The Black Hole Becomes Visible With Half A Ton Of Hard Drives

Brace yourself. You can finally see how a black hole looks like. Up until today, no one really knew how a black hole looked like.

Finally, the day has come but it was no easy task.

The newly released image of a black hole (below) is a watershed moment for physics. Finally, we can put some of Einstein’s most famous predictions from a century ago to the test, but it was not as easy as pointing a big lens at the M87 galaxy and pressing a button. It took years of work and the collaboration of more than 200 scientists to make it happen. It also required about half a ton of hard drives.


What’s interesting about how the snapshot of the black hole was the length of time it took to put it together. It took years and a network of telescopes from around the world to capture the first real image of the black hole.

Data collection for the historic black hole image began in 2017 with a coordinated effort called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). That isn’t a single instrument but rather a collection of seven radio telescopes from around the world. The EHT used a principle called interferometry to combine the capacity of all those telescopes, creating a “virtual” telescope the size of the Earth.

The EHT had to collect a huge volume of data to deliver us this one image. Dan Marrone, Associate Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona says the EHT team had to install specialized super-fast data recorders on the various radio telescopes to handle the influx of measurements.

The now-famous image of a black hole comes from data collected over a period of seven days. At the end of that observation, the EHT didn’t have an image — it had a mountain of data.


The data collected was just too massive for the internet to handle. The hard drives had to be flown by plane.

According to Marrone, 5 petabytes is equal to 5,000 years of MP3 audio. There’s simply no way to send that much data efficiently over the internet. It’s faster to actually ship the hard drives to collaborators around the world. That’s why MIT has 1,000 pounds of hard drives sitting in its Haystack Observatory labs.


Thanks to the EHT project, black holes are no longer just illustrations on text books. They are real.

The historic black hole snapshot not only puts to test Einstein’s predictions. It also sheds a new light on the general relativity of black holes.

Another interesting thing about the historic snapshot of the black hole is that it took half a ton of hard drives to store the data collected from the network of telescopes. The role of a hard drive is pretty significant in putting together the first image of the black hole.

What the internet can’t handle, the hard drive can. There’s just no doubt about the importance of hard drives in massive data storage.

That’s why it makes a lot of sense to say that hard drives will always be important in this data era. Considering how important and significant they are in this day and age; they’re still not built to last forever.

Hard drives can crash. When they do, they take the data with them. Data can either be corrupted or deleted.

There are indications that your hard drive is about to crash. Watch out for such indications. For example, is your hard drive making a clicking noise? If it is, then it’s time to seek for some

Hard drives will always be synonymous to data storage. If you value your data, you should only rely on the experts to get them back in case your hard drives fail.

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Deleted Data: How To Recover From Windows

Oh, no! You can’t find a file. You’ve looked in all the folders already and you still can’t find it. Did you delete it?

Even if you didn’t mean to, there are times when you accidentally delete data. Deleting data is not just a matter of right clicking on the word delete. As a matter of fact, human errors only rank second when it comes to deleted data.

In a study by StorageCraft with 41 IT professional, 29% agreed that the main cause of data loss is human errors. Many other studies also found that human errors are the second most common reason for data loss across the globe.


You could end up deleting data even if you didn’t mean to. That’s a fact. Aside from human errors, there are other things to consider.

These errors include accidental deletion, formatting, force shutdown, improper drive or device use, and more. However, data loss may also occur due to following reasons:

  • Hardware Failure
  • Software corruption
  • Malware attacks
  • Power surge and outage
  • Bad sectors/blocks on the drive, Overheating
  • Outdated or corrupt device drivers
  • Theft, System file corruption
  • Natural Disasters.


That could scare a lot of people but truth be told, deleted data is no big deal. This is especially true on Windows. Explosion author, Nick Guli, stresses the same point as well.

Before we begin, I want to highlight the fact that the recovery of deleted data from a Windows PC isn’t a difficult task if you act promptly and appropriately. With that said, there’s no guarantee that all deleted files can be recovered. Some files may get corrupt if you continue to use your Windows PC or the storage media after data loss—whether deliberately or inadvertently—as it overwrites the deleted files.


