Hard Drive Recovery Breakdown – Heads Platters and Clicking

Hard drive recovery is the repair of physically damaged hard drives including heads, platters and a clicking sound. Even though clicking is by far the most common noise that a hard drive will make when failing, there are a few other noises such as … [Read more...]

Blue Screen Of Death How To Restore Windows Config Missing Corrupt

Blue Screen of Death C:\windows\system32\config\system missing or corrupt. If you have turned your PC on and received this message the problem can be solved with the following steps. However, before beginning, it is very important to note that … [Read more...]

Windows Wants To Format My Hard Drive

Just about the worst thing a Windows user can be told is that Windows wants to format one of your hard drives. This is becoming more prevalent with external hard drives, that can not only be told it needs to be formatted, but can disappear … [Read more...]

External Hard Drive Data Recovery Review – Seagate FreeAgent Pro

When looking at external hard drives, most reviewers only look at capacity, pricing and performance. DTI Data Recovery looks at these things, but has a focus on the stability of the external hard drive and its ability to withstand heat and not need … [Read more...]

Hard Drive Recovery Freeware Software

DTI Data is one of the few data recovery companies that not only operate a clean room, is a certified partner of the only hard drive manufacturer that lists authorized data recovery companies and creates and supports their own hard drive recovery … [Read more...]

Recovering Folder Relationships Using DOS Clustering Design

    In my last installment I described what a file entry record would look like if it were in fact a cluster holding file entry data. I went over the fact that the first two entries of the folder cluster would be a period followed by ten spaces, and … [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...]

Recover It All ON SALE! Save $50.00 On Powerful Data Recovery Software

DTI Data Recovery is pleased to announce that it's most powerful data recovery software is now on sale for $49.99! Recover It All is professional data recovery software that has many features and a powerful scanning engine. Recover It All runs on any … [Read more...]

Hard Drive Recovery Prices

One of the most asked questions is "how much does hard drive recovery cost"? It totally depends on the situation. To understand hard drive recovery prices, you have to understand the different types of services. When you have a problem with your hard … [Read more...]

FAT32 Recover File Entry Table On-Disk Layout Using a C Structure

In my last installment Recovering FAT 32 With File System Markers, I offered a brief outline of a case that destroyed a FAT32 file systems major components. This was done by formatting the drive using an operating system that is not native to the … [Read more...]

Recovering FAT32 With File System Markers

In my last installment, Recovering FAT 32 with File Entry Records, I talked about USB and Fire Wire devices and how they are susceptible to damage. In addition I spoke about the file system used to store data on these devices as being FAT32 in order … [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...]

How to Replace a Partition on a Single Partition Drive

We have a Free Partition Repair Tool that I get a lot of calls about. The problem most people have when using it is trying to figure out what goes into each of the fields. When a hard drive has a missing partition it is hard to know what is supposed … [Read more...]

Hard Drive Form Factors Explained

This is the first article in a series that will explain how hard drives work, why they fail and what you as users can do to protect your data. When looking at hard drives the first step is to identify what it's form factor is. Simply put, the form … [Read more...]

How platter swelling affects a hard drive

  Okay, I know this is not about how to read bad parity in a drive in order to find a stale drive in a RAID five.  This is an important subject, however, and I also think it is important to know why heat and a swelling platter can cause hard drive … [Read more...]

Western Digital Hard Drive Pricing

We are asked all the time which are the best hard drives to use? Since we are a hard drive recovery company we get to see all the major hard drives up close and personal. While there are certainly some hard drives that we see more often, that is more … [Read more...]

System Area Of The Hard Disk A Look At A Partition

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So here is the deal, I would say in about 99 percent of the calls I take, I talk about the "System Area Of The Hard Drive" and I am sure that must seem like techno babble to most people. Because of the specialization of this field of technology, a … [Read more...]

Remote Logical Hard Drive Recovery

I have over the past few years had customers with hard drives that I knew I could fix their problem easily if I just had access to the drive. In these situations I will usually offer the customer a logical recovery, which entails them sending us the … [Read more...]

My Data Failure Nightmare, The Beginning

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So here is the deal, recently I  have been having serious data issues. Like a bad dream it would seem I have lost my main data areas in three different machines in the last 4 months. On a side note one of the machines (my main one) lost its hard … [Read more...]

Partition Types in a Soft Spanned Set

Spanned Set Partition List

  Last time I explained the basic premise of a spanned set.  I used the example of a clients RAID that contained 3 36 GB SCSI drives. In a standard set each one of the drives would use one partiton for the entire drive and then the set would be … [Read more...]