hard drive can still be prevented, so make it a habit to do routine checks on your system to prevent costly repairs and replacements especially if the problem can still be prevented.

If you do encounter problems like these,, getting help from makes the most sense and a practical one too because of their reasonable charges for most hard drive recovery services they offer.

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How Big Data Changes The World

If you are a techno-phobic, now is definitely not the best time to be alive with technology being at the very core of our existence. You’ll be stressed just at the thought of having to keep up with all these digital changes taking place in front of your very eyes. You may be resistant for a while but it is truly your lost if you continue to resist and miss out on the benefits it offers that other people are now openly enjoying. It is even more important that you update yourself on these things if you are an entrepreneur because that is the only way for you to keep up with all the other businesses and survive. Technology has been the buzz for the past decade or so because it is both our present and future.

With the continued rise and popularity of the Internet of Things, there is no going back anymore. Big data is the hottest trend that is here to stay and you can expect more data to accumulate in no time since the IoT has made it possible for us to integrate technology to just about every aspect of our lives. But what are we supposed to do with all these data? That’s where infrastructures like Data Warehouses come in handy. We somehow need to make sense of all the data circulating both on and off the web. There are popular platforms that offer this service, so you can benefit the most from big data.

As the Internet of Things (IoT) starts invading the world around us, the stage is set for an ‘Analytics of Things’–a utopian world where big data analytics is not confined merely to solving business problems, but also upending the way business gets done.

Even before data started getting recognised as the ‘new oil’, enterprises outlined the need for a system that could handle the onset of ‘information explosion’. In 2006, Hadoop was born as an open source distributed storage and processing system spread across commodity hardware. The Hadoop framework led to the incubation of a large number of open source projects targeted at various aspects of data and analytics.


Data analytics is crucial in running and maintaining a business. You need to understand how people think and how to market your products properly to the right targets. However, what’s even more important is that you can save these data and have access to them whenever you need it. Data warehouses serve this purpose and allow entrepreneurs to make better and informed decisions in planning the direction the business will be taking. The market is big but data warehouses can capture the information you need and relevant to the success of your business, so make sure you do consider it early on.

One example of how big data tools can complement a data warehouse is an alarm company with Internet-connected sensors in homes across the country. There would be little value (and huge expense) in storing each sensor response in a SQL data warehouse, but that data could be retained in cheap storage in a data lake environment and then aggregated for use in the data warehouse. For instance, the company could define combinations of sensor device events that constitute a person locking up a home and departing. That aggregated event could be stored in the data warehouse in a fact table that records arrivals and departures.


Data warehouses are very specific, meaning it collects and stores data from specific targets enabling you to streamline the data you save and analyze. For increased efficiency and productivity, you can observe the following four tips, which are to come up with fact tables that summarize and filter IoT data, combine historical data with live data, make use of data science models that are readily available for your use, and establish a device monitoring data. To make your life easier, just hire professionals who can do the job for you and jumpstart your business in the right direction.

Technology can be scary at times but if you are well-guided and have an idea as to the path you are taking for your business, it becomes more bearable and the risks substantially lower. To ensure you can always have access to important data, your devices must always be in great shape. A broken device means a liability in your business and can lead to financial losses. Hard drives issues are some examples. When faced with a broken hard drive like and, let the experts help you before you cause more damage to the initial injury.

How Big Data Changes The World was initially published on The Hard Drive Recovery Group Blog