Monday, 18 September 2017

Warning Signs Of A Hard Drive Failure

Technology can leave many people dazed and confused at times because of the numerous technical aspects of this industry. Computers, for instance, are the highlight but there are many other components that are just as important as the end product. We have different uses for computers. It is helpful in doing administrative and clerical tasks in any institution or workplace, even at school. You can surf the web with it and discover all the wonderful things that the Internet has to offer – from social media to the many good things you can use if you are an entrepreneur who wants to take your business to the next level.

Data is a big thing. From photos to videos to important life-changing documents stashed somewhere on your PC’s hard drive, you want 24/7 access to them for when the need arises. And most of the time, your computer cooperates and makes life easy for you. Unfortunately, there is that slim chance when your hard drive will fail you and you can no longer access these precious data you can’t live without. When that happens, data recovery may be your best bet although it’s not a 100% assurance that you can really get your data back. Hence, be wary and observant all the time because there are telltale signs that your computer may be going on a hibernate mode sooner rather than later.

WARNINGS

With almost every component in your PC, you’ll see warning signs of a part going bad and in need of replacement. The hard drive is not an exception. Here are some signs to look out for:

Disappearing files: Files can be lost do to mechanical problems with the disk itself, and in some cases, you’ll be able to tell as the disk usually makes some out-of-the-ordinary noises when things are going haywire.

Computer freezing: A computer freezing is a common occurrence, and it’s almost always solved by a quick reboot. However, if you find that that it’s becoming more and more frequent, your hard drive could be on its last leg.

Corrupted data: If you’ve downloaded and installed files without a hitch, but suddenly out of nowhere, files have become corrupt, it’s possible that your hard drive is experiencing a gradual failure.

Bad sectors: A sector on a hard drive stores a certain amount of data accessible by the user. There are two types of sectors, a hard and soft sector. In most cases, Windows is able to repair a soft bad sector, as it’s almost always related to a software mishap. Formatting the drive will almost always fix this. But, if it’s a hard bad sector, this indicates physical damage, which can not be repaired.

(Via: https://www.pcmech.com/article/hard-drive-failure-warnings-and-solutions/)

Your hard drive may have bad, corrupted, or damaged sectors preventing you from gaining access to files/data stored within. You may be able to remedy such a situation but a mechanical hard drive failure is almost always a lost cause. Fortunately, the warning signs mentioned above can give you an idea of the state of your hard drive’s health and whether there is a reason for you to worry at all.

Running Chkdsk on an Unbootable Hard Drive

If you are unable to reach the Windows 10 desktop, you can try booting into the Windows 10 recovery environment, launch the command prompt, then schedule chkdsk there.

Turn your computer on and off three times while booting. Make sure you shut down the computer when you see the Windows logo. After the third time, Windows 10 will boot into diagnostics mode. Click Advanced options when the recovery screen appears. Click Troubleshoot > Advanced options then click Command Prompt. Proceed to enter the chkdskcommands: chkdsk /r /f then hit <Enter>.

What if you are not able to boot into Windows 10 at all? Some manufacturers include drive checking tools built into the computer’s BIOS. On my HP desktop, I was able to initiate the hard drive self-testing utility called Drive Protection System (DPS) Self Test.  

(Via: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/check-hard-drive-fix-failures-windows-10/)

If you are a Windows user and you have upgraded to the latest Windows 10 OS, those tips were just some quick ways to find out how well your hard drive is doing. You can see its overall status to give you an idea whether it will fail you anytime soon. So to spare yourself from the hassles of data recovery, better to back up your data now while you still can access it rather than panic when the day comes that it’s no longer accessible on your drive.

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Should You Take A Shot At Data Recovery?

Data makes the world go round. Most of us don’t realize it yet but that is the hard-hitting truth. Data is precious that we’d move heaven and earth to get it back once we lose it whatever the reason may be. However, dealing with technology is a tricky matter. One simple mistake can wipe out all your data in an instant and there is no other way for you to get it back. People often panic right away when they can’t access their hard drive especially when they need to find something in that instant. But panicking often leads to more costly mistakes that were avoidable if you only stayed level-headed the entire time.

