Data Recovery Up In The Clouds

We know that you can’t always count on physical devices to work perfectly all the time because there are various factors to consider that can affect its reliability and performance. Wear and tear can slow down your device and eventually affect its performance but aside from that, there are other threats you face constantly, even more common now that malware attacks happen more often than it did in the past. Unfortunately, it also means your data is more at risk now too. Malwares today can even steal your data by gaining remote access to your device, so you have to be more careful than ever or risk losing your precious data to complete strangers. When storing data, it is not advisable to save it in just save one location in case your PC breaks down or you lose access to that device.

Nowadays, the cloud is proving to be so handy in many things. More people and businesses use it now for a lot of reasons and it has made work and life easier and more convenient too. It is true in a lot of ways and cloud computing has changed the game for everyone else. Unfortunately, it isn’t as reliable as we want to believe it to be. Cloud outages, while rare, can still happen. However, not all companies anticipate or even prepare for it to happen and that remains to be a big misconception for a lot of people. While the infrastructure may seem protected up in the cloud, not the same can be said for the applications. There is also a big possibility for you to lose your data in the rare case of these cloud outages especially if you are clueless that these things can actually happen and you haven’t prepared for it. You end up seeking professional help to get your device working again or in trying to salvage lost data back

“Organisations are clearly lacking in understanding the anatomy of a cloud outage and that recovery is a joint responsibility between the cloud service provider and the business,” Mike Palmer, executive vice president and chief product officer, Veritas said.

“Immediate recovery from a cloud outage is absolutely within an organization’s control and responsibility to perform if they take a proactive stance to application uptime in the cloud. Getting this right means less downtime, financial impact, loss of customers’ trust and damage to brand reputation.”


A backup plan should always be in place especially if you or your business rely too much on cloud computing to get things done. Remember that you have no idea what goes on up there in the cloud since it is owned and operated by third-party providers. While nobody wants outages to happen especially when they know so many rely on their service to work without fail 24/7, accidents do happen even to the most careful of people or those observing the strictest of standards. Businesses should be aware of this, so their business not also suffer when these mishaps happen because we know technology falters. You can’t afford to lose a life-changing document because you weren’t able to save it in time or store it in a rather safe location before blackouts happen. Sometimes, data are still lost even if you have generators in place because it takes a while for them to kick in. It is why you can see a rise in computer repairs like after outages and disasters.

Regional services providers are worth considering for data protection destination. Not only can they lend expertise in designing a data protection solution, working with them might mean an organization will be able to substantially reduce costs.

For example, they may be able to create templates for some or all of your composable workloads, removing the need to back them up at all. They may also have lower cost solutions available for database replication, or be able to help put in place data efficiency solutions that help reduce network capacity demands.

Ultimately, successful data protection will require a mixture of backup methods, understanding the workloads to be protected and tackling technical debt. Every situation is different, but near-zero data loss in the face of disaster is becoming possible for even the smallest of organizations. You just have to know where to make the necessary compromises.


In the end, the best solution to all your computing woes is having a combination of various data storage methods, both physical and virtual, to help you overcome whatever technical problem that comes your way. The cloud is a great addition to your options but don’t rely on it completely as you have probably read about various issues involving the clouds over the past year. Having a backup is the only sure way for you to go about your tasks and business that can give you utter peace of mind that your business will do just fine even in the aftermath of a disaster.

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How Data Warehousing Has Changed

If you ask me today, data makes the world go round. We thrive on data, data from our cellular network providers to the very data we create and save every time we use the computer and the web. We freak out at the thought of losing valuable data whenever there is something wrong with our gadgets or when we accidentally delete files we aren’t supposed to erase. Back in the 90s, data warehousing was the hottest tech craze and companies did not think twice to put their money on it.

The problem with this concept is that it did not live up to its promise, specifically to the return of investment entrepreneurs wanted from such a big investment mainly because of the wrong strategy used. Data warehouses should ideally act as a data information hub rather than an aggregation platform for all sorts of data that it turned out to be.

The concept of data warehouse was at its peak of investments and hype in the ‘90s. Back then, enterprises spent a fortune on data warehouse. Seeing the potential that data offered, average investment by organizations ranged from USD 30 to USD 40 million on data warehousing capabilities. Enterprises started building infrastructures to assimilate and consume data on a common platform, but they had no clear idea about its utilization and life cycle management. They eventually used it as a central place for enterprises to collect transactional data and distribute it to those who needed it. 