Although there is no guarantee that all data can be recovered, some, if not, most data can be recovered as long as you act on it right away. You have to be open to the fact that some data could get corrupted. Nonetheless, immediate action could help lessen the chances of losing data.

For easy data recovery, Nick recommends that you use a software. Although that is one solution, it’s not the only one. He also recommends that you could stop using the system.

As discussed earlier, the more you use the system after data loss, the more damage you may do to the lost files. So hold your horses and stop using the system and the drive immediately to prevent any damage to lost files or cause data loss beyond recovery.


Another solution he recommends is to check your backup.

Check all your backups. Today, people often keep multiple backups on clouds and external hard drives. If you are one of them, check your backup and try to find the lost files. But DO NOT copy them to the system.

Again, if you do so, it will overwrite lost files that are not found in the backup.


Before trying out those solutions, you could also check your Recycle Bin. For all you know, your lost file is probably just there, waiting to be restored again.

There is a better solution if you want all your data back. This particular solution is the easiest for anyone who is pretty busy and who does not really have the time to tinker with the computer. As a matter, the only thing you have to do is to get on the phone and call the right people who can get the job done for you. Trained technicians can give you a . To understand more about how hard drive can fail, you can read more about it here .

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Hard Drive Recovery Associates Publishes Posts On Damaged Hard Drives And Data Privacy

Hard Drive Recovery Associates, a data recovery business based in Irvine, California, has announced that they have published two blog posts on their main website. One of these is an article about a special day that is focused on the privacy of information and the other article is about an easy way to recover a damaged hard drive.

In the article titled, “An Easy Way to Recover a Damaged Hard Drive,” they point out that a clicking sound coming from the hard drive is usually a sign that it is already damaged and it is about the fail. This an event that computer users dread because a damaged hard drive means they will not be able to access their files. Most of the time, people will just buy a new computer or laptop although this will not really allow them to recover the lost data. Fortunately, there is an easy way to recover the data and this is done by consulting with the experts such as those from Hard Drive Recovery Associates.

In the article titled, “There Is Such A Thing As Data Privacy Day,” it is revealed that Data Privacy Day is an international holiday that is held every 28th day of January. The non-profit organization National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) says that the event was started in 2007, with a meeting of corporate privacy policy wonks at the San Francisco, California, headquarters of LinkedIn. NCA executive director Kelvin Coleman had presided over the gathering, which sought to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the issue of data privacy.

Jack Edwards, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Associates, says, “we’re happy to announce that we have just published two articles on data recovery and data protection. Recovering data from a damaged hard drive is our business and we are here to help you. You don’t need to purchase a new computer or laptop because not only is that an expensive response to the problem. It is also not the solution because you will still end up losing the files that you have stored in the damaged drive. Meanwhile, computer users and laptop users should also take some action to ensure that their data is protected in case the drive fails and that data has to be recovered.”

Jack Edwards states that in the event that people end up with a failed hard drive, they can always rely on the services offered by Hard Drive Recovery Associates. He explains that they have received five star reviews on their Google My Business page for their data recovery services. The company provides data recovery services for PC, Mac, and RAID hard disks, as well as SSD drives. They specialize in both damaged and clicking hard drives.

According to the company, the key to recovering data is to diagnose correctly the problem with the hard drive. If the problem has to do with the file system, a data recovery software can be used to recover the data. But in those cases where there is a physical hard drive failure, they will recommend sending the drive to their data recovery clean room. Customers can ship their device, following a certain level of care. Once the drive is received, it is logged into their production line and if there are any additional issues detected, they will inform the customer.

During the actual recovery, they will clone the hard drive platter to ensure that the data is never at risk of being lost. The clone is important because it is possible that the hard drive has been physically damaged beyond repair. The data recovery process is then performed on the hard drive, sector by sector. Meanwhile, while recovering the data, they consider data privacy to be important and they treat the client’s data with confidentiality and the utmost discretion. Thus, they rarely see individual files as anything but a part of the whole hard disk drive. It is this respect for data privacy that the company has earned the trust of several government departments.

Those who need more information regarding recovery data from damaged hard drives and other services provided by Hard Drive Recovery Associates can visit their website or they can contact them by email or by phone.

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Cloud Technology: Changing The Way We Store Data

Digital data storage is now convenient. Thanks to the cloud, we can easily store and back up our data. With just the internet, our data can easily transfer from our computer to the cloud.

