Sunday, 18 August 2019

Get To Know The Features Of The iPadOS

Apple never fails to excite us. It always gives us something new to look forward to. With their latest iPadOS, we’re, again, tickled with excitement but what is it really about? How different is it from the operating system that we’ve all gotten used to?

So, if you're confused about Apple changing the iPad's operating system from iOS to iPadOS, you're not alone. Announced at WWDC 2019, the change is meant to signify that the iPad's operating system is different from the iPhone's — even though iPadOS is fundamentally similar to what this operating system used to be when it was called iOS 12.

(Via: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/ipados-exclusive-ipad-features)

We’ll go through each feature of the iPadOS but before we get right into it, here’s something to take note of.

First of all, let's clear up a likely misconception about iPadOS: the iPad's newly found support for the mouse isn't an exclusive feature in iPadOS. The iOS 13 beta has also brought this feature to the iPhone. This definitely proves the feature is more about accessibility for those with different needs than for users who want to make the iPad more like a laptop.

(Via: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/ipados-exclusive-ipad-features)

With the misconception cleared up, let's now look at the  features of the iPadOS. Let’s start with their multitasking feature.

Available on iOS on iPads since iOS 9, the split-view and slide-over modes are still not on iPhones and will get much better in iPadOS 13. First of all, you get the ability to split your screen between the same app, by holding down on a link and dragging it to the other side of the display.

That may not sound huge, but now you can view two tabs from the same web browser at once and not have to use Safari and Chrome to do it. There's also slide-over apps, which have a new, card-like interface.

(Via: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/ipados-exclusive-ipad-features)

The Apple stylus just got a lot smarter. Take a look at how the iPadOS has transformed it.

The iPad's also the only Apple device that supports Apple's stylus, which is getting smarter. For starters, drawing from a corner of the screen opens markup mode in iPadOS 13, which is a much easier way to take a screenshot than using the iPad's buttons.

The cooler trick of markup mode is the Full Page option in the top of the screen, which lets you capture a screenshot of an entire web page, not just the section you're looking at. iPhone users wish they had this functionality, as screenshot stitcher apps rarely (if ever) work properly.

When you connect your iPad to a MacBook, the Pencil even works in Sidecar mode if you’re running macOS Catalina (coming soon). This gives some an alternative to a Wacom or Cintiq tablet.

(Via: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/ipados-exclusive-ipad-features)

Give your fingers a break. The iPadOS includes all the gestures that can help you edit messages or documents easily.

If you don't have an iPad keyboard cover case, you're probably a bit tired of the tapping and shaking it takes to perform simple text-editing commands that are supereasy in macOS. For example, a three-finger pinch copies selected text, and repeating that gesture cuts out the text.

The inverse of that gesture, spreading three fingers, is how you almost magically paste in iPadOS. Made a mistake? Drag three fingers to the left to undo (moving three fingers to the right to redo works as well).

Selecting items in a list is also easier in iPadOS: You just drag two fingers down a stack of items in list view, such as emails or notes. This will be a great way to batch-archive and flag messages.

(Via: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/ipados-exclusive-ipad-features)

Introducing the latest innovative feature called Sidecar.

So, you say you want a touch-screen MacBook? Apple is willing to meet you halfway with a new feature called Sidecar, which turns your iPad into an extension of your MacBook, so long as you’re running macOS Catalina. The only other thing you need is a cable to tether them together (such as a USB Type-C-to-Type-C cable for the 2018 iPad Pros or the Lightning-to-USB Type-C cable for the 2017 iPad Pro).

Then, you just click the Displays menu bar icon on your Mac and select the connected iPad. Now, you've got a second screen for your Mac and the ability to use your Apple Pencil to draw in macOS apps such as Photoshop and Pixelmator.

(Via: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/ipados-exclusive-ipad-features)
The Dock is a lot bigger and smarter.

The iPad's so much wider than the iPhone that it makes sense for the tablet to have more apps in its dock. But wait, there's more. On the right corner of the Dock you get three suggested apps from iPadOS, which is trying to figure out what you want before you do.

Oh, and this Dock also plays nice with iPadOS' multitasking tricks. If you've got an app spread across different split views and slide overs, you can view all of its current open instances by tapping on its icon in the Dock.

(Via: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/ipados-exclusive-ipad-features)

Another exciting feature of the iPadOS is that you can finally use an external storage with your iPad. Yes, finally you can plug one into your iPad.