CIOs often ask this, because CFOs question them where the ROI is. When we speak to CXOs, they point out that only forty to fifty percent of their business needs are being met by a data warehouse – this is a low number for such an investment.

Though a centralised repository of data system was put in place, the investment didn’t live up to its promise. About ninety percent of enterprises failed in creating value because they implemented the wrong strategy. A data warehouse was perceived as a central base to collect all types of data across an enterprise. With a lot of unnecessary data coming in, the data overgrew its size. It worked as a data aggregation platform rather than a data information hub. There’s a structural flaw in this design, while data volume, governance and sustenance went for a toss. Enterprises didn’t consider a data warehouse as a strategic infrastructure which meets all the business data requirements of an enterprise.


In the past, data were often housed in enterprise mainframe servers but most of them are stored in the cloud nowadays. This non-volatile collection of data is what helps analysts and executives make practical decisions for the best of the company while at the same time keeping them separately from operational databases.

“We see an accelerated move toward the cloud,” Shamgunov says. “When talking to our customers or attending conferences, we see most enterprises using hybrid environments with infrastructure deployed on premises and in several public clouds. We believe that multi-cloud environments is the future and enterprises will choose to depend on infrastructure that works across clouds.”

“Specifically in data warehousing, we see a shift from expensive on-premises offerings to much more efficient cloud data warehouses,” Shamgunov continues. “Traditionally, moving data has been a hard proposition due to its stickiness, however the cloud proposition is irresistible. Having a solution that works natively in the cloud and with an option of deploy on-premises has become a unique, compelling position for MemSQL.”


Data warehouse comes in handy in banking and financial institutions as well as in the retail and consumer sector. A lot has changed with how data is stored these days, especially that millions to billions of data are stored, managed, and analyzed by the minute. And to keep up with the fast-paced life, companies now need real-time insights about the multitude of these data to help them make smart decisions whenever it is needed.

While big companies get worried about the future of data warehousing, ordinary individuals like us have hard drive issues to deal with. We go crazy when our hard drive acts up and we can’t access important files. When that happens, ask for the help of in recovering every bits and piece of data you have saved. are professionals to help you not only get your data back but your sanity as well. Don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it the most.

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Are You Still Safe When Browsing The Web?

We surf the World Wide Web almost every day now. That’s the new norm of life these days. People can’t help themselves from checking their various social networking sites daily out of #FOMO or the fear of missing out. Whether it be Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or some other trendy and hip social media that’s in right now, count on everyone (both the young and the old) to flock it and waste all their free time on it. We share more and more data online the more we frequent the web on a daily basis.

Now that almost everyone is on the web, we should think about our safety and security seriously because criminals have found a new playground too. If you think about it, you put in a lot of personal and sensitive details on your SNS accounts that others may inadvertently use to hack your other accounts or cash in money through online banking transactions. Your photos and identity can be stolen too by identity thieves that are plenty online.

Are you familiar with the term “Mega Breach”? Symantec defines this as a breach of data that exposes personal data of a minimum of 10 million people during a single incident.

Unfortunately, that seems to be happening more and more. If you pay attention to the National Cyber Security Alliance, half of the attacks of this nature are aimed at companies that have less than 2,500 employees.


Hackers have leveled up their game and can infiltrate even the most sophisticated and advance security measures businesses have put in place to protect their clients. It is why data security and data privacy are now the focus of everyone to ensure that their data isn’t exploited by some creep for monetary gain.

A recent report by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and National Crime Agency (NCA) (the “NCA Report”) described the cyber-threat to UK business as “significant and growing”. 65% of large UK firms detected a cyber security breach in the past year according to the government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2016 (the “Cyber Survey”). Against this background, cyber security combined with effective risk management, is a key priority for businesses in 2017.

Three factors contribute to this increased threat of cyber-attacks. First, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the progression towards an ever increasing number of internet connected devices provides hackers with more attack vectors than ever before. Secondly, hackers are learning from each other and sharing their knowledge. Thirdly, the technical expertise required to carry out cyber-attacks is declining, as DDoS (distributed denial of service) and malware can easily be obtained on the dark web.


While we often shrug off issues pertaining to data security and privacy on the web, we may unconsciously easily fall prey to cybercriminals who have become adept and skilled in stealing valuable data.

By now, we’ve grown accustomed to our devices listening to us. Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, Bixby, Cortana, and every other disembodied virtual taskrabbit has been hearing our commands—and who knows what else—for years. But, with its last two smart hub devices, Amazon has pushed one step beyond the microphone, asking users to install cameras in their homes. Yesterday, with the announcement of the Echo Show, Amazon reaffirmed its plan to have Alexa see you in addition to hear you. It’s a small step forward in terms of usability, but a major can of worms when it comes to our security and privacy.