With the amount of data we work with every single day, it’s important to find ways to store them safely. Cloud technology makes it possible for data to be transferred and stored in a safe place. That’s the reason why it’s becoming very popular these days. As a matter of fact, it might eventually be the way we will all store data.

According to the Cisco Global Cloud Index, by 2021, 94 percent of workloads and compute instances will be processed by cloud data centers, meaning all but 6 percent of our data will be on the cloud.


Cloud technology has gone a long way. In terms of data storage, cloud services were very limited before. It was limited in such a way that files had to be manually transferred online. The funny part was that each file had to be transferred manually. That led to a lot of clicking and transferring of files online. To make matters worse, each file needed a separate password. Of course, that was years ago.

Cloud technology has made backup services a lot easier these days. As a matter of fact, online backup services nowadays offer automatic file transfer. Cloud technology has made backup services to be more convenient than ever.

The main result of the evolution of personal cloud usage is that 2.7 billion people walk around with devices in their pockets where they can quickly access: conversations threads from five years ago, thousands of high-res pictures, work databases, or see the person ringing their doorbell.


Cloud technology has also found its way in the workplace.

In our recent cloud migration survey of enterprise professionals across multiple industries, we found that nearly 50 percent of companies have already migrated to the cloud, with 45 percent currently undergoing a migration. As only 5.6 percent are actively planning an enterprise-level migration, we can surmise that cloud storage itself is now the industry standard. So mid-market companies are instead shifting focus to utilizing cloud services for their next generation of applications.


Interestingly, the same cloud technology that has found its way in the workplace has also paved way to the remote workforce.

We have reached the age of remote work—70 percent of employees work remotely at least once per week, and 53 percent work remotely for more than half of the week, according to an IWG global study. The remote workforce is due to such trends as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), and the rise of the gig economy. With the availability of hybrid-cloud-deployment to meet the needs of any organization, physical workspaces easily transform into digital.

The shift to remote workspaces not only equates increased productivity (scientifically proven), but employers have access to a more diverse talent pool and can save on overhead costs of traditional office spaces. Not to mention, the workers themselves experience better employment opportunities and work-life balance.


Cloud technology has made data storage easier and safer. That’s one of the practical reasons why the workplace is able to expand massively, overcoming physical distances. With cloud technology, data can easily accessed from anywhere. With just a laptop or even a smart phone, data can easily be shared from anywhere.

Cloud technology has definitely made it very easier for us to store data. No one can deny that. However, it doesn’t really mean that it’s a better way to store or even back up data.

Online backup services should not replace the traditional hard drives. At the most, we should use both online backup and hard drives to store data. The reason for that is simple. Either one does not guarantee a lifetime of reliability.

Cloud technology requires internet connection. What if there’s an outage? That’s where hard drives come in. Still hard drives aren’t fool proof. They, too, will fail. When they fail, it’s important to get help from a credible service provider.

A credible service provider won’t just save your hard drive. It will also protect the data stored in it. This is for a credible service provider.

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Damaged Hard Drive Due To Smoke

A damaged hard drive is bad news. You want to avoid that as much as possible. There’s a pretty good chance you’ll lose your data when that happens.

Your data is very important. You’d want to protect it all times. That’s the reason why it’s a must to install a powerful anti-virus and a reliable backup service. Unfortunately, those aren’t enough to really protect your data. When it comes to securing your data, you need to do more than that.

However, security is a much broader category than just that, and it includes both the availability of and the integrity of your information, and a part of that is physical protection. These days, the latest risks we often hear about are things like breaches of data stored in the cloud, or compromised IoT devices. However, it is important to remember that these sorts of risks are in addition to—not instead of—other older and less “sexy” risks, such as hard drive crashes.


The hard drive of your computer is probably the last thing you’ll ever think of. To start with, you can’t even see it. So, why bother? Well, you should because your hard drive is where all your precious data go. Your hard drive works very hard to store all your valuable data.

