Troubleshooting Basic Hard Drive Problems: You Need to Format the Disk

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A common hard drive fault that I think most of us have run in to at one time or another is : “You Need to Format the Disk in Drive:”. This problem seems to be even more prevalent with the popularity of portable external hard drives like the Seagate … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting Basic Hard Drive Problems: Does Not Show Up In My Computer

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Hard Drive Problem #1: The hard drive is not showing up in “My Computer” or in Windows Explorer (not to be confused with internet explorer). Generally, I get phone calls where the customer states that the computer is no longer seeing their hard … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

SAN and NAS the Difference from a User Perspective

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So I was asked the other day by our SEO content writer what is the difference between SAN and NAS. Now, usually I pride myself in the ability to spout off random techno babble, in order to explain what would normally be a difficult concept easily to … [Read more...]

Recover It Now: How Does Remote Data Recovery Work?

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Recover It Now is a service offered by DTIData to try to save our customers time and money. In most cases we can put the drive back in to the state it was in before the failure happened. This saves time because you will not have to transfer the data … [Read more...]

Data Recovery Software: Recover It All Professional For Windows

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Recover It All has always been DTIData’s main piece of data recovery software. It has been around a long time with updates coming in order to account to changes in the Windows file system. I thought I would give our customers an update on how the … [Read more...]

Data Recovery with Windows 7

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So after the Windows Vista debacle I was less then ready to jump on the Windows 7 bandwagon. For obvious reasons I wanted to take a wait and see attitude about the OS since with Windows Vista doing logical (software) data recovery was a huge chore … [Read more...]

Western Digital Releases New Home Network Drive

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Western Digital announces the release of the new My Book Live home network storage. This drive will offer 100MBps transfer rates which is more then triple the speed of USB 2.0 and double the speed of any other network attached storage on the market … [Read more...]

Western Digital Kicks It Up A Notch With New High Speed Solid State Drives

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Western Digital announced they will be shipping A new line of 2.5 inch SSD’s called the WD SiliconDrive®. The new drives will be superior if OEM embedded application such as in an automobile. Offer extreme read write speed allows for the drive to … [Read more...]

Western Digital Announces the Release of 3TB and USB 3.0 External Hard Drives

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Fast and Huge is what they are going for here. First, all 3 lines of their drives, the My Passport® Essential™ portable hard drive, My Passport® Essential™ SE portable hard drive, and My Book® Essential external hard drive will be offered in the USB … [Read more...]

Recovery It All Professional and Windows 7 File System

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 So what exactly does Recover It All work on? It works with Fat 16, Fat 32, NTFS 4 and NTFS 5. In normal not geek speak that means it will work on any file system from Windows 95 thru Windows 7. It will only actually RUN in Windows 2k and higher. … [Read more...]

Tutorial: How To Slave A SATA Hard Drive Via USB

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So a few years a ago I wrote a post on how to slave an IDE hard drive internally into a tower. While this is still very useful information, with so many people not having access to the internal tower or with people trying to use their laptops or even … [Read more...]

Sony Handycam DVD Will Not Finalize

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So this is a very prevalent problem I have run into over and over through the years and up until just recently it has been a problem I could not fix. Here is the scenario: You record 20 to 30 minutes of important and sentimental moments on your … [Read more...]