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  • When Disaster Strikes: First Steps to Data Recovery for Your Hard Drive

    Data loss can happen from a number of different reasons.  Losing data from a software error, like accidentally deleting a folder or emptying your recycle bin on your computer, is an easier situation to recover data from.  However, if it’s a fault in the hard drive that causes the data loss, getting your information back can be a bit more complicated.  When it comes to recovering lost data from your hard drive, it’s easy to think that you can solve the problem yourself by just Googling a solution. DON’T!  Doing-it-yourself is for backyard projects and [...]

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    Data Recovery for Less

    November 2, 2016 | Blog | hermdoggp1

    If you feel as though you professional and personal lives are at stake if you lose all the data that you have stored on your computer, then it may be time to think about investing  in data recovery.  Believe it or not, only 2% of the billions of gigabytes of information there is out there is  backed up and even less has any chance of being fully recovered.  We, however, are quite certain that a far greater proportion of that data is of value to “someone” out there and certain that that “someone” out there would be very upset if that data were [...]

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    Data recovery is a tricky thing, and if you've somehow deleted or had your important files corrupted or lost due to human error, business espionage, faulty hardware or software or any other reason; the good news is that your lost data is probably recoverable. This article will show you a few things NOT to do when an event such as this occurs. Don't run the drive anymore, or use the device. (MP3, portable storage, camera card, whatever) If you think it won't hurt to even just poke around the internet for a solution to this mess you've made/found, you're wrong! Don't install or run anything on [...]

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    How Hard Drives Work

    October 28, 2016 | Blog | hermdoggp1
    How Hard Drives Work

    Why are hard drives failing? Mainly it is is due to excessive heat, a major problem especially where external hard drives are concerned. We can recover data from virtually any hard drive that hasn't suffered major platter damage. A hard drive has several mechanisms that make the technology of reading and the transfer of data from the platters possible. Platters The hard drive can have one to several disks made of glass or aluminum coated with magnetic iron oxide particles. The disk(s) spins continuously very fast in the hda and the head can travel in and out along a radius so that any [...]

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    Types of Hard Drive Failure

    Below are the most common error codes with failed hard drives. Please follow one of the following links if it describes your situation:   If you are experiencing any of the following errors then you may need data recovery! Hard Drive/Ide Errors 1701 1702 1703 1704 1705 1706 1707 1708 1709 1710 1711 1712 1713 1714 1715 1716 1717 1718 1720 1726 1730 1731 1732 1733 1735 1736 1737 1738 1739 1740 1750 1751 1752 1753 1754 1755 1756 1757 1780 1781 1782 1790 1791 Fixed disk general POST error Drive/controller time-out error Drive seek error Controller failed Drive sector not found [...]

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    Data Loss Prevention

    October 26, 2016 | Blog | hermdoggp1
    Data Loss Prevention

    Leading Causes of Data Loss: Natural Disasters 3% Viruses 7% Human Errors 32% Software Malfunction 14% Hardware & System Malfunction 44% Computer's are more relied upon now than ever, or more to the point the data that is contained on them. In nearly every instant the system itself can be easily repaired or replaced, but the data once lost may not be recreatable. That's why the we stress the importance of regular system back ups and the implementation of some preventative measures. The chart above lists the most common reasons that data recovery would be needed for. In [...]

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    Rebuilding after a Raid Failure

    It is common for raids to go entirely offline during a single drive failure and then for the rebuild not to work. Even if there is a hot spare. When trying to rebuild, most people will make the same mistake, usually simply because it is their first rebuild and they follow what hey have been told by the manufacturers or by their backup providers. We are posting this page hopeful that you are reading it before performing the rebuild and hoping we can help you avoid making the same common mistakes usually made and save your data. NEVER RESTORE A BACKUP TO THE ORIGINAL DRIVES. Never [...]

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    What is RAID?

    October 24, 2016 | Blog | hermdoggp1
    What is RAID?

    What is RAID?  RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Inexpensive (or Independent) Disks. A RAID array is a collection of drives which collectively act as a single storage system, which can tolerate the failure of a drive without losing data, and which can operate independently of each other. What are the different RAID levels? A research group at UC-Berkeley coined the term "RAID", defining six RAID levels. Each level is a different way to spread data across multiple drives--a compromise between cost and speed. Understanding these levels is important, because each level is optimized [...]

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