Conventional hard disk drives work by spinning a series of aluminum or glass platters on a spindle driven by an electric motor. And when spun up, they are going pretty fast and with incredibly fine tolerances: hard disk drives used in servers spin their platters at up to 15,000 revolutions per minute (RPM), which works out to around 150 mph (or about 240 kph, for the metrically minded). Just barely above and below these platters float minuscule read-write heads, each less than a millimeter wide, at the end of an actuator arm. How far apart do the actuator arms place the heads from the platters? As little as 3 nanometers, or about 1/25,000th the thickness of a human hair. Read-write heads themselves are so small that they are manufactured using similar technologies to those used to make CPUs. All of these parts come together in a device that looks not too different from a record player, aside from its size.

At the dawn of the hard disk drive era, the distance between the read-write heads and the platters inside the hard drive enclosure was much greater, so much so that smoke particles, often less than a micron in size, might pass between the platters and read-write heads with ease.


So, it’s really not enough that you don’t smoke in front of your computer. Even if you don’t, there’s still a chance that smoke could get into your hard drive.

Smoke particles are some of the most damaging things that can get inside a hard disk drive. Under a microscope they often look like jagged rocks, and some of them are small enough that they can actually can get drawn in through the air pressure equalization hole and end up bouncing across the surface of the platter at high speed, causing microscopic scratches and flaking of the thin film material on the surface of the platters, which is where data is actually stored. Even with filters inside the drive assembly, the particles can still cause damage: One can imagine them impacting the read-write heads flying just a few nanometers from the surface of the platters, much like a bird or drone hitting an airplane. Not a great experience for the passengers or your data.


Unfortunately, smoke can seep into sealed hard drives as well. To make matters worse, the signs of a damaged hard drive due to smoke are not too obvious. It takes time for them show, which is not good.

The bottom line is that smoke can damage the hard drive. However, there’s no need to worry. As a matter of fact, don’t freak out since there are that can help you out. Speaking of hard drives, here’s It’s very interesting.

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An Easy Way Recover A Damaged Hard Drive

Your hard drive can get damaged. More often than not, a clicking sound is a sure sign of a damaged hard drive. Once you hear that clicking sound, your hard drive is about to go.

That’s something you don’t want to happen. With all the files stored in your hard drive, you don’t want it damaged. Unfortunately, that is totally impossible. Your hard drive is bound to get damaged.

With digital devices becoming more prevalent for communication, research, and storage purposes, ensuring that one keeps a backup of their data has never been more important. A sudden, unexpected loss of data can be devastating and might mean that thousands of irreplaceable photos or the entirety of a crucial project at work may be gone forever.


In the event that you end up with a damaged hard drive, you can always rely on the services of the Hard Drive Recovery Associates.

Hard Drive Recovery Associates offers their customers a way to attempt the recovery of lost data with their data recovery services, and is proud to announce that they have received 5 star reviews on their Google My Business page.

The company offers data recovery for RAID, Mac, and PC hard disks along with SSD drives. They specialize in recovering both damaged and clicking hard drives.


Hard drives get damaged at a time when you least expect it. When it happens, your natural tendency is to get really pissed off. Instead of getting any work done, you end up dealing with a damaged hard drive. Precious time just goes down the drain.

To matters worse, you realize the possibility of losing your files. Finally, you panic. You don’t know what to do. How can you possibly recover a damaged hard drive when you’re having a panic attack? Will you ever get back your files from your damaged hard drive? Apparently, you can.

“It’s easy. You might think it’s not but it is. Retrieving data from the hard drive is not as hard as you think,” says Hard Drive Recovery Associates. “Unfortunately, most people think it’s hard. For that reason, not a lot of people think about retrieving data from their hard drive. When their computer or laptop gets busted, they just end up buying a new one. If they want to salvage any of their files, they’ll just try to retrieve data from their external drives.” Most people won’t bother with the hard drives of their old computers or laptops.


Purchasing a new computer or a laptop is not a solution to a damaged hard drive. Unfortunately, the less techy folks will resort to doing so.

Hard drive data retrieval can be an intimidating prospect for many people, especially those with very little to no knowledge of computers.


There really is no need to purchase a new computer or laptop in the event your hard drive gets damaged. Why spend so much money when you can still recover your damaged hard drive?

There is an easy way to recover your damaged hard drive so that you could get back all your files. It doesn’t even require you to buy a new computer or laptop.