The most common cause for hard drive failure is software-related and the second one does not have anything to do with you but on the hard drive itself. However, you should not just mess up with hard drives if you have no idea what you are doing because you might inflict more damage than what was previously. There are different ways to fixing it depending on the extent and the nature of the problem. But should you take your chance in fixing it to save a few dollars? It’s up to you on how confident you are on your technical skills but here are some DIY tips for the brave at heart.

Some less technical and slightly more unconventional DIY recovery process that are also becoming a popular safety net in the event of data loss or hard drive failure are home remedies. The oldest trick in the book is the constant restarting of the device in the hope that it will fix itself. The repeated rebooting may actually cause further damage. We always recommend stopping using the device but it is best practice to switch off (once) and call a reputable computer repair or data recovery company.

It can get a bit more extreme than that though. An urban legend once said that leaving your hard drive in the freezer or refrigerator will fix it. This is not true at all. By doing this the only thing that you will achieve is a frozen and broken hard drive. Other comical home myths include hanging your device out ‘to dry’ if liquid gets in, leaving your device is rice to draw the liquid out (although this won’t cause further damage it also will not solve the issue), and lastly leaving a device in an airing cupboard (this may in fact contribute to the damage due to the humidity in this environment). 

We cannot deny that we have all been there when we panic to try and save our data and deciphering whether a myth will actually help get it back or make the situation worse is always difficult. It is our natural reaction to do all that we can  to help save our data but, like the technical DIY ‘fixes’, sometimes this can cause more harm than good.

(Via: http://www.itproportal.com/features/the-donts-and-donts-of-diy-data-recovery/)

Attempting a DIY approach to a hard drive failure problem also depends on the amount and type of data stored within. If they aren’t that precious to you and you don’t mind losing them in the unfortunate circumstance of your attempt going haywire, then feel free to open it up and fix it to the best of your ability.

If you want to spare yourself from all the hassles of data recovery at all, make sure you backup your data so you won’t go crazy if you can’t access the original file on your PC. You can always get to your backup file especially when the time is of the essence. Remember that prevention is better than cure and it does not only apply to your health but to technology too.

DIY methods

When you’ve lost data, it’s very tempting to take matters into your own hands and attempt to do something yourself. While it might seem like a good idea at the time, DIY methods can often lead to further accidental damage and even permanent data loss. Instead of using DIY methods try contacting your IT specialist or reputable data recovery specialist first – a good provider will give you all of the options based on the situation and advise if it is safe for you to try DIY software methods. If you’d like more information about why DIY data recovery can be a bad idea, check out this article.

Open your hard drive

Last but not least, you should never attempt to open your device yourself. Unless you are an experienced data recovery specialist in a cleanroom environment, you are almost always going to cause more damage, no matter how careful you are. For spinning hard drives, even microscopic dust particles can have a catastrophic effect on your device and can destroy data that could have been saved by a professional. Like many DIY methods, it’s tempting to try them, but this is something you should always leave for the specialists.

(Via: https://www.krollontrack.co.uk/blog/pieces-of-interest/not-youve-lost-data/)

Refrain from panicking once you realize your data is lost. That is the first rule you have to keep in mind. What you should do is to assess the situation and try to remember what warning signals have you failed to recognize in the last few days. You are only advised to dabble with DIY solutions to hard drive failure if you somehow have a basic understanding of computers especially that of hard drive systems. If you don’t, it is almost always better to consult a professional who can get to the bottom of the issue with no sweat at all.

Professional assistance comes at a price, though. Not everyone charges the same and you might end up dealing with scammers who are only interested in your money rather than in helping you at all. Check out this link http://www.harddriverecovery.org/pricing.html to find out more about data recovery pricing, so you don’t get duped in case you encounter this problem in the future. For RAID recovery, http://www.harddriverecovery.org/raid-pricing.html may come in handy. If you want professional help without breaking the bank, just give us a call and we’ll be there to help you get your lost data back.

