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CCTV footage required

I have a swan cctv camera that records for 30 days, I have phoned swan to trace back to 28/05/17 . But it has exceded the 30 day period, I was wondering if you would be able to retrieve the date in question. I have a Western Digital WD5000AAKB. Unfortunately there a plastic piece that separates the individual discs has broken. Please can you confirm if this is a part that you could assist in supplying?

swann cctv system

I have a Freecom external hard drive running CCTV system that I bought in about 2006. It's been sitting in a cupboard for the past 5 years. Since 2012 I've stored everything on dropbox. But this harddrive has 6 years of photos on it. I recently powered it on, and it doesn't sound like the disk is spinning like it used to, and the power light on the front is flashing. I'd like to see if I could get this recovered.

Hard drive in Seagate Back up Plus 2TB portable drive. First Prob: Not recognised in USB3. port Second Prob: Gets very hot Third Prob. Started making whirring noise then clicking noise, then silent! Now removed from caddy and have bare 2TB drive. Drive not dishantled or has any physical damage.

CCTV footage is needed from 2/6/17 from 22.30pm to midnight. When I went to make a copy of this footage, it didn't show up even though I had seen it before. I tried different dates and I could see footage from the 9th onwards but nothing before that even though I had seen footage from before that preiviously.

Scratching noise, then crashed, no can no longer boot from hard drive. It tried to repair itself once. Has been plugged into another laptop and although it recognizes the hard drive, it can not read any data on it. I am a school teacher and my external hard drive has stopped working. The IT technicians have checked it and said that the hard drive is broken but the information on it should be retrievable.

CCTV data recovery requires specific CODECs in order to recover and play the files. My advice is to go to the manufacturers web site and check which CODECs their hardware uses.

Mobile Phone Repairs

WhatsApp logoIt's amazing the stuff that drifts through my head, i'm sitting here in a comfy chair with my mobile phone next to me. Last night it caused me some significant problems. It's an HTC M8, but really any type of mobile 'smart' phone would have give me the problem. I use WhatsApp, or lets say that more accurately, up until yesterday evening I used WhatApp.

My problems came about when my yearly subscription came to an end and I tried to buy another years usage. Instead of everything going smoothly though I got an error like RPC:S-7:AEC-0 telling me there was error retrieving the server information. Great - NOT, and what's more I've no idea how to sort it. I looked online and found some decent stuff from Android forums and various blogs like, lots of information but ultimately the advice they offered didn't work. Then I thought there may be something wrong with my phone? Was it broken? If so how was it going to be repaired if the fault was not obvious. Rather than take my phone to a repair centre I have decided to stop using WhatsApp. My thoughts are that rather than a fault (the phone works fine with everything else I do) there is some sort of Google Wallet / Whatsapp problem, so I'm going to stop using WhatsApp and find something else instead.

Considerations When Buying A New Hard Drive

Buying a new hard drive can be difficult - there are so many available, all with different capacities, rotation speeds and caches... What even is a cache? And what manufacturer should you choose? Below I'll give you a few pointers on what you should look for when buying a new hard drive.

Brand Name: To some folks brand is essential. Quality brands such as Toshiba or Samsung often come priced more highly than others, but these drives are usually of good quality.

Size: Contemplate everything you would like to take advantage of your hard drive for. Usually the principle would be to choose the greatest capacity drive you are able so you will not run out of space.

What Kind?: There are several different kinds of hard disk drive accessible. Do you choose an internal hard drive or perhaps go for a portable one that you can carry around?

Performance Specifications: The speed or the functionality of the hard drive can also be a significant factor. Additionally assess RPM of the hard drive or the twist speed. The faster the faster better rotates the operation of the hard drive needs to be.

Dependability: Most hard drives are made in exactly the same manner and most are quite dependable. It is also not in producer 's interests to make a quality drive that is poor as it'll damage their brand.

Cost: There are a number of differences in the price of hard drives of the exact same capacity, the ones that are more economical usually have smaller caches and slower spin speeds. These drives perform badly when examined against counterparts with higher spin speeds and bigger caches. My advice is always to spend the extra and get a drive that is high performance as it should boost your entire system.

Compatibility: Is the new hard drive likely to run Mac or Windows? Maybe both will run. Both of these file systems are inappropriate but there's a lot of software that runs in the fly which will enable one to use both.

