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05 Feb

Data Safety for your Database

Data Safety for your Database

Most large organizations have databases that need to be maintained well. Some of them even have database administrators who are in charge of making sure that the database is working efficiently.

But in many organizations, PC users may not necessarily know how to use the database. One thing they may not know is that if someone abruptly disconnects from a database, a” corruption flag” may be set. This means that the database is in a corrupt state. Once in such a state anyone attempting to access the database will receive a message that the database has been corrupted and needs to be repaired. If the database is not repaired in good time, it will bring about loss in productivity as well as frustration from users. To keep your database safe, you should consider one of the following:

Exit the database correctly. After finishing your work on the database, always exit it in the correct way. Using some shortcuts such as Ctrl+Alt+Del can bring about major problems on ones database. It is a good practice to exit the database the correct way.

Split the database so that you can make work easier. Splitting here involves separating the “front-end” parts from the “back-end” parts. The front end parts include forms, reports and queries while the back-end parts contain only the data tables. A copy of the front end is placed in each user’s computer while the back-end is placed in a shared folder within a network. This means that the data tables don’t have to be moving from user to user because it is in this movement that data tables become corrupt hence loss of data. If one may be experiencing corruption problems with a database on a network, splitting the database is important to stop this.

Lastly, after finishing with a database ensure that you close all the open connections. Leaving open connections will allow more opportunities for ‘unwanted’ dropped connections i.e. automatic closing of the connection.

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If you’ve lost valuable, irreplaceable data  — We can save it! Call us now at +254 711 051 000 or visit our offices Chiromo Court 3rd Floor Westlands, Kenya. Best of it, we have distributed offices all over East Africa and can easily get your device brought to us from anywhere in East Africa.

Also  we have other services in data recovery for various  devices; Hard Drives, Laptops, Desktops, Raid SystemsRAID / NAS / SAN , Servers, Memory Cards, Flash Drives, Databases, SSD Drives etc

East African Data Handlers ltd  no data – no charge policy means you owe us nothing if we are unable to recover your critical files.

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03 Feb

Dying Laptop – Please help me!

Dying Laptop – Please help me!

These days laptops are one of the most common computers that are used. I guess they are preferred because of their portable nature. Being able to go with it to various places is an added advantage. But as a laptop user, do you know if it is dying? Check out the following to see if it is dying:

Strange sounds:

As you use your laptop, it would be good to pay attention to small details such as sounds that may be coming from the hard drive. This could mean that there could be problems with the hardware of the laptop, especially the hard drive. These sounds can be click sounds, whirring and buzzing sounds. The hard disk contains some internal components such as an actuator arm, a read/ write head, platters, just to mention but a few. The whirring sounds could be caused as a result of some components within the hard drive touching each other. When you experience such scenarios it would be good to contact a data recovery expert to look at the problem.

Error messages:

If you experience many error messages such as the following, then it means that your laptop is dying: “Disk Failure”, “Disk needs Formatting”, ”Operating System missing” or any other unusual error that deals with the hard drive. These error messages signify that your computer is about to crash. Error messages are a clear indication of corruption of files in the hard drive. This is mainly caused by viruses which are programs that change existing files in the hard drive. So the next time you get error messages that deal with the hard disk or the Operating System, know that your computer could be crashing.

If your laptop is dying you can always get affordable data recovery services done for you.

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If you’ve lost valuable, irreplaceable data  — We can save it! Call us now at +254 711 051 000 or visit our offices Chiromo Court 3rd Floor Westlands, Kenya. Best of it, we have distributed offices all over East Africa and can easily get your device brought to us from anywhere in East Africa.

Also  we have other services in data recovery for various  devices; Hard Drives, Laptops, Desktops, Raid SystemsRAID / NAS / SAN , Servers, Memory Cards, Flash Drives, Databases, SSD Drives etc

East African Data Handlers ltd  no data – no charge policy means you owe us nothing if we are unable to recover your critical files.