For most users, the greater concern might not be what Amazon or the government wants with the Echo, but what hackers can do with a microphone, camera and screen placed on the bedside table or in their child’s nursery. In this case, the only immediate protection for most people will be the skill of Amazon’s engineering team. We saw a similar conversation take place regarding smart TVs and their ability to hear things they maybe shouldn’t.


We have been used to having devices do things for us. It started with home appliances that made preparing and cooking food easier as well as cleaning up after. Then, there came entertainment systems that made our lives more enjoyable and exciting. Today, it’s all about smart gadgets that connect directly to the web for our comfort and convenience. No need to buy a bulky computer or pricey laptop to go online. We can now access the web using a device we can easily put in our bags or pockets.

And with the drastic rise in Internet users is the issue of our safety and security when using the web. Can we trust all sites that we visit? Are our data really safe from hackers? We can’t really tell, right? Just stay vigilant and careful of the sites you visit and make sure important details aren’t visible to the public. Having an antivirus and firewall can likewise protect you from potentially malicious sites. There are a lot of other ways to protect your data from online thieves and feel free to ask the experts like Kindly check the link as well to learn more about data recovery if you are a Mac user. can also provide you some insight and a helping hand for individuals who aren’t handy with technology. Let the pros handle it to lessen the damage.

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How Technology Can Help Against Floods

We can’t deny the innate beauty of the natural world but it is far from perfect. It is not every day that the weather is sunny. Other times, the clouds can cast a gloom that also affects people’s emotions and makes them feel depressed. But there are real dangers to the world’s natural weather systems. The planet has witnessed its fair share of natural calamities and disasters that forever wiped out entire civilizations. The ancient city of Pompeii was buried in ash and lava spewed by Italy’s Mt. Vesuvius. The entire Mayan population disappeared almost without a trace and remains to be a mystery until today. Even in biblical times, only Noah and his family survived the great flood aboard Noah’s ark.

It no longer comes as a surprise the looming threats our modern world faces as we continue to plunder the world of its natural resources. Weather phenomena have intensified. The world is getting hotter as heat is trapped within the atmosphere. The ocean is rising. What about us? We are in a big mess that we created ourselves. In our endless pursuit of progress, we compromised many things that the world has to offer that it is now striking back at us with a vengeance. The question is, are we ready for it? Can we survive one disaster after another and still ensure the survival of our species? Can we continue to live a normal life in the face of such natural calamities?

In February 2017, California‘s Oroville Dam received national attention as a narrowly averted flood disaster. A decade earlier—in June 2008—it was Wisconsin‘s turn: Near the popular tourist destination city Wisconsin Dells, excessive rainfall eroded the highway that formed part of the Lake Delton Dam, resulting in a torrential washout into the Wisconsin River 40 feet below. It swept away three homes, destroyed two others, and left the lake drained for months.
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, these and many other examples motivate Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Daniel Wright to help improve the nation’s flood risk preparedness.

“Many of the 80,000 dams in our country, especially the 90 percent classified as smaller, have similar structural problems as the Oroville Dam,” Wright says. “We know it’s just a matter of time until a big rainfall will overwhelm the next one—but unfortunately, this problem is not yet receiving enough attention.”

Wright hopes to change that with the aptly named RainyDay software: a planning tool he and his colleagues developed and published, in April 2017, in the journal Environmental Modelling & Software.


We like to think that our modern advancements can protect us from nature’s wrath but who are we fooling? Whatever man-made structure we have built today are insignificant in the face of a major catastrophe like tsunamis or earthquakes. But there is still hope. Aside from increasing our environmental conservation efforts, this new software that can protect towns and cities from floods can save countless lives, especially that global warming continues to melt polar caps that eventually make the sea level rise. Other innovative flood control projects like water gates, flood barriers, or storm surge barriers are already in use in countries like Japan, England, and The Netherlands. If they can do it, it’s also possible for other nations to copy the same technologies especially the low-lying ones that are at higher risk of getting flooded.

But the threat of rising tides is shaping change on a more basic level, too. The New York Times reports that the risk of future flooding is changing the way that buildings are designed in the city. Gone, for instance, are top-floor penthouses, replaced instead with emergency generators that won’t get flooded—and can provide enough power for residents to remain in their apartment for as long as a week. Elsewhere, special drainage systems channel water away within foundations, and ground floors are being built with materials that can tolerate floods.