SSD or HDD?: SSD hard drives have no moving parts and are like enormous memory chips. Each are about as trustworthy as another, but the price much more of SSD.

Sound: Some hard drives, particularly older ones, have become noisy. Sound may be a distraction, particularly when your machine is used by you in a silent environment. New drives are extremely silent.

Where to buy: Hard drives can be bought in most places on line these days including Amazon and PC-World.

Each Week 10% of Workers Lose Data

That's right - 10% of us suffer some form of data loss, deleted files, broken hard drives, copy and paste errors. The list is endless. How secure are the folders on your own disk drive, would you know? Saving data to a hard drive is easy and convenient - We can get our files and folders almost instantaneously, but how resistant is our digital information? What would happen if our disk drive broke?

One significant point to draw attention to that you should not dismiss is that the digital data is never ever fully safe from harm. You could readily drop your hard drive or have it taken, and if you haven't backed your files up then it is lost forever.

However many of us don't keep our files in this way. We store our information on disks and hard-drives, and pre hard drive information continues to be stored in albums. Some would question which method is considered the safest. Electronic files can be reprinted if something happens to the copies you make, however, in both instances the data may be damaged or ruined.

Before the invention of hard disks, records that people kept in books such as diaries and photo albums was readily lost with a spring clean, not realising what these items were, or we could accidentally pour liquid on them and lose the writing permanently. Unlike old photographs that may be reprinted as long as we still have the negatives, diaries and other paper records will not be resistant.

Bearing this in your mind you might believe digital files are far safer . They may be in some ways but not in others. A great deal depends on how you take care of them. If you have just a single copy and you also lose it or it is corrupted , you might not get it back. If you consider that lots of photos cannot be replaced, you'll understand just how valuable they may be.

Data loss is a very real matter and effects many businesses and organisations everyday. A simple approach to mitigate against data loss is by using some form of data duplication. This can be something easy and straightforward like saving the files to a memory stick or external hard drive, or perhaps something more elaborate like duplicating the files to a RAID or server array or with a storage cloud backup facility. There are many threats to your own data and these include applications dangers like viruses and malware, and hardware problems such as the hard drive crashing. Also remember the so called 'acts of god' such as fire, floods and earthquakes.

Of course you will have the choice to consult the specialists at a data recovery business to help you retrieve the files. However, for the sake of preparing a copy in the cloud, isn't it worth making a back-up you are able to rely on? Treat your important files with the care they warrant.

Computer Misuse with introduction of new G+ sharing feature

Google Plus iconGoogle has declared of a fresh Gmail update that permits users of Google+ to e-mail individuals without understanding their email addresses. It has clearly raised several questions regarding on-line and net seclusion. The newest Google attribute is introduced via an opt-out, meaning that users can have to manually shift their privacy settings in their Control Panel with this new attribute not to be embraced on their accounts. Another pain is that the email address of receiver won't be shown unless the e-mail is responded to.

There are lots of problems viewing computer abuse already - and now this move permitting email addresses to be found without the owner being mindful could be regarded as a privacy problem. UK computer investigation firm Computer Science Labs have no small workload in computer fraud and data discovery cases already - rand they anticipate will just become bigger as time advances because received e-mails from Google users will go in the Social Inbox section and this is just another effort by Google to control how individuals socialize and communicate through the internet. This is possibly surprising because at an occasion when Google has been fined by different countries throughout Europe for infringing privacy laws, Google appears to be tempting fate and inviting more fees whilst additionally whipping up controversy.

Google is platform independent which means that identifying and finding criminal e-mail accounts and e-mails will be more prevalent as time goes by. It's an instance of data detection, not simply are Computer Science Labs looking for e-mail signs, they have been trying to find doc, photo and internet abuse signs also.

Datlabs Glasgow - What A Great Company !!

Through the Xmas break I found myself in Scotland seeing my extended family. I hadn't visited them for more than 12 months and was excited about showing them films and pictures of their English relatives.

I arrived securely on a damp New Years Eve morning and accompanying me was my handy 1TB USB hard drive. As I was in a hurry to get indoors I managed to slip in the wet and throw my hard drive from the boot of my car. I watched in terror as it flew across the pavement and landed against a wall. I rushed across to it hoping it would still work. It didn't.