Provided your storage accessories feature Lightning or USB Type-C connectors (or you have an adapter), you can finally plug external storage (including external hard drives, SD card readers or USB drives) into your iPad. You'll bring those files into your iPad via the Files app.

(Via: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/ipados-exclusive-ipad-features)

These are just a handful of features that you can expect from iPadOS. One thing is for sure, you’ll be able to store more data with it. While that could be exciting, it could also be a downside especially if the hard drive fails. Suffice to say, even the external storage could fail as well.

That shouldn’t derail from experiencing the iPadOS because the guys at from the Harddriverecovery.org can help you with your Mac, in case of a hard drive failure. These guys are trained to perform https://www.harddriverecovery.org/mac-data-recovery/ so that the life span of your Apple hardware is extended and your data are secure.

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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Practical Ways To Clean Up Your Mac

Need more space on your Mac? Well, it’s probably time to clean it up. You could do it manually or use a couple of programs that can help you save some of your precious time. Either way, you can clean up your Mac to have more space.

If your Mac's hard drive is bursting at the seams—slowing things down and leaving no room for new music, photos, and documents—it's time to do a little cleaning. You could try your hand at manually weeding out unnecessary files, or you can turn to a few programs that will automate much of the process.

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The first thing you can do is to check all your files. This way, you’ll know what’s taking up so much space and you can delete the files that you don’t really need.

The bigger the files you can delete, the more space you can free up—so let's go hunting. Click the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the menu bar and choose About This Mac.

If that overview says you're running macOS 10.12 Sierra or higher, then you can merely click the Storage tab to get a basic idea of what's taking up so much space on your drive—like documents, photos, music, and so on. If you discover you have 100GB of music on a 128GB drive, for example, then it's a fair bet you should clean up that iTunes library.

Click the Manage button and you will have the option to see a much more detailed breakdown. The left sidebar shows you each of the aforementioned categories, and you can click on them to see the biggest files of that type. For example, you may find that you have multiple gigabytes of video from an old project you no longer need, or huge iOS backups from devices you no longer own.

Right-click any of these files to delete them, and you should be able to free up a decent amount of space. (Just don't forget to empty the Trash when you're done—if files are in the Trash, they're still taking up space on your Mac!)

If you don't have macOS Sierra, or you want to drill down even further into your system, you can accomplish similar things with a tool like Disk Inventory X. It may not be the prettiest disk space analyzer available for macOS, but it's free and offers an exhaustive list of which folders, files, and file types are hogging your hard drive.

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You can also use a software than can help you find duplicate files.

The best way to find duplicate files is with a third-party app like Gemini 2. It's rather expensive for a full license, but the free trial should be all you need for a quick duplicate search—just run the scan, and click the drop-down arrows next to each of the results to see which files are actually duplicates you can delete.

The paid version will clean up those files automatically, while the free version makes you do it one-by-one. We recommend the latter anyway, so you don't accidentally delete something you need.

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Moving your files to the cloud is another practical way to clean up your Mac. You might have to pay for a cloud service. It depends on what you choose.

You can also choose to store documents, photos, and/or messages in iCloud instead of on your computer. You'll likely need to buy iCloud storagefor this feature to be useful, though.

If you use another cloud syncing service, like Dropbox, open its settings and make sure you're only syncing the folders you need. If you have large files in the cloud that you don't access regularly on this machine—perhaps you only have them there for backup purposes—you can de-select those folders in the settings of your cloud storage app so they don't sync to your Mac. They'll still be available from Dropbox.com if you need them, but they won't take up space on your computer.

(Via: https://sea.pcmag.com/gallery/33096/how-to-free-up-disk-space-on-your-mac)

For more space on your Mac, consider clearing caches and removing temporary files.

Your computer keeps a collection of temporary files on its hard drive so it can re-access them later. Many people advocate clearing these caches occasionally to free up space, but unlike the above tricks, clearing temporary files only helps you...well, temporarily.

Those caches will fill right back up as you continue using your computer, so this is only worthwhile if you're extremely low on space and just need to get by for a few days while you finish that large project, or wait for a bigger hard drive in the mail.

CCleaner is a free program that will scan your system for temporary internet files, system logs, and other unnecessary files. Install the app, open it up, and click the Analyze button in the bottom-right corner. It'll present you with a list of removable files, and you can click Run Cleaner to delete them.

If you want something more thorough, CleanMyMac X was able to find even more deletable files on my system, but it costs $35 for a one-year license.

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If you really need more space, you can either upgrade your internal storage or get yourself an external drive.

