RAID 5 Sybase Data File Diagnostic Software

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Recently I received a set of drives that were originally in a RAID 5 (stripe set) configuration. These drives were old Seagate forty gigabyte Parallel ATA (PATA) drives. The client explained that they had rebooted the server and when it came up again … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Stale Drive Detection for Windows NTFS Raids

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Greetings and Salutations! My name is Richard Correa and I am a Software Engineer and data recovery specialist for DTI Data. Over the years I have written many tools to help the technician resolve several of the problems they may encounter during … [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...]

Using Recover It All Data Recovery Software On USB Firewire External Hard Drive

This video from Jacqui Best our tech guru explains how to use Recover It All. It not only gives a concise explanation on the inner workings of the program, but goes into detail on the best way to use it when recovering external hard … [Read more...]

Speed Clone For Windows Released

DTI Data Recovery continues its excellence in software development by releasing Speed Clone for Windows. The new Speed Clone download package includes the Windows version as well as a bootable DOS ISO for cloning hard drives that are registered in … [Read more...]

Windows Surface Scanner Freeware Utility

Several times a week DTI Data receives calls from clients describing a situation where their computer seems to ‘freeze’ or ‘lock-up’ on boot up.   No matter what they try the system will no longer boot and they receive a Blue Screen of Death … [Read more...]

Using FAT32 File Entry Record For Recovering Folders Using Software Logic

  In my last installment I described the file entry record and its on-disk format.  I used a 'C' structure to denote the different fields of the record and defined which five are most important to us when trying to recover a FAT32 file system where … [Read more...]

Recovering FAT32 with File Entry Record Data Only

External USB hard drive devices have been a real 'boon' for the hard drive recovery industry. From the fact that they dissipate heat poorly, they are susceptible to vibration, and your dog walking past your computer happily wagging its tail can … [Read more...]

What File System Components are affected by FDISK

As I have mentioned before we have all either by design or by accident fdisked an NTFS file system. In doing so all of the files become inaccessible and the assumption for many years was that they could not be recovered. Many of the more recent … [Read more...]

MFT Data Recovery

Over the years I have recovered many hard drives configured with NTFS. One of the leading reasons that data recovery is performed on these hard drives is an anamoly developed in the Master File Table. This area of the drive is the single most … [Read more...]

Using Restore Feature With Dell And Compaq HP

I take a lot of time to evaluate, what the most frequent Technical support calls I receive are. After a thorough evaluation I have noticed that I receive an inordinate amount of calls referencing the go back or system restore feature that many of the … [Read more...]