Datlabs Glasgow Data Recovery ServicesWho knows what to do when a hard drive breaks? Well, me for one. First thing to do is see if it's still recognised by the computer, which it wasn't. This told me that the problem was rather serious and beyond my capabilities. I'd need an expert data recovery company if I were to get these photos and movies back. I knew that the highly regarded data recovery company Datlabs had a branch in Glasgow so I phoned them up. 90 minutes later I was in their offices on Woodside Place in Glasgow where they diagnosed my hard drive with a head fault and told me the data was recoverable but would require clean room attention. It couldn't be fixed immediately but the data should be recoverable.

I left my hard drive with them and we made arrangements to meet up on Friday 3rd January. I've just left their Glasgow offices and am overjoyed as I have my precious data in my hands again - all recovered :)    I can't thank the team at Datlabs enough - I was rather upset and annoyed with myself over Christmas for making such a careless mistake and breaking my hard drive. I didn't manage to show my family my pics and movies obviously as my hard drive was being repaired, but now everything is fine again ! Thanks Datlabs - I'll recommend you and your hard drive services to everyone I know.

And here's to you - Have a good 2014 and Happy New Year.

Recovering Data After The UK Storms

Map of East Yorkshire including HullThe UK city of Hull saw it's fair share of bad weather this week as storms hit the entire east coast of England, closing shops and local businesses and flooding houses. Now the clean up operation is on as computer support and data recovery services work hard to retrieve data lost when the storms arrived to get businesses back online and running again.

Computer systems and hard drives that store the data are easily damaged by flooding, water will cause many electrical problems and as you can imagine, having a hard drive submerged in water is not good for the data. In fact recovering data from hard drives that have been flooded is a very skilled job. You may think it's a simple case of waiting for the hard drive to dry out and then powering it back up again but this is one of the worst things that can happen. As soon as a wet hard drive begins to dry out it's metallic parts begin to rust. This is something that needs to be avoided because rust will destroy any attempt to recover hard drive data. It's there imperative that wet hard drives are not just left somewhere warm to dry out.

Hard drives that have been in water will often have damaged controller boards caused by when water came in contact with the hard drive when it was powered on. Using a replacement PCB is a pointless exercise as the the a drive's controller board contains data unique to the drive. It's necessary to use a data recovery company to repair the hard drive and get access to the data.

The first thing to do with a damaged hard drive is to get it working again before attempting to recover the data on it and Data Clinic Ltd have been heavily involved in the flood cleanup operation helping local businesses and schools with damaged computer systems regain access to their data. Over the past week or so they have recovered data from both servers and standalone hard disk drives, belonging to both businesses and households.

The storms hit the whole of the east coast of England, flooding businesses and shops, and closing schools and companies. Hard disk drives are not indestructible even if they are using RAID and many now face a wait to see if their data can be recovered as they had no backups in place.

Anyone can back their data up, it's not a difficult thing to do. Data can be backed up to a variety of devices such a memory sticks and external hard drives. With the fast speed of broadband, many people and companies choose to backup their data online using the internet. This has the advantage of storing their data in an offsite location away from any such dangers as flooding. Computer systems will go wrong and break, when this happens it's important to avoid data loss by having a decent data backup plan and implementing it. This will avoid the need for a data recovery service should the computer system develop a fault access to the data be lost.

There's no question that the recent storms and flooding have caused widespread damage to homes and businesses in the East of England. Fortunately data recovery services can often retrieve data from damaged hard drives even after storms. The figures have not yet been compiled on how many businesses lost data and how much money was lost, but it'll be interesting to see what effect the storm had.

Helium Hard Drives begin shipping

Hitachi He6 hard disk drive

Hitachi has formally started shipping the initial drive to have a helium filling, as a way to increase capacity by around 40 percent when compared with conventional mechanical drives a notion it first revealed in 2012. How does the He6 hard drive perform ? - Get a review here.

In September 2012 HGST declared plans to improve capability and efficiency of its own business - level hard-drives by filling them with helium as opposed to the air generally used. The helium, the organization maintained, worked to lessen the drag acting in the disk platters due to getting a density only 1/7 that of atmosphere. Lower drag indicates a motor, less heat generation, and the capacity to cram the platters nearer together.

The very first helium filled drive is currently shipping to customers, the business has validated, with initial reactions proving favorable really.

With conventional air filled high capacity drives having just five, that equals a 40 percent hike in storage room.