Meanwhile, Curbed reports that initiatives are also under way outside of Manhattan. In Broad Channel Island, in the borough of Queens, street levels are being raised so sidewalks and roads stand taller than previously relative to the nearby waters of Jamaica Bay. And in another Queens district, Breezy Point, new houses are being built on raised platforms to save them from floods.

If all else fails, we could embrace the seas. The government of French Polynesia has just agreed to consider hosting a city of floating islands, which have long been in development by the Seasteading Institute. The idea: small, floating structures employ renewable power and sustainable aquaculture to allow inhabitants to fend for themselves in harmony with the ocean.


Technology only becomes good or bad depending on how you use it. Abuse it and you end up destroying the world but use it wisely and it can improve our lives without damaging the natural order of the planet. The planet is made up of ¾ water. Imagine the threat of a water calamity that can wipe out any city because we failed to protect the environment from irresponsible human activities. Let us support the development of sustainable technologies that protect us from disasters like floods because we can see it ravaging many places on the planet today and we can only expect it to get worse over time.

When all else fails and you find your home submerged in flood water, don’t cry out in despair if your computer’s hard drive was damaged by the water. Find out how to address this issue here or you can call us for professional help, so you no longer have to stress yourself about this problem. Computers are expensive and they often store data that are just as precious. Save yourself from all the hassles and stresses of such a tech emergency and just dial our number right away.

Other times, it’s not a water issue but another element that is just as fierce, fire. If your hard drive, unfortunately, had to endure a fire-related accident, this article may be of help. The elements can be so unforgiving, so try not to mess around with them as much as you can. However, accidents do happen but no need to worry because we are here to help.

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What’s All The Fuss About Data Recovery

We use data everywhere. From our own personal information to school or work-related documents and files, we have different uses for these data and require 24/7 access to them when the need arises. In our modern world, most of these data are stored in digital mediums like computers or smart gadgets for easy access and convenient storage. They can be stored directly on PC hard drives or on external data storage devices like flash drives or external hard drives.

However, you can’t always count on your device to work 100% of the time because of a variety of issues. Hence, there is always the risk of data loss that is a disaster waiting to happen. Moreover, most computer users (especially entrepreneurs) don’t make it a habit to regularly duplicate their files for safe keeping. Their data goes unprotected and they have no one else to blame when they do lose it whether by accident, natural disasters, or cyber attacks, etc.

Data is, without doubt, one of the greatest assets to any business enterprise, especially with GDPR coming into force in the next year. A commitment to backing up your data is therefore a crucial component of ensuring continued business success.

You wouldn’t leave your valuable tangible assets lying around unprotected, but it seems that out of sight is out of mind as many users neglect to protect the intangible asset of data thus placing themselves at the risk of dire consequences.

Research by StollzNow, revealed that a staggering 49% of businesses have reported data loss in the last two years. With almost half of all businesses surveyed experiencing data loss, it’s clear that this is an extremely widespread and serious issue with potentially diabolical consequences.


And since we now know how valuable data is, let’s talk about data recovery. It simply is the process of recovering lost data from any storage device. It consists of steps or advanced methods in securing lost data regardless of how it was lost. In data recovery, experts always suggest taking protective measures like securing backup data to avoid having to deal with the pains of data loss. Data recovery can either be done using data recovery software or with the help of a professional trained to do the job where the latter is often the last resort in case the software fails to recover any of the data that were lost.

Imagine if your data was “taken” but instead of panicking, you instantly became Liam Neeson from the movie “Taken”. The coolest, toughest character ever imagined, who dealt with his own ransom situation – without paying.

WannaCry, a ransomware campaign with unprecedented scale, hit around 200,000 systems across 150 countries.

Australia was no exception, with reports of several businesses impacted by the attack and more local computer systems expecting to be hit.

When ransomware hits: three options for data recovery

“Ransomware” is increasingly becoming the number one cause of data loss for businesses. Software security has become more resilient to cyber attacks, but what happens (and it does happen a lot) when the security systems fail and are bypassed by a simple phishing attack, or a patch not applied?

Many organizations, both big and small, came to a standstill as the ransomware Wannacry hit them hard recently. They can no longer access all their important files after the device has been encrypted and they have no way of getting it back unless they pay the ransom in bitcoins. However, paying the ransom is not always an assurance they can get their data back. In the face of these modern threats, data recovery becomes even more important especially that you lose access to all your files stored in that device during these attacks.