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02 Feb

How to Recover a Corrupted Hard Drive

Having a Corrupt Hard Drive

Corrupted hard drives can be recovered’ is statement many people don’t believe. Most computer users know that once the hard drive fails that is the end of their information. But I have come to give you good news. Your information in that corrupted hard drive can be recovered. Here is how:

One way you can do this is by using recovery software. There are some certain software that can be used to recover data and files that have been lost. This software can also be downloaded for free from the internet. But extreme care should be taken when using this software. My view is that you don’t use this software at all. This is because your hard drive could be having physical problems that may be causing it to be corrupted. Using this software can actually have disastrous effects where you can lose your data permanently. You may think it is a cheap way but it may cost you more. The next method is the one I would recommend.

You can opt for data recovery services. These kinds of services are done by professional data recovery experts. These are people who are well trained in the data recovery process. They have acquired the necessary skill, technology and tools for performing data recovery. All you have to do is to send your hard drive to them. When they receive it, a thorough diagnosis of the problem will be done. A report detailing the results of the diagnosis will be forwarded to you so that you can have a scope of the problem the experts are dealing with. Once you agree on whether the process should proceed, they will begin the recovery process. Depending on the amount of data to be recovered, it will take an average of 3-4 days to perform the recovery. After the data has been retrieved it will be given to you in the storage device of your choice.

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If you’ve lost valuable, irreplaceable data  — We can save it! Call us now at +254 711 051 000 or visit our offices Chiromo Court 3rd Floor Westlands, Kenya. Best of it, we have distributed offices all over East Africa and can easily get your device brought to us from anywhere in East Africa.

Also  we have other services in data recovery for various  devices; Hard Drives, Laptops, Desktops, Raid SystemsRAID / NAS / SAN , Servers, Memory Cards, Flash Drives, Databases, SSD Drives etc

East African Data Handlers ltd  no data – no charge policy means you owe us nothing if we are unable to recover your critical files.

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28 Jan

Methods of Database Recovery

Have you dropped your laptop? Is it overheating? Is your Database having issues? Do you Suspect the hard drive has Crashed?

Any information belonging to an organization is usually stored in form of a database. In case information is lost in the database, it would have major negative effects on the organization. Data recovery analysts have found out that it can cost you upto $8000 per MB to recreate client information. This is because of various costs that may be incurred such as overtime pay of re-entry, transportation costs for the client and also communication costs.

To help reduce on these costs, it would be good to employ database recovery services. It would cost a few thousand dollars but is way cheaper than the cost of recreating data. In case of data loss, some steps have to be taken in order to assure safe backup and full recovery of all lost information is done.

The first important step is to choose the most appropriate database recovery. At the moment, there are three methods of database recovery.

The first one is the simple database recovery. This method is used when a database administrator decides that the transactions are not as important as the main data of the database. In this case, one only needs to save the main data and ignore the transactions that had occurred. The data can be recreated in a short time and may not necessarily need experts to do it. But it is good not to take a chance because if one is not careful, you may end up losing all the information in the database.

The second and the third method include full recovery and bulk-logged recovery. In these two methods, one has to protect both the data in the database and all the necessary transactions relating to the database. These 2 methods are more technical and sophisticated. The have to be done with experienced technicians such as data recovery specialists. In addition, the above methods need more system requirements and disk drive space. The data recovery experts will come with the necessary software to carry out recovery. This will all depend on the scope of failure experienced. If the failure is major, then they will have to take your server and perform the recovery in their labs. Otherwise, they will just run the recovery software and will be able to recover your data.

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If you’ve lost valuable, irreplaceable data  — We can save it! Call us now at +254 711 051 000 or visit our offices Chiromo Court 3rd Floor Westlands, Kenya. Best of it, we have distributed offices all over East Africa and can easily get your device brought to us from anywhere in East Africa.

Also  we have other services in data recovery for various  devices; Hard Drives, Laptops, Desktops, Raid SystemsRAID / NAS / SAN , Servers, Memory Cards, Flash Drives, Databases, SSD Drives etc

East African Data Handlers ltd  no data – no charge policy means you owe us nothing if we are unable to recover your critical files.