If you're still low on space after going through all the above steps, it may be time to bite the bullet and upgrade your storage. You can upgrade the internal drive on some older Macs, but most of Apple's modern offerings solder the storage onto the motherboard. As a result, you are then forced to buy a new Mac if you want more internal storage. (Google your specific model of Mac and see what your options are.)

If you can't upgrade the internal storage, hope is not lost: you can still grab an external drive and offload some of your less-used files to that instead.

(Via: https://sea.pcmag.com/gallery/33096/how-to-free-up-disk-space-on-your-mac)

Obviously, it’s pretty easy to clean up your Mac. It’s something you can do yourself. Simple tasks such as finding and deleting files are a no-brainer. But what if you accidentally delete something and you’re not able to find it anymore? There’s a possibility that you can end up doing that while cleaning up your Mac.

If you seemed to have deleted a file accidentally, you would need someone who is trained to do a Mac data recovery. A https://www.harddriverecovery.org/professional-data-recovery.html firm is what you will need to find that someone.

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Mac Data Recovery Services Provider Talks Apple-Ready External Drives

In two of its recent blog posts, Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses the availability of external hard drives for iPhone and iPad, as well as broaches the question of what situations a user may need a hard drive recovery service for. The posts continue the data recovery service's educational series on backup, data protection and safety intended on informing customers.

In the post entitled, "Using External Drives With Your iPad or iPhone is Now Possible", Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses a brand new feature that is slated to come with iOS13 and iPad OS, both of which are slated to be released later in 2019. That feature, of course, is the ability for iPad and iPhone users to attach Lightning-based external hard drives or with an adapter, USB3 external drives. This can greatly lessen the need for Mac oriented data recovery.

"This can only be seen as a major win for people who own iPhone or iPad computers," said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group. "One of the key difficulties that many people who own smartphones or tablets is that typically it is not possible to backup data without an intermediary device such as a PC or Mac. This will make Mac related backups quick and painless, and enable users to be far more consistent."

The post highlights the relative ease of working with an iPad/External hard drive combination, particularly as it relates to the copying of files. One of the additional bonuses is that the devices with iOS13 will allow third party apps to import files directly from an external drive, which enables the user to avoid using the Files or Photos feature. The result is a more streamlined, simple to use file transfer process that finally mirrors the relative ease available to Windows users.

"Taking a look at Mac products, there are usually more hoops to jump through when it comes to working within the Operating System, so these recent feature additions are hugely welcome," said Davies. "As the data on an Apple device gets safer, and is easy to backup, users can avoid the often steep price of Mac data recovery."

In a second post, entitled "Why You Need A Hard Drive Recovery Service", discusses some of the main reasons why hard drive crashes occur, and what a user can do in the event that files are accidentally deleted.

"One of the simplest problems to solve that causes the most user panic tends to be deleted files," said Davies. "Fortunately, the amount of data recovery software online that is built specifically for this purpose tends to be quite vast. Professional data recovery services rarely have to get involved with these minor file problems, simply because there are so many software based solution to it."

While accidental deletions tend to be much less problematic for users, actual physical damage to a solid state drive or Mac hard disk drive platters or heads can make for difficult situations. In cases like these, there is almost no alternative to dealing with a professional, bona fide hard drive recovery service.

"One of the mistakes that technically or mechanically knowledgeable people tend to commit the most is opening a hard drive and attempting to fix the drive by purchasing additional hard drive parts," said Davies. "The issue with many of these do-it-yourself repairs is simply that users tend to make errors that can literally destroy their data and make it inaccessible even to a professional. Once that line is crossed and the media or data is damaged, there is no turning back."

Davies recommends that a data recovery service be called immediately in these situations, particularly if there appears to be some kind of electronic problem or clicking sound.

"A user that understands when it's time to get help will be rewarded during the recovery process," said Davies.



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Sunday, 11 August 2019

Recovering Deleted Files From USB: Can You Do It On Mac?

Interestingly, you can. I didn’t think it was possible unit I came across this article and got curious about it. Apparently, there is a way for Mac users to recover some of their deleted files from a USB flash drive.

Are you a Mac user and want to recover deleted files from USB flash drive? Well, in today’s world of science and information, no one wants to lose their data and valuable information. Sometimes, the data and information are deleted accidentally.

However, you shouldn’t worry about this at all. With the advanced technology now it’s also possible to get back the deleted files from USB flash drive too. Yes, like your hard disk recovery now you can also recover your USB with the help of software. In this content, I will share you about flash drive recovery Mac.