Those skills, are data recovery skills. The only way businesses can ignore any ransomware is to immediately recover from data backup, and the emphasis is on immediately.

Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and while an attack cannot always be avoided, there are steps you can put in place to mitigate the effects of attacks. You can have processes in place to minimise customer impact and the organisation’s own brand and reputation.

For example, achievable Recovery Time Objectives (RTO). RTO refers to the time it takes a business to restore data once a disaster has struck, including bringing your systems back to normal. It may seem straightforward on the surface but to be able to perform quick data recovery, you need to have a powerful data protection solution and an understood and agreed on service level in place.


Good data management is a must if you want to spare yourself from all the headaches of data loss. Even if the reason is a malicious third-party cyber crime, the damage won’t be as severe with a backup in place. Data recoverability is just as crucial as data security considering data is at the heart of every business or organization today. You need not worry about the threats of ransomware with a good data management practice in place.

If you lost your data and the data recovery software you used did not work for you, that’s when you reach out to a professional data recovery expert. However, data recovery can be quite costly. If you hate paying for services you can possibly avoid dealing with, familiarize yourself with the signs of an impending hard drive failure and what you can do before it eventually fails.

Many times computer users don’t realize the value of their data until their hard drive fails and they can no longer access their data. Whatever your gadget is, can enlighten you about what data recovery is all about. You likely have data issues if you have been searching about data recovery on the web. Please feel free to give us a call and we’ll help you figure out what to do to get your precious data back.

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Mac Computers At Risk Of Ransomware

Computers define our modern life. They are everywhere us now. Name any industry and they definitely have an existing computing technology in place. That’s just how the world works today. And the leader of the pack is definitely an Apple computer. The Mac line does not only look classic and elegant but also has standout features that loyal Mac users continue to enjoy.

As the world continues to go digital, various computers have also been targeted by cyber criminals because the opportunity to make money is just there. Millions – if not billions – of people use computers on a daily basis. Many companies run because of computer systems that make their business work for them. Imagine the possibilities to earn money once these systems are hacked. Earlier Windows PCs proved to be vulnerable and became victims of the latest string of ransomware attacks that crippled both public and private sectors in different parts of the globe. While Apple appeared to be safe from most malware attacks in the past, rumors are surfacing that cyber criminals are trying their best to crack Apple’s defenses and penetrate the Mac line at long last. They even sell the software to do so as well as offer technical support.

Mac users are being warned about new variants of malware that have been created specifically to target Apple computers.

One is ransomware that encrypts data and demands payment before files are released.

The other is spyware that watches what users do and scoops up valuable information.

Experts said they represented a threat because their creators were letting anyone use them for free.

The two programs were uncovered by the security firms Fortinet and AlienVault, which found a portal on the Tor “dark web” network that acted as a shopfront for both.

In a blog, Fortinet said the site claimed that the creators behind it were professional software engineers with “extensive experience” of creating working code.


Cyber criminals are now selling the malware software on the dark web to anyone interested in harming Apple computers as long as you can afford to pay the price. They’ve got catchy names too: MacSpy and MacRansom. This new line of malware appears to be less complex than ransomware encryption used in recent Windows attacks. However, there is a higher chance of losing your files after encryption because the software wasn’t that efficient in handling the decryption keys needed to get the files back after encrypting it.

Wardle analyzed the ransomware and found it to be “lame” and developed by an “amateur” or at least someone with little experience with Mac malware. Wardle said that his free anti-malware tools, such as BlockBlock and Ransomwhere, were able to detect and stop the malware out of the box. Moreover, as Fortinet points out in their analysis, it seems like the malware actually isn’t programmed to decrypt the files after payment.

Yet, Wardle added, the ransomware does use some techniques to try to stop researchers or security tools from detecting it, showing that criminals “are upping their game” when it comes to Mac malware.

“Apple continues to improve the security of them,” Wardle said. “But Mac users should just be cautions, should not be not be overconfident, and should not assume that just because they’re using a Mac they’re inherently safe.”


Although malwares targeting Mac is just but a small number compared to those continually wreaking havoc to Windows computers and laptops, there are still quite a few that remains to be a threat to the growing Mac users. The very presence of these malwares means that there are individuals or groups who are dying to hack more sophisticated Apple products. Even Mac users believe their gadgets are infallible and won’t fall prey to the growing list of ransomware software which can also be a disadvantage because they might let their guard down and eventually become victims of such an attack.

