Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Data recovery tips "the don'ts"

  • Do not ever assume that data recovery is impossible; even in the worst cases, such as natural disasters data recovery companies have been able to retrieve valuable data form some very badly damaged hard drives and tapes.
  • Never remove the cover from the hard drive; this will only cause further damage.
  • Do not attempt data recovery with commonly available software utility programs without first seeking advice.
  • Do not subject the drive to extreme temperatures changes both hot and cold.
  • In the case where a drive has been exposed to water, fire or even smoke do not try to power up, the situation calls for a professional.
  • If the drive does not work putting it in the freezer will only make things worse.

Data Recovery Tips

  • Backup your data frequently.
  • If you believe there is something wrong with your computer shut it down, do not continue to power up because you may do more damage.
  • If you here a clunk, clunk sound when you power up the drive, shut down! Do not panic nor turn the power button on and off.
  • Package the drive properly when you send it in to a data recovery specialist. You can cause additional damage to the hard drive if it is poorly packaged.
  • If you have deleted something that you should not have, do something about getting it back now, not later. That way you have an excellent chance of getting back the deleted material.

Monday, March 26, 2007

200 ways to recover your data

These methods are now several years only and make very interesting reading if you are interested in data recovery. BUT... they are not suitable for the newer hard drives and we do not suggest that they be used on any drive with a capacity of greater that 30 meg.

Data Recovery fro CD's and DVD's

There is a very common reason for the failure of DVD's and CD's afer data has been written to them. The problem arises when the combined length of the path to the file including the filename exceeds 255 characters. Files beyond this limit cannot be seen or restored from the disk even though the write may have claimed to be sucessful.

Solution 1) flatten your filing system and use shorter directory and file names.

If its too late for that you will need help, and it should not be too expensive to get back the data.

Thursday, March 22, 2007


We have been talking to people for years now, answering questions and offering help. Most of our help has been via the phone so we thought that this would be a great way to reach more people.

What do you think?