iPod Touch 4th Generation Giveaway

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It's that time of year again! DTI Data is proud to announce our 2011 iPod Touch Holiday Giveaway! If you or someone you knows could use a free iPod Touch this season, make sure you enter before the drawing. There will be two drawings: the first … [Read more...]

Water Damaged Hard Drive Recovery Shipping

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As Hurricane Irene approaches our shores we thought it a good idea to revisit the topic of how to package your hard drive for shipment after it has been submerged in water. This is a very important topic and we covered it in depth during an interview … [Read more...]

Online Data Backup Service

As home and business computer users have to cope with a rapidly increasing amount of information, data storage is becoming one of the most important aspects of computing. For storing hundreds of family photos or sprawling databases, the large … [Read more...]

Stripping nonsense characters in URLs with Apache mod_rewrite

I have had this problem that has been plaguing me for a very long time. Google’s webmaster tools has been reporting incoming links to our website that are returning a 404 (Not found) error. The weird thing is the URL that shows “looks” correct and … [Read more...]

Hard Drive Recovery: What does it mean?

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Hard drive recovery is a very broad term. However, data recovery companies use it to describe a situation where the hard drive itself is no longer functioning. A hard drive can have many different file systems from Windows, MAC, Linux or, even a very … [Read more...]

Windows Hard Drive Recovery Verification Tool

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE WINDOWS HARD DRIVE RECOVERY VERIFICATION TOOL We receive a tremendous amount of calls asking how to tell if your hard drive is going bad. Sometimes it is very hard to tell if you need hard drive recovery by a … [Read more...]

How to Fix Bad Sectors on a Hard Drive

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The truth of the matter is; you can't repair bad sectors on a hard drive. Receiving ‘Bad Read’ errors or I/O errors from a hard drive is not the type of problem that can be remedied or ignored. The following is an explanation of how hard drives are … [Read more...]

Failing Hard Drives and the Freezer Technique Revisited

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Above is an example of a drive that has been completely frozen.   Normally you would put the drive in the freezer for about an hour. This was a common hard drive recovery trick called a thermo challenge. The only real worry was … [Read more...]

$199.00 Hard Drive Recovery

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  Lately, I have seen ads popping up in Google searches for very low cost hard drive recovery services. There are sites advertising complete hard drive recoveries for $349.00, $299.00, even as low as $199.00. I get a lot of questions about … [Read more...]

VMWare and DoubleSpace The Old Meets The New

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  Ever hear of DblSpace (dos hard drive compression)? Maybe you heard of DrvSpace? I know, how about Stacker, everyone has heard of Stacker. No? Well if you haven’t heard of these it might be because these file system handlers were used … [Read more...]

Finding Hard Drive Parts for an IBM Deskstar 82.3GB

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Among other duties I have around here finding parts for drives is one of them. We of course out source to other companies when I am unable to find the parts but it is always better and more more cost effective if someone in house finds them. The … [Read more...]

Typical Data Recovery Scenario

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Ok so what happens is you have been working on a project, document, database, or maybe even the families genealogy. You have a few weeks of hard work into it. You have put in a ton of internet research and finding just the right pictures.  You get up … [Read more...]

Hard Drive Review: Western Digital 1Tb Comparison

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Ok so this drive is part of the “green” series of ECO-Friendly drives they are making now. The cost you pay for being friendly with the environment is a hit to performance. The drive is by no means a HIGH PERFORMANCE hard drive. It is perfect for … [Read more...]

How To Know Your Hard Drive Failed

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We have talked about this before, but failing hard drives never go away. Though "prevention is the best medicine" has been an adage that goes back centuries, it can still be ignored even in the digital age. DTI Data Recovery has been in the forefront … [Read more...]

Data Recovery Case Study: WD5000AAKS

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This might be the most popular drive sold in the past 5 years. It is fast and the storage capacity for the bang for your buck was huge! When they first came out you couldn’t get anything close in size for the pennies Western Digital was asking for … [Read more...]

What Does CHKDSK Really Do? From a Software Engineers View

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I wish I had a nickel for every potential client that has called the shop and explained to me that they have a hard drive that is locking up (bad sectors usually) and it won’t populate the file system. As I am listening I hear things like “I put … [Read more...]

Hard Drive Recovery Diagnosis Easy Tips and Tricks

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Over the years we have discussed my progress in data recovery. I have recently integrated the physical recovery end in to my ever growing knowledge base. It used to be that when I spoke to customers and friends I was coming purely from a logical … [Read more...]

External USB Hard Drive Recovery

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USB drives have been around for several years now and because of that fact data, has been compiled that reflects the type of files a USB drive will store. In addition, I apply my experience, to the types of damage that a USB enclosure will … [Read more...]

Determining configuration for RAID Five or RAID Zero

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Reading the title makes it sound like something that should be easy. I should be able to just pull out the drives in the order they are presented in the hardware, mark them as 0 through whatever and be done with it. However it has been my experience … [Read more...]

DTI Data’s Many Options For RAID Data Recovery

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DTI Data has been in the RAID Data Recovery business for a long time. We focus on RAID 5 data recovery, which is still the prelevant system in storage devices such as DELL PowerEdge Servers. Many RAID systems such  RAID 50 is still built off of the … [Read more...]