These cyber attacks target your data. Once your Mac gets infected by this malware, you can say goodbye to any important files you have because there’s a slim chance you’ll be able to get them back unless you were wise enough to save backups for such an eventuality. When you lose your data, you can try to recover it with the help of the following tips: If it is the hard drive that is the problem, check out to find out how to recover data from your broken Mac hard drive. If you tried your best but nothing seemed to work, don’t hesitate to give us a call because we offer professional data recovery assistance at a reasonable price.

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Smartphones Make You Dumb And Dumber

If there is one thing many people admit they can’t live without these days, it has to be smartphones. Whatever the brand, whether it is Android or iOS, smartphones make the world go round. Like the web, it made life so much easier and completely changed the way we live our lives. You can do countless tasks using a single device. No need to buy a separate calculator, flashlight, alarm clock, calendar, camera, etc. The smartphone got everything rolled into one aside from the gazillion apps you can download and install that also offers various features.

Unfortunately, it is far from perfect. Using a smartphone on a daily basis affects our overall brain power and cognitive capacity for the worst. It is a major distraction where people have to consciously will themselves to ignore if they want to finish their work on time but at the same time, we also rely on them to significantly lighten our mental workload. It causes some parts of the brain to atrophy mainly because of disuse.

Cognitive capacity and overall brainpower are significantly reduced when your smartphone is within glancing distance—even if it’s turned off and face down—according to a recent study. This new report from the University of Texas at Austin, “Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity,” was published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research.

During this study, the UT Austin researchers found that someone’s ability to hold and process data significantly improved if his or her smartphone was in another room while taking a test to gauge attentional control and cognitive processes. Participants who kept their phones in a pocket or bag also outperformed those who kept their phones on the desk while taking the same test. Again, even if the phone was turned off and face down on the desk, the mere sight of one’s own smartphone seemed to induce “brain drain” by depleting finite cognitive resources.


Having a smartphone by your side, you can’t help yourself from constantly checking on it throughout the day. It leaves your mind little time to rest and wander. When you have nothing better to do, it still actually does your body a lot of good by allowing your mind to connect meaningful life experiences, have bigger insights on life, and simply making sense of the many complexities of life.

In the first, participants took a series of difficult tests that required full concentration. Some had their phones sitting on the desk, others were asked to keep it in their pocket or bag, and the rest left their device in another room entirely.

The best scores came from those whose phones were out of the room. Bag phone participants were a distant second, and the worst performers were those with the temptation sitting right on their desk.

“Your conscious mind isn’t thinking about your smartphone, but that process – the process of requiring yourself to not think about something – uses up some of your limited cognitive resources,” said study co-author Prof Adrian Ward.

“It’s a brain drain.”


Just the mere presence of smartphones distracts us from a lot of things. The people who are affected the most are the ones who use it heavily every single day and the brain suffers the most as it loses the downtime for it to think about long-term and deeper connections rather than keeping yourself entertained on the littlest of things all the time. We relish the comfort and convenience offered by smart gadgets, so we no longer have to worry about looking for answers on questions that baffle us the most because we can simply Google them in an instant. If we keep on doing this, our brain will lose its capability to think deeply or stay focused that is crucial in surviving in this increasingly complex world.

But like any tech gadgets, the issue of data loss is still a constant headache for many smart gadget users. Imagine all the photos, videos, songs, and other files saved on that tiny device lost in a snap. If you’re an Android user, here are some tips on how to recover lost data:

Individuals may be obsessing over their smartphones but we can’t deny that computers still reign supreme. The hard drive is one of the most vital parts of any computer because that’s where data is stored. Hard drive failure is not only stressful but costly too. Ease your worries by learning more about hard drive repair here: For professional assistance, you can always call us for help.

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The World Can’t Live Without Computer Servers

The world continues to evolve as technologies improve over time. Who would’ve thought smart gadgets would become an important part of our lives today? How about the Internet? It’s the information superhighway and the web that holds almost everything (and everyone) together. With its help, everything we now have become a reality. And as technology keeps on improving, more and more individuals and groups merge and use the web for a variety of reasons.

For instance, there is a greater need for computer servers today. A computer server is where data and files are stored and also facilitates the retrieval and sending of these data to other networks through a wired or wireless connection. Most of the time, small businesses connect their computers using a local network. Meanwhile, the World Wide Web is the global network that uses countless computer servers from all over the world. Servers can store more data and have more processing power than your typical computer and are the backbone for all the progress we now enjoy today.