Diagnosing one’s hard drive correctly is key to recovering lost data. If a certified Hard Drive Recovery Associates technician determines that a client has a file system based issue then they will likely recommend the use of data recovery software, either an in-house version or one from another developer, which should lead to rapid data recovery.


So, if you think your hard drive is about to go, don’t get pissed off, don’t panic, and don’t buy a new computer or laptop. An easy way to recover a damaged hard dive is to seek help from the experts. They’re trained and qualified to give you Compared to buying a new computer or laptop, their hard drive failure solutions and expertise are more affordable.

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Hard Drive Recovery Associates Demonstrates The Use Of Windows Data Recovery Service

Irvine, CA based Hard Drive Recovery Associates recently shared their extensive knowledge in the industry to help Windows users easily recover their lost data. Conveniently for all those interested in learning more, the company has shared these tips on their website, teaching visitors how to recover and undelete files in Windows.

Sooner or later, any user that spends a considerable amount of time using a computer is bound to encounter a situation where they delete a file that they’re not supposed to. Whether it’s an important work document, a school paper that is due tomorrow, or an irreplaceable family picture, chaos ensues as the user tries to find out where their file has disappeared to.

Common knowledge dictates that once something is deleted from a computer, it is gone forever. This is not quite correct as, more often than not, it is a relatively simple process to recover deleted files. Experts like HDRA know what steps to take and what tools are available to recover lost data, and users can employ some of these techniques by themselves at home. If all else fails, however, a user may have to resort to visiting a technician to recover their lost files.

In their article, ’How to recover deleted files in Windows,’ Hard Drive Recovery Associates covers the different paths that users can take to recover lost files in Windows. This varies from simple solutions, such as checking the Recycle Bin on a Windows computer, to some of the more complex tools. The article also has further advice for users in case none of their suggested methods work.

Hard Drive Recovery Associates also shares some preemptive measures that users can take to avoid losing important files, as there is a limit to what they can do to recover their data without visiting a professional. The company recommends that the capacity of the Windows Recycle Bin is increased, since files no longer go through it before they get deleted when it is full. If this occurs, a more complex method of recovery is needed. Another recommendation given by the company is to enable Windows system restore, allowing the user to revert Windows to a version prior to the deletion of a file, thereby aiding its recovery.

HDRA offers free 24-hour hard drive support, as well as free hard drive evaluation to help determine whether or not an user’s files can be recovered free of charge, with a simple fix. For those cases where a hard drive disk data cannot be recovered by the user, the company offers a guaranteed No Data Recovered, No Charge service. They affirm that 95% of the time, they are able to recover their customer’s data.

As hard drive failures are often catastrophic, possibly causing the loss of invaluable data, Hard Drive Recovery Associates has geared their company towards offering, “The quickest, most affordable hard disk recovery solutions in the industry,” ensuring that their customer’s valuable data will not be lost forever. They further assert that, “There is always a solution that will ensure that our customers valuable data is retrieved safely and effectively.” This is possible thanks to the company’s team of engineers, all of whom are experienced with nearly every kind of data loss scenario.

The services of the Hard Drive Recovery Associates aren’t limited to Windows OS recovery solutions alone, as they are also capable of performing data recovery for Mac operating systems. The company recently published an entry where they talk about ‘The Power of SSD’ to speed up old Mac devices, as an affordable alternative to buying a new computer.

In the article, the Hard Drive Recovery Associates addresses the advantages of using an SSD, or a Solid State Drive, to upgrade older Mac computers. This proves to truly be an option to consider, as the use of an SSD can speed up many functions of a computer, extending the lifespan of the user’s Mac. Of course, replacing the older Mac device with a newer version, and upgrading it with the use of an SSD is also an option for those with an ample budget.

The article also touches on what what Mac users should do when their device’s hard disk starts presenting failures. As a Mac is much more delicate than a regular computer with Window’s OS, it is better to leave everything in the hands of experts who will ensure that both the data and the Mac itself do not sustain any further, irreparable, damage.

Those who wish to have their data recovered by a professional may contact Jack Edwards of Hard Drive Recovery Associates to contract any of their services, or visit the company’s website for further information. HDRA is also active on various social media platforms.

