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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.

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