The big-ticket fight on the tech frontier is happening not in happy homes bathed in WiFi but in the cold, warehouse-sized buildings that house rows upon rows of computer equipment that function as the invisible locomotive of the internet. About $1 trillion will be spent in 2017 on this and other gear typically purchased by corporations and governments. (Yes, you read that stunning figure correctly.)

The world couldn’t function without this hardware, including refrigerator-sized racks of computer servers that are the matched set for each interaction of a digital device. Every time someone asks Amazon Echo to play music or Walmart crunches numbers on its inventory, computer servers somewhere are firing on for those tasks. 

Most people wouldn’t know a computer server if they saw one. But with the notable exception of transportation, few corners of technology are undergoing more disruptive change with so much money at stake. Sales of servers and other equipment for the world’s digital backbone was a stodgy affair for decades, controlled by stodgy companies such as IBM, Dell and the company now called Hewlett Packard Enterprise. It’s not stodgy anymore. 


Most computer servers used by big companies like Amazon and Google are actually manufactured by nameless Asian companies that supply the needed customized hardware by these tech giants that provide the server needs of many small-time businesses and individuals throughout the globe. They don’t always buy the more popular brands sold by equally big names in the industry because of the higher price tag.

Storage had to be cheap but reliable and for many industries was an important part of corporate governance and compliance.

But the bottle neck was in processing power – faster servers were more important than more quickly accessible memory.

That old storage world has disappeared into the cloud.

In house storage and back-up systems cannot compete with cloud providers on price or ease of use. You can call up more storage resources instantly and you don’t have to pay for capacity you’re not using and you don’t lose space in your data centre.

At the same time the demand from the business for storage closer to hand is growing at an ever accelerating rate.


Despite the growing popularity of the cloud, companies that offer cloud-based services still make use of physical servers in their own chilly warehouses to meet the increasing computing and data storage needs of individuals who either use smart gadgets or computers at home, at work, or in school. More often than not, it is more cost-effective to use the cloud rather than pay for your own server facility especially if you are still a struggling start-up. It’s a different story if we talk about big data but the fact remains that the world needs computer servers more than ever.

Regardless of the importance of computer servers, most ordinary individuals only concern themselves about hard drives because their computers are virtually useless without it. If you want to spare yourself from the worries of hard drive failure and eventual data loss, learn to prevent the problem before it even happens. For clicking noises, this may come in handy For small businesses using a much older server like RAID servers, can give you insights about RAID data recovery. Or, you can always count on us for expert help at a reasonable price.

The World Can’t Live Without Computer Servers was initially published to The Hard Drive Recovery Associates Blog


Fixing A Corrupted Hard Drive

The computer needs the hard drive in order to store and retrieve data needed by its user. It is a non-volatile memory hardware that also goes by the name HD, HDD, or hard disk drive that works even when the computer is off.  It is comprised of one or several platters within an air-sealed casing where you write data through a magnetic head. A data cable connects the hard drive to the computer and a separate power cable leading to the power supply. Hard drives contain all sorts of created or downloaded files as well as support software programs and the operating system used.

Hard drives contain movable parts making it prone to mechanical failure. It can easily sustain corrupted areas on some parts because of overexposure to static electricity as data is written on spinning platters. You can still see it as a disk but are unable to access it once the hard drive becomes corrupted. And because it contains precious data more often than not, you are probably wondering how you can recover this lost data if ever it is possible at all.

If the hard drive you’re trying fix contains your important data, then you should use a data recovery software to extract the photos, music, videos and other files before they’re gone forever. Here are some great data recovery tools you can use.

Now, in order to fix a hard disk drive that’s gone rogue, we should start with the basics because we have to make sure that the hard drive is corrupt or not in the first place.

It might be possible the problem was nothing but a loose screw, and we repaired the whole bicycle. Here are some ways which might help you repair corrupted hard drive.

Check the power supply

If you’re using an external hard drive, then it’s possible that the storage media is taking the power from the USB port itself. Try to unplug the hard drive and connect it again in the process of hard drive fix. You can also try another USB port on your computer, maybe the one you’re using isn’t working properly. Make sure haven’t disabled your USB ports.


Unknown to many, hard drives actually have a hardware monitoring system known as S.M.A.R.T. that is built-in in computer desktops although you can’t easily check its status in Windows. Fortunately, you can see it through the WMIC or the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line) in CMD or the utility CrystalDiskInfo as an alternate option that gives you an idea how well your hard drive is doing.

To keep it simple, there are two different ways to retrieve corrupted data: using a data recovery software tool and getting help from a professional data recovery service provider.