The Ultrastar He6, to supply the drive its complete name, packages 6TB of storage into one 3.5" drive using a selection of SATA-III or SAS connectivity. Just like the organization's prototypes, this notable ability originates from seven individual platters - while the drive itself is, curiously, some 50g lighter compared to the air filled five-platter 4TB Ultrastar 7K4000 at 640grams.

Unfortunately, while HGST Japan declared the transport of the drives late last week as well as the organization's US arm followed suit before this week, neither are however prepared to supply pricing - however, with the business marketplace firmly in its sights, be prepared to pay a sizeable premium over existing 4TB versions.

The firm also plans to utilize the technologies in its potential heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) drives to help foster capacities.

The Role of Data Servers

Servers are utilized to join several devices into a big storage volume or array. Several hosts make use of a configuration that's known as RAID and there are lots of kinds of RAID . Each kind has benefits and disadvantages over the others. Including the kind of RAID is a RAID 0. Data transfer speeds on RAID 0 are exceptionally rapid so that it is frequently used by TV and film producers and movie producers because their documents are big along with a rapid data throughput is required when recording, editing and during playback. Should this happen to you then you'll must get in touch with a RAID data recovery service who ought to manage to manage to recover your files to health and fix the fault in the RAID and hdd.

Broken RAID Computer StorageThis has some built-in data redundancy also and provides great data transfer speeds. The data held on a RAID 5 is saved across in case that 1 of these hard drives fail the RAID will persist to work with no loss of data whatsoever, the RAID volume that is made up by the hard disks. It's significant the damaged hard drive is exchanged in the event the RAID 5 does free one of the hard drives because of fault and a functioning one installed in its position. It is a procedure called re-building and several RAIDs are apt enough to enable this to occur and never needing to take the server offline or even power it down. The defective hard disk is merely exchanged and a fresh one set in - the rebuild is automatic and finished frequently in an issue of minutes, even though the time that it requires to rebuild a server does is determined by the quantity of data it holds. The more data there is saved on it, generally the larger amount of hard disk drives that represent the set as well as the longer it requires to reconstruct the server.

Rebuilding seems great does not it, however it might create lots of difficulties. Because it should be ie on occasion the integrity of the data in the RAID server isn't reconstructed. it authentic data includes several corruptions. The difficulty is compounded when a server tries to reconstruct something using corrupted data and becomes considerably worse. Essentially a problem that existed in a single location will now exist in several more, and this also occurs for each problem that's found in the server through the process. Several professional data recovery experts will recommend that server rebuilds are not done without first checking the integrity of the hdds within the RAID array as well as the integrity of the hdds themselves.

An important problem is data back-up and lots of individuals who possess a RAID and NAS server believe that saving their data to any of the products means that in the event the storage array fails their data will continue to be acceptable - this is not accurate. In case your data is saved on just one hard disk or on a 10 disk RAID 5 hard disks comprise exactly the same components and function exactly the same manner.

Learning About Hard Drives

When a hdd breaks it's not great because more times than not there's some data on there which you'd like to get. Now, occasionally recovering the data from a damaged hard-disk because the drive might have only a primary data corruption is fairly straightforward.

Data corruption is frequently nothing to-do with a hard drive issue: the hard drive is excellent in many cases, instead the issue is a result of the real data structure getting corrupted.

Obviously the capacities of hard disks are actually enormous - however the physical dimensions of these hasn't actually changed that much recently. Additionally they split in similar ways too, but there's luckily more data recovery wisdom and hardware applications tools accessible to enable individuals to finish data recovery processes themselves nowadays.

Anyway, that's merely an instance of a data loss situation that's nothing to-do with a hard drive problem. Most causes of data loss besides human error should do with a drive malfunction, as you likely know although.

One web site that I've discovered lately that has a abundance of helpful information regarding various kinds of hard-disk failures as well as more details regarding various approaches of data recovery is the Data Recovery Suggestions web site. It's an UK website which has explanations of numerous kinds of hard drive issues including mechanical, electric and firmware failures. From studying the website, these seem to be the absolute most typical reasons for data loss, along with the absolute most common kinds of drive failure excluding those accidentally due to individuals. The website is split into sections on drive issues and what kinds of process are appropriate in which scenario and the way to identify them, data recovery processes.

With my recently found understanding I'm now away to regain some hard-drives and several servers!

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