Overwritten file data recovery

A lost novel and an overwritten file We recently had a query from an author about a half-written novel which had been lost from their computer. Their daughter had accidentally edited the file containing the novel, and replaced the entire contents with a school project of almost the same size. The writer had already sent […]

Moving to a larger hard drive

There are various reasons you might wish to replace your hard drive with a larger one. You might be running out of space on your drive, and in the case of a laptop you almost certainly don’t have the ability to add a second drive. Or you might be getting signs that your old drive […]

Dropbox for critical documents

We recommend keeping at least 3 copies of critical documents, at least one of which should be physically removed from the others. One way to achieve this is via an online backup service such as Dropbox. I personally use Dropbox, because it performs two important tasks. Firstly, it automatically synchronises files between multiple PCs, while […]

Floppy disks on the rise

Recently we have received more enquiries regarding transferring data from floppy disks onto modern media. Many people still have important data stored on floppies, and often find that they have no means of accessing the data. Most of the floppy disks we see are 10 to 20 years old, and often exhibit problems such as […]

Fake SSD drives

There’s an interesting story on reghardware about a fake 500Gb SSD drive purchased in China. It turns out that the drive just contained a 128Mb USB key and some clever software to enable data written to the drive to be recorded in a loop. Sadly no chance of recovery of the lost data with a […]

SMS Backup on Android Phones

There is an issue with all the stored SMS messages spontaneously disappearing on some Android phones such as the HTC Desire. I recommend SMS Backup+ available for free on Android Marketplace, for automatically backing up your SMS messages up to GMail. It creates a label “SMS” which contains all your messages, including MMS, and allows […]

Implementing a Backup Strategy

As a data recovery professional I should know more than anyone the importance of backing up files. But I am now going to make an admission: as I write this, neither my personal laptop at home, nor any of my family’s computers, are adequately backed up. Why on earth did I allow this to happen? […]

Backing up to an external hard drive

Hard drives should normally form the main part of your backup strategy, as it is easy to make backups every day, or every few days, onto your backup drive, and keep the backup up to date. Many different backup programs are available, either commercial software for as little as £20 or £30, or some highly […]

London Data Recovery

We are sometimes asked whether we have a London office where hard drives can be delivered for recovery.  At present, however, we only have offices in Cambridge, approximately 1 hour from London by car or train. We receive hard drives both in person and by post – when sending drives to us by post, we […]

New techniques for camera card photo recovery

Over the past 2 or 3 months, we have made exciting steps forward in the recovery of camera cards where the card itself has failed, or has been physically damaged. In the past, there have been cases where the cards have simply not responded to any attempts to read them, and although we have had […]