(Via: http://thetechnews.com/2019/06/13/recover-deleted-files-from-usb-flash-drive-on-mac-free-and-easy/)

For you to use your Mac to recover deleted files from your USB flash drive, you would need a software to get it done. You can make use of the various flash drive data recovery software for Mac but according to the article, the Disk Drill 3 is the best.

First thing first, you have to choose software for recovering your USB flash drive flies and other documents. This is the most important part as you are a Mac user. Though there is some data recovery software available the Disk Drill 3 is the best of all. I will recommend you to go with Disk Drill 3 software for recovering deleted files from your USB.

(Via: http://thetechnews.com/2019/06/13/recover-deleted-files-from-usb-flash-drive-on-mac-free-and-easy/)

It’s not enough to know that the Disk Drill 3 is the best software you can use on your Mac to recover data from your USB flash drive. To make sure that your deleted data are safe and retrievable, you need to know how the software works.

As a matter of fact, you need more than just a bird’s eye view on how any flash drive data recovery software works on Mac. Whether you choose to use the Disk Drill 3 or not, you need to learn more about the software. That way, you can successfully recover deleted data.

You should know how actually data recovery software works for data recovery along with the data recovery process. You should wisely choose the best software for your Mac pc for recovering lost data. The best software can make your work done successfully.

(Via: http://thetechnews.com/2019/06/13/recover-deleted-files-from-usb-flash-drive-on-mac-free-and-easy/)

If you decide to use the Disk Drill 3, you’re on the right path. One of the reasons why that particular software is highly recommended is because of its promise to keep data private. Data privacy is a crucial element in any data recovery software.

You should not use data recovery software that has a bad review regarding the privacy issue. Always try to choose the one that ensures your privacy. In that case, Disk Drill 3 is very much promising.

(Via: http://thetechnews.com/2019/06/13/recover-deleted-files-from-usb-flash-drive-on-mac-free-and-easy/)

It’s no wonder why the Disk Drill 3 has been downloaded 10 million times. Seems like a lot of people are trusting it to get back their deleted data from their USB flash drive.

Over 10 million downloads this software is taking its place. The features will give you the ultimate facility while recovering data. The Disk Drill 3 is not only available for Mac OS but also for windows OS too.

(Via: http://thetechnews.com/2019/06/13/recover-deleted-files-from-usb-flash-drive-on-mac-free-and-easy/)

Here are a couple of features that make the Disk Drill 3 a trusted data recovery software.

• Offers you free smart Disk Monitoring feature to stay safe from any potential disk issue.
• It can locate unused files and Space hogs and able to clean up storage.
• With Disk Drill 3 you can find duplicate file in multiple locations.
• It also protects your data.
• Data backup is now easier with Disk Drill 3.

(Via: http://thetechnews.com/2019/06/13/recover-deleted-files-from-usb-flash-drive-on-mac-free-and-easy/)

Here are the steps in using the Disk Drill 3.

1. First, download and install the Disk Drill 3 on your pc
2. Then connect the USB drive
3. Open the Software
4. Scan the USB drive that you want to recover
5. Preview your files and make sure which files should be recovered
6. Recover your lost files

(Via: http://thetechnews.com/2019/06/13/recover-deleted-files-from-usb-flash-drive-on-mac-free-and-easy/)

The Disk Drill 3 software seems pretty easy to use. Unfortunately, ease-of-use is not enough for you to trust any kind of software. What you need from a flash drive data recovery software is the guarantee that you’re going to get back your files. If that guarantee depends on your knowledge of the software, then think twice about using it.

This is not to contradict the fact that the Disk Drill 3 is the best. It probably is the best; but if I have to learn more about it to successfully recover my files, then there’s just no guarantee that human error could get in the way.

I am staunch believer that https://www.harddriverecovery.org/hard-drive-recovery-service.html shouldn’t be delivered by amateurs. There are https://www.harddriverecovery.org/data-recovery-experts.html who can do the job very well.

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Thursday, 8 August 2019

Data Recovery Services Company Talks Data Security And Electronic Identity In New Blogs

In two of its latest blog posts, Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses data security and electronic identity protection, a subject of particular importance consider the current furor over the FTC's Equifax Data Breach Settlement. The posts are part of a continuing series of articles stressing data protection and safety with an aim to help data recovery customers safeguard their data to avoid future mishaps.