In some cases the damage is not that severe and data recovery software can successfully find fragmented parts of the file on other sectors of the disk and rebuild it.

Be warned, though, as DIY data recovery is always a risky business. Using data recovery software (as well as trying other DIY methods) can be hazardous when used incorrectly. As a rule, these tools shouldn’t be used on the original drive – instead they should be used with an image or copy of the drive. By doing so, there is still a chance for data recovery experts to forge a successful recovery if DIY attempts fail. What’s more, it prevents more damage to the drive and eliminates the chance of destroying the files for good. Files recovered by software tools should also not be written back to the original volume until they have been fully tested and verified.


Losing precious data can get on your nerves and bring out the worst in you but try to keep calm and stay level-headed or risk inflicting more damage to your already failing hard drive. Aside from the use of certain software, a sure-fire way to fix a corrupted hard drive is by hiring professional data recovery engineers that won’t only help you recover lost data and rebuild corrupted files but even repair the damage to make your hard drive usable again using highly specialized tools and their extensive understanding of hard drives and computer systems.

If ever you see a hard drive error popping on your screen, hope this can help so it doesn’t get worse over time. If your hard drive is already broken and you badly want your data back, may be the one you are looking for.  While there is a possibility you can get your lost data back, there is also a likelihood that you won’t, so be cautious when using it and also be wary of signs that indicate it may fail you sooner rather than later.

The following article Fixing A Corrupted Hard Drive is republished from The Hard Drive Recovery Associates Blog


Lost Your Data? Here’s What You Should Do (Or Probably Not)

Technology rules the world. There’s no point denying that. Everywhere you look, you’d see various tech gadgets and knick knacks dominating our life. As important as technology is, another equally important piece of commodity is data. Data pertains to all sorts of information that has been input on a computer system or even on the web. Hackers would resort to all tricks of their trade to steal valuable personal data for their personal gain.

If you suddenly find yourself unable to access important personal data because it was accidentally deleted, your file or system was corrupted, or the computer or laptop is now beyond repair, do you know what to do to salvage your data or do you just think of it as one of those things you have to deal with in life. Whether you are using a hard disk, SSD or flash drives, there is still a chance to save your data if you know what to do (or perhaps what not to do).

Hard drive failure is an inevitable fact of life — whether its your own fault or just an unfortunate byproduct of age. There will also come a time in your life when you’re going to want to recover a thing or two from said dead drive.

Your computer’s hard drive stores everything from your precious baby photos and financial data to your coveted illegal music catalog and work documents, among other things. To put it simply, your hard drive is essentially your life housed in a little mechanical box that functions as a data vault, one that can leave you utterly broken when it decides enough is enough. Although discouraging, hard drive failure doesn’t necessarily mean all is lost (though it can), it is possible to salvage and recover information and data contents from that expensive paperweight of yours. It just takes a bit of effort and a hell of a lot of luck.


Be rational and level-headed when faced with data loss issues. Sometimes you do more harm in your attempt to salvage the situation in a panic than taking a little time first to assess the situation. You may inadvertently lose the chance to retrieve your data by acting so callously.

We’ve all been there at some point in our lives; you accidentally delete your most recent copy of that presentation you’ve been working on for the past few days. You didn’t mean to click ‘yes’ on that popup and you accidentally format your external hard drive with all your photos on. You drop your iPad in the bath while you’re watching your favorite Netflix series… any of these sound familiar?

In most cases, if you’ve lost data there is still a chance that it can be recovered. However, for that to be possible there are some things you should and shouldn’t do in order to preserve your data. Here’s a quick bite-sized overview of the things you should remember when you think you may have been affected by data loss:


  • Stop what you are doing
  • Keep calm and make notes
  • Check for backups
  • Notify a specialist
  • Package your device properly


  • Don’t panic

  • Use your device further


  • DIY methods

  • Open your hard drive


Most computers/laptops these days use hard drives for data storage. When that hard drive fails and your data ends up corrupted, you need not panic right away but still, maintain a presence of mind to prevent permanent data loss. While the Internet may offer you lots of tips about the matter, you should not always act on it especially if you don’t have previous know-how about computers and these technologies or risk inflicting more damage than what was previously.

You’ll get more ideas about data recovery through this link: Your data is precious and some can’t be replicated anymore, so it just makes perfect sense that you want it back at all cost. But if possible, try addressing the issue of, so you save yourself from the woes and stress brought by the consequential data recovery after.

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