Recover Data From An External Hard Drive Like A Pro

external-drive-recoveryStorage technology has truly exploded over the last 10 years, and has virtually changed the world over the last thirty years. No generation has seen a greater change in the way they communicate, what with email, text and the mass acceptance of the cell phone. Computers are no longer huge machines that can take up an entire floor in a building. With the invention of smartphones, tablets and laptops, all your data is as portable as you are.

But with great advancement comes great responsibility. Many people have learned, the hard way, that you need to have copies of all of your important data in multiple places. If you have all your files in one place you’re going to be in big trouble if that device ever breaks down on you. Oh, and they do. So instead of just saving your files on your laptop or tablet you’d be smarter if you also backed up your files on an external hard drive or a USB stick.

Take caution, however, depending on your back up method. Nothing is foolproof and you want to make sure you save yourself some agony in the long run.

The purpose of backing up files is that you keep current copies of whatever you’re working on in more than one location. You save it on your laptops hard drive but you also back up your files to an external hard drive every other day or once a week, depending on how busy you are.

You should be safe; unless you’re putting unique files on your external hard drive that don’t exist anywhere else. As PC World notes:

When you store files on an external drive, it’s easy to forget my first rule of tech storage: Never have only one copy of anything. We tend to think of external drives—especially external hard drives—as a backup medium, so of course anything on the drive must be a backup.

But if files exist only on that external drive, they are not backed up. And you need to make sure they get backed up to something other than that particular drive—whether it’s an internal drive, the cloud, NAS, or another external drive.

Okay, the mistake has been made. Now let’s try to get those files back.

When you try to use the drive, does it make noises you’ve never heard before—clicking, for instance, or grinding? If so, make no attempts to recover the files yourself. Send the drive to a data recovery service.


If your device is not making any noises, the PC World article is going to teach you some easy troubleshooting tips to recover your hard drive to its former glory. Computer repair doesn’t have to be intimidating and it’s nice to know that there are some repairs even an average Joe or Jane can do on their own.

Now that you’ve learned these skills be sure to keep them handy. Remember to properly back up your data in the future as well. It’ll save you a lot of tears.


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Your Data Loss Prevention Starter Guide

Data loss is much more than just a failed RAID array.

Data loss is much more than just a failed RAID array.

One of the worst things that can happen to a startup would be for the entire company to experience how cruel technology can be, and how brutal it can be when RAID servers fail. As we evolve we find ourselves depending on technology more and more.

Heck, most people can’t remember a phone number anymore because we’re so used to selecting who we want to call from a list that lives on a device we carry in our pockets. There have been several news stories about leaks of information from large companies like Sony and Ashley Madison. Not only is it damaging to the reputation of a company just starting out, it’s a huge mess that no one really wants to deal with.

You’ve got to make sure that your company, no matter the size, is prepared for data loss. It’s not always the fault of the machines, either. Sometimes you have new employees or disgruntled ex-employees that you need to protect your assets from:

Your employees have access to important information that could easily be compromised (intentionally or unintentionally).  In order to ensure that they’re aware of the potential breaches, how to handle information and passwords, and what to do if they suspect suspicious behavior, you’ll need to train them on a continual basis. Training annually, having policies and procedures in a general area and having staff sign off on contracts is a surefire way to keep everyone on the same page.

It’s a digital world we live in. While technologies and software make it easier for us to do business, it also opens the doors for potential threats.


You want to make sure that you can rest easy and be confident in your staff. It’s far better to be proactive to a situation than reactive. You don’t want to be scrambling and fumbling with your clients when your business’ reputation is on the line. When you’re a new startup you need to have all your bases covered and be prepared to deal with any situation. This is how you will build a strong reputation for quality work.

Obviously, you want to be even more confident in your server technology. Running enterprise level RAID 50 servers or large Exchange machines is a huge responsibility. The article from Ventureburn continues:

When files are created and software is installed on your company server, is the information being backed up? All too often, businesses make the mistake of assuming that a saved document will always be there. The truth is, if the system was to be wiped out or even accidentally deleted, there is no getting it back.

All companies should back up their data. This way if there is a security breach you won’t have to waste time and money trying to recreate the pertinent information. There are several ways a company can assure their data is backed up. This includes saving everything to a physical device (i.e. a USB flash drive), setting up backup features through Microsoft, or storing all information in the cloud.

Cloud backup services are fantastic, but nothing beats an onsite backup server. Being able to log off the failing RAID array and onto a new one in case of array or single drive failure is something everyone needs. And if you don’t have that, you’re definitely going to need a RAID recovery service (see: Make sure you’ve got some kind of data recovery service provider on speed dial – every minute counts when it comes to major server failures.

Tape backups still do work, but who has the time for them? What’s more, the horrible thing about backup tapes is that they, too, fail. It is old school, but we do offer LTO tape recovery (see here:

Stay vigilant with your company’s systems, and have multiple backups, but remember that a good RAID recovery service is easily the best way to “backup your backup”!

Your Data Loss Prevention Starter Guide is courtesy of HDRG Blog


How To Set Up The HP ProLiant RAID Rebuild Priority

In this article, I’ll show you how you can adjust HP ProLiant RAID rebuild priority. This will set the level of precedence you have assigned to a RAID array rebuild as compared to routine I/O tasks. If you set the priority to low, the rebuild will occur only when the controller is not busy with normal I/O operations. As a result, you’ll show minimum effect on routine I/O tasks.

But it is important to note here that any array rebuilt using a low priority setting can actually create a possibility of compromising default tolerance level at the time of rebuild. This can lead to a failure which requires professional HP ProLiant recovery.

However, if you set the rebuild priority level to medium, that rebuild will be done using 50% of the resources, leaving of course the remaining fifty percent, which will be allocated to normal I/O operations. If you apply a priority level setting, the rebuild will take place at the expense of typical I/O jobs. This setting has negative impact on overall performance but it ensures more efficient data protection. Therefore, we would suggest the high priority setting for any HP ProLiant RAID rebuild.

To apply your desired HP ProLiant RAID rebuild priority level setting, highlight the controller in the logical configuration view panel and hit Enter. Now highlight the option for Controller Settings and hit Enter. In the controller settings panel, highlight the rebuild priority setting you want to apply and press Enter. You are done; your desired setting has been applied.

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How to Choose A Hard Drive Recovery Service

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