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27 Jan

What causes your computer to lose files?

What causes your computer to lose files?

As you use your computer, beware that you can lose your files at any time. Here are some situations and things that may cause you to lose your file:

Human error:

As a human being, you are bound to make a few mistakes here and there. One way this can occur is through accidental erasure. For example, let’s say you are working on a certain document and you accidentally hit the delete button. When a dialog box appears, you just click ‘OK’ and continue. You may have not noticed but probably you might have deleted a certain folder. It was done mistakenly and you probably did not know what was going on. Such situations happen and in this way you may end up losing your files.
Another way human beings can cause loss of files on your computer is by allowing other people to use your machine without access. They may come and delete some of your files, either deliberately or accidentally.

Viruses:

Viruses are programs written to bring about corruption of files, especially files stored in storage devices like hard disks and USB flash disks. Viruses can be gotten from the internet i.e. by accessing certain sites (especially porn sites), downloading certain free software, email attachments and also from external storage devices that are introduced to your computer . The virus will infect your computer files and thus will become corrupted. This is why in most cases when you look for certain files, they cannot be accessed. They are in a corruptible form. The worst part about computer viruses is that, like their medical counterparts, they replicate to infect many files.

This is one of the reasons why when purchasing a new computer , it is recommended to install anti-virus software to protect your computer against viruses.

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If you’ve lost valuable, irreplaceable data  — We can save it! Call us now at +254 711 051 000 or visit our offices Chiromo Court 3rd Floor Westlands, Kenya. Best of it, we have distributed offices all over East Africa and can easily get your device brought to us from anywhere in East Africa.

Also  we have other services in data recovery for various  devices; Hard Drives, Laptops, Desktops, Raid SystemsRAID / NAS / SAN , Servers, Memory Cards, Flash Drives, Databases, SSD Drives etc

East African Data Handlers ltd  no data – no charge policy means you owe us nothing if we are unable to recover your critical files.

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26 Jan

Why is your computer freezing?

Why is your computer freezing?

Just like any other man made machine, computers are bound to malfunction at some point. One of the common malfunctions of the computer is freezing. Freezing (or hanging) occurs when you issue an instruction to the computer and nothing happens. In some cases, when you attempt to move the mouse it doesn’t scroll on the screen. If you have experienced this before or you are currently experiencing it, then one of the following has occurred:

RAM and Hard disk space: Lack of regular maintenance of the computer is what leads to computer freezing and crashing. If the computer is overloaded with information, then there is a high chance that it might freeze. Computer technicians have found out that the RAM should have at least 25% free memory left. This also applies to the hard disk space. If this is not so, very little work can be done as the computer would be extremely slow in processing your information. It is also necessary to perform defragmenting of the hard disk to utilize as much space as possible.

Installing new hardware: It is possible to follow the events that led to the freezing of the computer. If you happened to install new hardware and the computer began freezing then it clearly indicates that the hardware was not properly installed or it is not compatible with your computer. To solve this problem, one may uninstall the suspected hardware and reboot the PC. There is some hardware that needs drivers. It could be possible that you have to install the drivers after installing the hardware. It may or may not work but it will reduce the chances of computer screen freezes.

Installing new software: Just as in the case above, the same situation applies here. There is some software that is really large and takes quite a lot of disk space. If the PC started freezing immediately after installing new software, then it means it is the software that is slowing the system down. One may opt to uninstall it.

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If you’ve lost valuable, irreplaceable data  — We can save it! Call us now at +254 711 051 000 or visit our offices Chiromo Court 3rd Floor Westlands, Kenya. Best of it, we have distributed offices all over East Africa and can easily get your device brought to us from anywhere in East Africa.

Also  we have other services in data recovery for various  devices; Hard Drives, Laptops, Desktops, Raid SystemsRAID / NAS / SAN , Servers, Memory Cards, Flash Drives, Databases, SSD Drives etc

East African Data Handlers ltd  no data – no charge policy means you owe us nothing if we are unable to recover your critical files.