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Monday, 4 September 2017

China Catching Up On The Smartphone Market

We live in a generation ruled by smartphones and smart gadgets. We live and breathe the Internet every single day of our lives. You can hardly see anyone who hasn’t been bitten by social media just yet. From the young to the old, we all likely have an existing social media account and dedicate time for it almost every day to stay updated on the trending news and featured stories in the Internet of Things.

Wherever you are in the world, you’d likely see people obsessed with their smartphones and smart gadgets. It’s a given. They tinker with it every day and can’t live without it. It actually is an understatement considering how hooked almost everyone are with it. Apple may have introduced this smart technology to the world but many companies have now joined in on the bandwagon and have released their own versions of smartphones that are supposed to equal the sophistication of a an iOS smartphone or provide the flexibility and mass appeal of its Android version.

Huawei, the Chinese smartphone maker, is closing in on Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics (SSNFL) in the smartphone market, narrowing the gap in sales during the first quarter of this year.
That’s according to research firm Gartner, which is out with a new report looking at sales of mobile phones for the first three months of 2017. While Samsung took back the top spot with unit shipments of 78.7 million and Apple was in second with close to 52 million units shipped, Huawei was growing closer with 34.2 million units shipped, controlling 9% of the market. That compares to 8.3% share for Huawei in the year-ago first quarter. Samsung holds a 20.7% market share while Apple is at 13.7%, according to the research firm.

"The top three Chinese smartphone manufacturers are driving sales with their competitively priced, high quality smartphones equipped with innovative features," said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner, in a press release introducing the research. "Furthermore, aggressive marketing and sales promotion have further helped these brands to take share from other brands in markets such as India, Indonesia and Thailand."

(Via: http://www.investopedia.com/news/smartphones-huawei-closing-apple-samsung/)

There is still continued growth in the sales of smartphone units all over the globe. People these days are looking for a smart gadget that offer various features that fit their changing lifestyle, something only a smart device can offer. Even the older population own a smart gadget too mainly to stay connected with family and close friends but many of them aren’t willing to spend a fortune unlike their younger counterparts. Hence, Chinese smartphones are the excellent choice because they offer the same features at a fraction of the price. Many people are also noticing how these Chinese counterparts are almost at par with the Western originals, hence the increase in sales in Chinese smartphone units.

Apple and Samsung are fast losing share in the smartphone market to a group of Chinese upstart ­rivals that now account for nearly a quarter of all global sales.

New figures from Gartner, the research group, suggest that to maintain growth Apple and Samsung are having to rely on replacement sales to existing customers in mature markets, as new users in emerging markets turn to cheaper Chinese rivals.

Gartner research director Anshul Gupta said consumers in China and emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific no longer saw the need to spend $US800 ($1000) on an iPhone now that there were high-quality alternatives available at less than half the price.

“For Apple it’s no longer about targeting first-time, entry-level customers, it’s about capturing the replacement market. The trick for them will be in finding ways to keep users of the iOS operating system tied to Apple,” he said.

(Via: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/cheaper-chinese-smartphones-gain-ground/news-story/5ec4dff168faf1f84844d855e9e2375d)

Despite the continued growth in the smartphone industry, there is little growth on the two biggest names in this sector – Apple and Samsung. Chinese competitors are proving to be a big hurdle to their continued dominance in the industry as people are wiser now and would not just purchase an item simply because of its brand. For years now, we have all been witness to the steady rise of the Chinese superpower. They are the second largest and most powerful economy in the world next to the United States and most manufacturing firms have its roots in China. No wonder that most of the stuffs we buy have that tiny label in it that says, “Made in China”.

While we busy ourselves with our smart gadgets, we can still never fully live without the computer. After all, computers were the inspiration for these modern mobile wonders. However, hard drive issues are the bane of your existence when it comes to computer use. When your hard drive fails on you, http://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/hard-drive-failure-recovery-three-major-user-mistakes/ may give you an idea on what mistakes to avoid when recovering data and what questions to ask data recovery companies regarding their practice http://www.harddriverecovery.org/clean_room.html. If you have more questions about this, you can always give us a call for clarification or further explanation.

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Warning Signs Of A Hard Drive Failure

Technology can leave many people dazed and confused at times because of the numerous technical aspects of this industry. Computers, for inst...