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There Is Such A Thing As Data Privacy Day

There’s a day for almost everything. For example, there’s a World Backup Day. It’s held every 31st of March. Obviously, this particular day celebrates the importance of backing up data. So, if you’re not aware of such a day, you are now. If you don’t back up your files, you should. Think about it. There wouldn’t be any World Backup Day if backing up weren’t so important in the first place.

Another example is the National Download Day. While it’s not exactly a world day, it’s still a day that’s celebrating the importance of downloading. This particular day is celebrated every 28th of December. Interestingly, there’s a reason why it’s celebrated on that day. Apparently, it that’s time of the year when most of the apps are downloaded.

Now, there’s such a thing as a Data Privacy Day. It’s celebrated every 28th of January. This is an international holiday that aims to increase the awareness of data privacy. What’s interesting about it is that it’s not new.

The non-profit National Cybersecurity Alliance marked the occasion, observed since 2007, with a gathering of corporate privacy policy wonks at LinkedIn’s San Francisco, California, headquarters. Kelvin Coleman, executive director of the NCA, presided over the gathering, which he characterized as an exploration of the opportunities and challenges for the privacy road ahead.


Other sources would say that the Data Privacy Day began in 2008. Whether it’s 2007 or 2008, the point is, who knew there was such a day? I didn’t. The ignorance on such topic could probably explain why there are still a lot of red flags in data privacy nowadays.

In the opening panel, Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center, framed the discussion with a reference to her organization’s 2018 data exposure report. The report found a 23 per cent decline in the number of data loss incidents and a 126 per cent increase in the amount of personally identifiable information exposed, amounting to almost 198 million records.

Data spills of this sort would not happen if there were actual privacy, if the organizations involved lacked any records to lose.


Data privacy is a vast topic to tackle. While it means a lot to both the consumer and the business owner; it serves different purposes for both.

Data privacy for a consumer would probably be just about his or her own personal data that he or she would want to have control of. For a business owner, data privacy is very critical. It could make or break the business.

Data has been likened to oil as a commodity that fuels business growth. Hence for-profit companies willing to forego data collection are few and far between.


Based on how both consumers and businesses value data, the 2019 Data Privacy Day focused more on the legal aspect of data usage.

Rather, they chose to focus on the parameters of lawful data usage, on the ways companies can handle data with informed notice and consent from customers.

In other words, the focus was compliance rather than abstinence.


No matter how differently data privacy is viewed by both the consumer and the business, it still is a critical topic to tackle. The amount of personal data that’s floating online these days is scary. The effects could be catastrophic if there are no legal parameters as to how these data should be stored and protected.

There’s no doubt that data privacy still has a long way to go. It’s for that reason the consumer should be responsible enough to protect his or her data, at least, for now. For the consumer, it’s not just about managing and having control of his or her data online or offline. It’s also about being responsible for the various hardware that stores data.

For example, laptop owners should take in consideration how their data is protected in case their laptop crashes. This link is something every consumer should know in case his or her laptop crashes and data has to be recovered. There’s really no excuse for ignorance these. For more information on data privacy read

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Hard Drive Failures Don’t Have To Lead To Data Loss

You can’t escape a hard drive failure. However, you can survive it and move on from it. That is, if you know how to deal with it. The inevitability of hard drive failures is real. You’ll be facing one, two, three, or maybe more in your lifetime. Come out of a hard drive failure unscathed by averting data loss.

Here are some helpful tips to survive a hard drive failure that usually leads to data loss. The first of which is to back up your data.

The rule of thumb to follow when making data backups, says Michael Cobb, director of engineering at DriveSavers, a data-recovery firm in Novato, California, is ‘3-2-1’: “It’s three copies, [on] two different media, one off-site.”


The second tip is to make use of an automatic backup system. In the event that your shared or hard drive fails, you can always get back your files from your online backup service provider.

When making backups, automation is key. Kelly Smith, a cardiac geneticist at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, has access to a shared network drive that is copied to tape. She used to move her files to the drive manually, but only monthly; in the event that the drive failed, newer files could be lost. An automated cloud-based backup system called Druva inSync, from data-protection firm Druva in Sunnyvale, California, now obviates that concern. “It’s one less thing I have to worry about,” she says.