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25 Jan

You think you know your Laptop!

You think you know your Laptop?

Have you dropped your laptop? Is it overheating? Do you suspect the hard drive has crashed?

In this day and age where technology has greatly advanced, laptops have become so common. It is easy to purchase a laptop for as little as $250 or even less. This is because people want to carry out their business as they move from place to place. Even young children in elementary school know how to use laptops. As important as they are, there are risks that come with these laptops.

Laptop Recovery Experts have found that over 2000 laptops are stolen or lost everyday in this world. This eventually means that there are 2000 people everyday who lose their data through theft. For example, it is very common to find laptop users with their laptops in cyber cafés. If they leave them and, say, they go to attend to a nature call, they may come back and find it is not there. Someone has stolen. In addition to this, there are those people who are mugged and even have their houses broken into. These are some of the ways that people can lose their data through laptops.

Another thing about laptops is that they are portable. This is actually good because you can work on it while you travel or do other things. But with this portability there are risks of it dropping and crashing physically. You could even be walking with your laptop on the streets when all of a sudden, the strap of the bag carrying it breaks and the laptop drops. That would be a disastrous thing to happen. But there are many people who have dropped their laptops. The most important question they ask is: Can I still get my files?

Good news! Yes you can!! (Sounds like a famous slogan). Even if you have dropped your laptop severally but you have not physically tampered with the hard disk, your file can be recovered. All you need to do is get in touch with data recovery experts who will have your data recovered. All they need is your hard drive.

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If you’ve lost valuable, irreplaceable data  — We can save it! Call us now at +254 711 051 000 or visit our offices Chiromo Court 3rd Floor Westlands, Kenya. Best of it, we have distributed offices all over East Africa and can easily get your device brought to us from anywhere in East Africa.

Also  we have other services in data recovery for various  devices; Hard Drives, Laptops, Desktops, Raid SystemsRAID / NAS / SAN , Servers, Memory Cards, Flash Drives, Databases, SSD Drives etc

East African Data Handlers ltd  no data – no charge policy means you owe us nothing if we are unable to recover your critical files.

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19 Jan

Wonder Why Hard Drives and Memory Cards Have Less Space Than Advertised?

Wonder Why Hard Drives and Memory Cards Have Less Space Than Advertised?

Today we are going to learn something that not everyone has taken keen about but somehow have always wanted to know why this is happening. ” Less Space in Memory Cards and Hard Drives

Have you ever wondered why computers always indicate that your hard drive or memory card has a smaller storage capacity than what’s advertised on the box (and the card itself)? No, it’s not because you got a defective card, it’s not because your

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15 Jan

Raid Recovery in Nairobi

Best Raid Recovery in Nairobi ( by East African Data Handlers Ltd )

RAID Data Recovery Proccess

What is Raid? by defination its “A redundant array of independent drives” (“RAID“) . The process of data recovery for the Raid drives is much more difficult than a single hard drive recovery and should only be attempted by a qualified specialist, like the Raid Recovery in Nairobi by our experts at East African Data Handlers. RAID manufacturers set up the internal controls of their arrays in very different configurations. One thing that is certain is that the RAID configuration is most likely proprietary, hence is never disclosed to or shared with other data recovery companies. That’s why RAID data recovery engineers must have years of experience and be able to write recovery programs for each separate RAID data recovery operation.

Types of Raids

On most situations you will be using one of the following four levels of RAIDs.

Other Raid include: RAID 2, RAID 3, RAID 4, RAID 6

What is the First step in Raid Data Recovery Process

The first step in the data recovery process is to get the RAID drives’ data copied on to a server or other hard drive so that the data set can be re-assembled.

Key Notes about Raid Data Recovery process

Each recovery procedure is unique to a particular RAID array. For example, a level 0 RAID (also known as a RAID 0 ) is the most challenging type of recovery because there is no fault tolerance and thus, no margin for error. A RAID 0 is made up of two drives, with the data striped in small sets across one or both of them. Since there is no parity in a RAID 0, the information that was saved on a failed drive is not replicated elsewhere, meaning that it will be difficult or impossible to recover.