In the post entitled "Is There A Difference Between Data Security And Data Privacy", Hard Drive Recovery Group breaks down two concepts that are inextricably linked, and yet somewhat different than each other. As stated in the article, "you can have security without privacy, but you cannot have privacy without security."

"The realm of data security is one in which larger companies are more likely to be the stakeholders, as they tend to collect reams of data about customers, vendors and other stakeholders," said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group. "Meanwhile, data privacy laws and regulations are typically created to protect the data of the individual, and hold up companies with bad data security policies to critical scrutiny."

While it is not typically possible for individuals to have control over their personal data once it has been divulged to a business, data privacy tools do prevent unauthorized corporate actors from profiting from that same data. These tools may include specialized browser extensions, encrypted messaging, proxies and ad blockers. Keeping data safely backed up also helps.

Companies have a much more critical responsibility to keep their customers and prospects data private and tend to use data security tools such as identity and access management, data loss prevention and masking software. Enterprise servers such as Exchange and Oracle tend to offer robust security technologies as well.

Meanwhile, in a second blog post entitled "Is Your Electronic Identity Safe", Hard Drive Recovery Group looks at some solid techniques to enable individual users to keep their personal data as safe as possible without going to absurd extremes. In today's social media-heavy environment, it may seem difficult to consider, but one of the key points to securing your electronic identity is shockingly simple: do not be too giving about personal information on the web.

"One of the most difficult things for many people to understand these days is that everything you put on the Internet, including at places like Instagram and Facebook, puts you at risk for some kind of electronic identity theft," said Davies. "It is important when using any kind of social media to make sure privacy settings are correct for a user's comfort level. Checking privacy settings monthly will help ensure there are no ugly surprises down the line."

While it remains a very important idea to shred all documents with personal information on them such as old tax records, W-2s and others, hard drives, thumb drives and mobile devices can provide a new avenue for identity thieves. It is always critical for a privacy concerned citizen to install a digital data shredder such as the freely available Eraser program. Other titles include WipeFile, Freeraser and Secure Eraser, each of which tackle digital data-shredding in a similar way.

"The beauty of digital shredder programs is that they tend to be automatic, and it is often possible to delete data to extremely highly secure levels," said Davies. "Another bonus is that these shredders tend to be either free or extremely cheap, meaning there really isn't an economic reason to not install them automatically."

As a data recovery service provider responsible for recovering thousands of terabytes of data per month from both companies and individuals, Hard Drive Recovery Group has always had a robust security policy when it comes to data. But even individuals can safeguard data easily - as long as social media is kept at arm's length.



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Recovering Data From A Hard Drive Can Be Easy, According To Study

Data loss is a scary scenario. Everything stops when you lose critical data. Unless you have backups to rely on, you can just move on and do what you’re supposed to do.

Granted that your backups are good, you would still have to recover your lost data from your hard drive. As a safety measure, you just have to do it.

You can’t leave your critical data stored in a useless hard drive. Remember, someone could always steal critical data from a disposed hard drive. Hence, you really have to recover data from it, no matter what.

Now, that could be a tedious task for you to do, especially if you’re not a techy person. Even if you are, would have all the time in the world to do it?

According to a study, you wouldn’t have to fret over recovering data from a hard drive.

A study by OneWorldHerald.com on recovering lost hard drive data has shown that one can recover their lost data by following some basic steps. As a lot of techie people who work on their projects face the problem of data loss, they opt for a number of data recovery services to recover their lost data.

(Via: https://oneworldherald.com/2019/06/17/study-shows-the-common-ways-on-how-to-recover-lost-hard-drive-data/)

Whether you’re a techy or a non-techy person, relying on a data recovery service is the easiest way to go about data loss. One good example of a data recovery service is the Harddriverecovery.org. This particular data recovery service is composed of trained technicians who can diagnose, secure, and most importantly, recover your precious data.

So why go through the trouble of dong it yourself? Unfortunately, there are some folks who take it upon themselves to recover their lost data. According to the study, some of these folks end up using recovery software to recover their lost data.

It has been shown in the study that most of the people use recovery software to restore their lost files and formatted data. Many free data recovery software available online helps to easily recover from crashed hard drive. With the use of data recovery software such as DiskDrill, it is possible to get all the lost data back. However, it facilitates the recovery of copies of important documents and files.