The third tip is to regularly check all your backups. If your data are backed up to the cloud, check if all your files are complete and updated. Reliable online backup services should be able to back up and update all your files automatically. As long as your computer is connected to the internet, the backup service should be able to do its work silently and efficiently. Still, you have to take some time to check your online backup account to see if all your files are backed up and updated.

Don’t assume that your backups are working: test them. Can you open your files? Do you have the necessary applications, login credentials and registration keys to run them? Wickes’ departmental IT service offers staff a free account on CrashPlan from Code42 Software in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which automates backups to the cloud. One day, Wickes decided to test her backup, only to find that it had stopped syncing six months earlier. “I was fine because I had a local Time Machine backup, as well,” she says, referring to Apple’s backup system for computers running its Macintosh operating system. Reiterating the advice he gave in tip 1, Cobb says: “So, 3-2-1 backup, and then restore [some key files]. And test it on a different computer, in a different room, on a different device — because if the worst-case scenario happens, you won’t have your device.”


Do the same thing with the hard drives where your data are stored. Check them out as well. You can’t expect your hard drives to function well at all times. You really need to take some time to check out all the files you have stored in them. That’s a smart way to avert data loss in case both your online and offline backups fail you.

There really is no reason for you to lose your offline backups in case your hard drive fails. The same way, there’s no reason for you to lose your online backups in case your service provider goes down. You can always seek support from the latter in case their service goes down.

In the case of a hard drive failure, you can rely on the trained technicians from HDRA to get back your offline backup. They can give you a of your damaged hard drive.  Most importantly, they will be able to get back your data.

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Hard Drive Recovery Associates Publishes New Data Recovery Information

A company in Irvine, California has announced the publication of two new informative posts. One of the posts is about laptops and laptop recovery, while the other is about data retrieval.

Jack Edwards, a representative for the company says, “There are a number of things that could be pointing to a computer, particularly a laptop computer, that is beginning to see the end. Unfortunately, they don’t last forever and often, owners simply do not want to part with them.”

Edwards states that many laptop owners have files that are saved on those devices and that these files may be important, which is why recovery is often crucial. He states that anyone who uses a laptop for work related tasks should know how to tell when their computer may be in trouble, to avoid losing critical files and information if the device does crash.

“A computer that consistently begins running slowly or popping up error messages regularly could be signaling a major problem,” says Edwards. “If and when these instances occur, it is important to get the computer to someone who can save critical files.”

Edwards states that basic data retrieval is actually less difficult than many believe, and that those with some knowledge of computers and how they work could easily retrieve data from machines that have gone down. He adds that the information that the company has published in their two new posts is designed to help those who rely on their computers and who may need to retrieve information after those machines have gone down.

“It’s a horrible feeling to realize that your computer is not working,” says Edwards. “We have all experienced it at one time or another. Older computers are much more likely to crash, which is why everyone who relies on them needs to know at least the basic method for retrieving any data that may be stuck in that broken machine.”

Edwards adds that the company’s goal with the two newly published posts is to inform consumers that just because their computer may have crashed, all is not lost. He says that under many circumstances, computer information can be saved and filed retrieved, which helps those with critical work files or those who may simply have family vacation pictures or other files that they want to keep.

Hard Drive Recovery Associates is an Irvine, California company that was established in 1990. The company has more than two decades of experience in helping customers to fully recover data that has been lost as the result of a hard drive failure. Edwards states that they have worked with a wide range of businesses over the years, including the United States Military, Dow Chemical, UPS, Verizon, Pepsi, and many others. He says that company staff has experience in the industry and that all of their staff members are qualified to assist in any hard drive failure situation.

Edwards adds that the company understands fully that data loss does not happen during regular business hours. He states that the company has a number of data recovery engineers who are available by phone around the clock. Those who are in need of a data recovery specialist can contact the company directly by the phone number listed on their website. Edwards states that a support call with the company is free and that in many cases, the company can walk the caller through the recovery process quickly and easily.

Those who are interested in learning more can visit the company on their official company website. The website offers more information about data recovery, as well as various published posts that are designed to provide more information for those who rely on computers for their business or personal lives. Direct contact information for those wishing to connect via phone or email can be found on the website, as well as an online contact form for those who have questions, and a map to the company’s Irvine location.

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