How about the Rest of Raids?

On the other hand, a RAID 5 is made up of three or more drives and does offer parity data, so when one drive fails, a replacement drive can be used for recovery and the array can be rebuilt. However, if two drives of a RAID 5 fail, the recovery process becomes more difficult. If enough data can be saved from the malfunctioning drives, an experienced RAID data recovery engineer ( Like our Raid recovery in nairobi engineers ) can usually succeed, because the RAID parity is still available.

Other key Points about Raid

Each RAID data recovery is unique, because manufacturers set up their internal arrays differently. A RAID recovery engineer must be able to determine the arrangement of data and the parity cycle to recover the data and rebuild the RAID . The data is accessed on a file system level instead of on a controller level. Normally, an NTFS file system is used in this type of recovery , because the logical drives will be providing the basis for working on a RAID image. This allows the RAID recovery engineer to assemble bits and bytes after a successful recovery using propriety high skillful software operated by engineers.

Why Raid data recovery is not for amateurs but for pro engineers?

RAID data recovery is certainly not recommended for amateurs, nor for the weak of heart. East African Data Handlers Data Recovery Services has invested heavily on high end professional on Raid Data recovery and has successfully recovered data from RAIDs as well as all popular types of storage media since 2006.

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If you’ve lost valuable, irreplaceable data  — We can save it! Call us now at +254 711 051 000 or visit our offices Chiromo Court 3rd Floor Westlands, Kenya but have distributed offices all over East Africa.

Also  we have other services in data recovery for various  devices; Hard Drives, Laptops, Desktops, Raid SystemsRAID / NAS / SAN , Servers, Memory Cards, Flash Drives, Databases, SSD Drives etc

East African Data Handlers ltd no data – no charge policy means you owe us nothing if we are unable to recover your critical files.

 

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14 Jan

7 Common IT Problems

Some of the 7 Common IT Problems

Each month ,  at East African Data Handlers we resolve numerous technical data recovery problems that are on either support calls and emails ranging from simple to advanced problems that some result to data recovery . We have compiled the below list  of what we consider to be the top 7 most common computer problems.

List of  7 Common IT Problems are:

1 Installation of Malicious Software (popularly known as Malware):

This problem includes viruses, spyware, adware, trojan horses, worms, rootkits and any other piece of software designed to harm you or your computer without your consent.

2  Experiencing Slow Computer:

Computers are like new homes or apartments; if you don’t make good use of your space and resources they get filled with clutter as time goes by.

3 Internet or Network Connectivity Issues:

One day you are connected but the next day you can’t connect. Nothing has changed and you can’t figure out what to do. Find out why.

4 Dust and Cigarette Smoke:

Computers generate static electrical charges that attract dust and cigarette smoke when present in the environment.

5 Hard Drive Failure:

If you start hearing loud sounds that you were not hearing before, be scared because those sounds could be coming from your hard drive.

6 Dead Power Supply:

When you press the power button and your computer gives no sign of life, and all the lights are absent, then the most likely cause is a power supply failure.

7 Missing CD / DVD Drive:

If your CD/DVD drive disappeared, is not recognized by other applications, or just won’t play or access your CDs or DVDs, you are not alone.

We  recommend to very carefully with all your electronic devices to avoid data loss. But in case your loose your data check below our contacts and our other services we offer.

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If you’ve lost valuable, irreplaceable data  — We can save it! Call us now at +254 711 051 000 or visit our offices Chiromo Court 3rd Floor Westlands, Kenya but have distributed offices all over East Africa.

Also  we have other services in data recovery for various  devices; Hard Drives, Laptops, Desktops, Raid SystemsRAID / NAS / SAN , Servers, Memory Cards, Flash Drives, Databases, SSD Drives etc

East African Data Handlers ltd no data – no charge policy means you owe us nothing if we are unable to recover your critical files.

 

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