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While you should never attempt to repair digital media or recover your own files, you can often prevent file damage by taking immediate action after a disaster. This part of our blog contains tips to help you avoid data loss.

Encryption Concept

Encryption and You

With the recent news that the US government is gathering random private data from phone systems and internet companies, the need for adequate data security has never been higher. It is clear that no aspect of our digital lives is truly safe or completely private so what options do you have to secure your data besides disconnecting from the net and living off of the grid?

Printed circuit board

Failure Symptoms and Recovery Options for Hard Drive PCB Issues

A hard drive's printed circuit board (PCB) contains a number of components that allow the HDD to operate efficiently and correctly, and when a PCB fails, a hard drive can sustain serious, permanent damage. PCB issues affect thousands of hard drives every year and often result in permanent data loss.

Hard Drive Health

How Many Bad Sectors are Too Many for a Healthy Hard Drive?

Bad sectors are unreadable sections of your disk. Sectors can become unreadable for a number of reasons including platter damage and actuator head offsets. Regardless of what causes the issue, the end result is the same: a very small portion of the hard drive is permanently damaged and completely unusable.

Dirty Computer

Five Simple Steps For Cleaning Up Your PC

Cleaning up your PC is one of the easier ways to optimize the performance of a heavily used or older system. Time and use tend to add wear to a system that is sometimes hard to notice. You may even have a dust bunny colony thriving on top of your disk drive. All of these can be cleaned up easily and quickly.

Frozen Hard Drive

Can You Fix a Broke Hard Drive by Freezing It?

All hard drives eventually fail. One of the more popular tricks for treating a damaged hard drive involves putting the disk into a freezer for several hours, then plugging it into a computer and booting it. There are several reasons why data recovery engineers do not freeze hard drives to fix them.

Preventative Maintenance

Five Reasons To Do Preventative Maintenance On Your PC

As time goes by, computer users begin to feel that their PC is slowing down or running less than optimally. The reasons for the diminished performance are varied and are usually specific to a particular machine, yet there are steps that a user can take to lessen the eventual slow down.

Computer hard disk burning

Preventing Hard Drive Overheating Issues

Hard drive overheating issues can cause component failures and data loss, and in order to keep your hard drive running, you need to allow it expel the excess heat that comes from regular electronic and mechanical operation. Following these tips will help you extend your hard drive's operating life and avoid data loss disasters.

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