(Via: https://oneworldherald.com/2019/06/17/study-shows-the-common-ways-on-how-to-recover-lost-hard-drive-data/)

Choosing to use a recovery software is big risk. Although there’s nothing wrong with it, you just have to make sure that you will be able to recover your critical data with it. If that recovery software fails you, the chances of getting back your data become slimmer.

Even the trained technicians from the Harddriverecovery.org will ask you first if you had used a data recovery software. This is part of their service.  Before anything else, they will diagnose your hard drive.

So, if you’re not sure about the recovery software, don’t even bother with it. Save yourself the trouble because if it doesn’t work out, you’ll be ending up going to a recovery service for help. The bottom line is, don’t try to do it yourself by relying on a recovery software.

The study highlighted the mistake which people make is that they try to recover data on their own even if they don’t have any knowledge about the recovery process. Under such cases, it is required to contact the data recovery specialists to get the job done. Another easy way to recover files on its own is through recycle bin. In the case of recovering deleted files, it is possible to recover the lost files by restoring them.

(Via: https://oneworldherald.com/2019/06/17/study-shows-the-common-ways-on-how-to-recover-lost-hard-drive-data/)

The most that you can do yourself when recovering lost data is to check your Recycle Bin. If you’re lucky enough to see your files there, then you can just easily restore them back to your desktop. It will just take a couple of clicks to do that. Obviously, that is something that you can do yourself.

Now, what if you can’t find your files in the Recycle Bin? What are you to do? Spare yourself the trouble and take it from the OneWorldHerald.com study. Don’t do it yourself. Instead, rely on trained technicians from a reliable recovery service.

That said, always keep in mind that harddriverecovery.org/hard-drive-data-recovery.html is not a job for you to do. Even the study says so.

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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

RAID Data Recovery Services Provider Offers Backup Tips In Latest Blog Posts

Continuing its efforts to keep data recovery services customers educated about data safety and protection, Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses preparation techniques for when a person sells a computer and interesting backup options with two of its latest blog posts.

In our modern replace-once-obsolete world, buying a new computer can be a joy that many people find quite fulfilling. New RAM, larger capacity drives and high performance chips make buying a new computer exciting, but what of selling an old computer? It only makes sense to attempt to finance a new purchase by selling the old system, and yet many users are discovering that their "safe sale" may be far more dangerous than they thought.

In the blog post, "The Most Important Thing To Do Before Selling Your Old Computer," Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses a recent study published by researchers that purchased a number of used hard drives on Ebay. According to the study, over 42% of the drives actually contained data, while 15% of the drives actually contained personally identifiable information, including scanned images of passports and valuable identification.

"One of the reasons why data recovery services even exists as a business is simply because of the fact that even if a user thinks she has deleted a file from a hard drive, it may in fact still be there," said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Irvine, CA's Hard Drive Recovery Group. "Few folks seem to understand this, and assume that a 'quick format' or overall file deletion is going to eliminate the drive's data. The fact is, it does not."

One of the primary issues for users is that they assume that if they delete files and then empty their drive's Recycle Bin, their drive files are permanently deleted. The study showed this was not the case. And unfortunately, even deeper formatting left data that could be recovered.

"Really, if a person is planning to sell a computer and wants to be assured that the data on the drive is eliminated, the right tools are necessary," said Davies. "Fortunately, there are a number of disk wiping tools available, including Eraser, which are either cheap or free. Download one of those programs easily, and the process is better in general."

In a second blog post, entitled, "Backup and Storage Options We Should All Consider", Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses not only the reasons to backup data, but also the best avenues for it. This approach continues to win fans. One key point is that there is really very little excuse for companies to be relying on older backup methods.

"It really is almost comedic when a company that has a $10,000 RAID 10 server that they are backing up with digital backup tapes from the early 2000s," said Davies. "Not only does this usually end really badly, but users today have far more choices for large scale backup than they have ever had. To ignore new technologies when business and personal data is so valuable is simply ridiculous."

Popular backup technologies like separate RAID servers, NAS appliances and Cloud backup providers are easily some of the most popular new enterprise technologies, and those in the know tend to use them regularly. This can save a business thousands of dollars on processes like RAID data recovery. For smaller businesses and personal files, SSD drives, external hard drives and even the now seemingly ancient flash drives are suitable backup options as well. There is never an excuse to not backup your data, said Davies, especially when the tools are so available.

"We're in an era where hard drive capacity has never been cheaper to purchase, so if backing up your drive is a goal, you can add redundancy really cheaply," said Davies. "A user doesn't have to deal with enterprise RAID backups to tape anymore. It's just not responsible."



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