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14 Mar

Hard Disk Crashes Every 15 Minutes

Hard Disk Crashes Every 15 Minutes

Computer can crash even when your browsing the internet, or to be more precise when your reading this article. Computer crashes come as a result of many reasons other been major or minor. What is affected as major component of the computer is the hard disk.
Computer registry having errors can lead to a crash. The registry is like the nervous system of the system. It should be regularly cleaned using software like “registry clean up” and many other. This is to get rid of addresses of programs that were long time uninstalled and any to other unused registered scripts.  The files get their way to the hard disc.

Users who switch of systems directly from the start button pose there machine to greater chances of computer crashes. Crash is possible as the system sends processes to the CPU but suddenly power cut off, the process are left unattended creating errors. These errors are the cause of the crashes that happen every 15 minutes some where in the world. In this review there is a disconnection with the hard disc resulting to corrupt files if no precautions are taken.

Software errors like installing the wrong drivers for a hardware device may lead to interrupted integration of the device leading to system halt. The computer stores its errors which are viewable through the event log. When errors pile up and little action is done the systems stands a chance to get a crash.

Viruses cause file corruption, file damage. They also create files that duplicate themselves. If these viruses happen to enter the bios system, they can lead to computer crashes destruction  to the hard disc sectors.

What ever the case might be you’re always vulnerable to loss data once a crash occurs. Data recovery experts can help in recovering your data and fixing any form of damage that the device may have incurred.

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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

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07 Mar

Bad Hard Drive and PC Freezing

Bad Hard Drive and PC Freezing

Many people are unaware of the importance of the hard drives to their PCs. The hard drive stores their most important information and it would be good to make sure that it is in good condition. The question posed then would be: How does one know when they have a bad hard drive?

One sign of a bad hard drive is if your computer system keeps rebooting. When you startup your computer and during the boot process it restarts or reboots on its own then that is an indicator that you have a bad hard drive. This is mainly caused by the presence of viruses in the boot files i.e. the boot files have been corrupted in such a way that when they are executed by the system, they sequence of booting is repeated over and over again. The virus corrupts the boot files by causing them to form a loop and this is why the computer will keep rebooting.

Another indication of a bad hard drive is when you experience many error messages. Some of the error messages you will experience are: ‘Missing Hard Drive’, ‘Operating System Missing’, ‘Hard Drive Failure’ and any other error message related to the hard drive. These error messages come about as a result of corruption of files in the hard drive, again caused by the presence of viruses.

PC freezing is another indicator of bad hard drives. If your computer freezes often, then the hard drive could be having problems. Freezing mainly occurs when the system takes long or is unable to locate certain files that may be needed to carry out certain processing. As stated a number of times in this article, one of the causes of freezing is viruses. This is because once corruption of files occurs, when the system locates them, it will take long to interpret them. The other cause of freezing is lack of hard drive space. If your hard drive is overloaded with a lot of information, locating some files will take long and may lead the computer to freeze.

If you find you are in this situation and are in fear that your data will be lost do not despair.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

06 Jan

How to spot a hard drive crash before it happens

Sighs that your hard disk will crash.

A hard drive crash can mean losing all your data and applications, but there are ways to spot problems early and minimize the risk of hard disk failure.

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Software crashes all the time. While it can be annoying to lose unsaved work, it’s seldom the end of the world and restarting the application, or Windows itself, usually puts things right.

When hardware crashes, on the other hand, it’s much more serious – particularly when that hardware is your computer’s hard drive.

 

 

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How hard drives operate.

Hard drives haven’t really changed much since they were invented 60 years ago. They’re physically much, much smaller and have much higher capacities (the first models were the size of a fridge and held just 3.75 megabytes of data), but they still store information on one or more fast-spinning magnetic ‘platters’, with a read/write head that skims over the surface like the arm on a record player.

 

 

 

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Those platters can spin at anything up to 10,000 rpm and the read/write head dances across them barely a hair’s width away. This makes hard drives very fragile when they’re in use and even the slightest knock can send the read/write head ploughing into the platter surface – with disastrous consequences for your data.

This was a particular problem for early laptops, but 2.5-inch laptop hard drives now feature anti-shock technology that detects sudden movement and ‘parks’ the read/write heads safely out of the way for the duration. That’s not to say modern hard drives are indestructible – those platters are still spinning very quickly – and that means handling a laptop roughly is rarely a good idea.

Why do the hard drives fail?

Despite their complex mechanical nature, hard drives are still very reliable, but they don’t last forever. While it’s difficult to know how long any computer component will last, hard drive manufacturers use a measure called the Mean time between failures, or MTBF.

MTBF is a statistical estimate of how reliable a hard drive is, in terms of the number of hours it’s predicted to work between failures in normal use. This doesn’t mean a hard drive with an MTBF of 300,000 hours will be fault-free for 34 years – these figures are an average for all drives in a particular range and they’re calculated by extrapolating figures from intensive short-term tests.

In reality, tests have shown that up to 25% of a particular model of hard drive can fail within four or five years of use – although most are much more reliable than that. Failures often occur when a hard drive is new, usually as a result of manufacturing defects that only arise after a few weeks’ use, but other factors can also contribute.

Aforementioned shocks aside, extreme temperatures and prolonged constant use can also cause problems. ‘Consumer’ hard drives aren’t designed for 24/7 use, for example, so if you’re looking for one to use in a PC that runs round the clock, you’ll need to buy accordingly.

What really happens when a hard drive starts to fail?

Imminent hard drive failure is often preceded by random errors in Windows – files becoming corrupt or refusing to open, sudden operating system crashes and so on. If your PC is still working when this happens, you can scan your hard drive for errors using the Windows drive error-checking tool.

Do this by right-clicking the problem drive icon in Computer and selecting Properties. When the dialog box opens, click the Tools tab and then the Check now button under Error-checking. Tick the boxes for Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recover of bad sectors, then click the Start button. This process will take some time and is best left running overnight.

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A ‘bad sector’ is a physical defect on a drive and while Windows can often circumnavigate the odd few with no ill effects, an abundance of them is usually a sign of impending hard drive failure.

More serious hard drive failures – the mechanical kind – are usually signalled by strange noises. Some high-performance hard drives do ‘chatter’, but any drive that makes grinding, clicking or pinging noises is usually on the way out. Try searching YouTube for hard drive failure sounds for some examples of what you should be listening for.

How to spot a failing hard drive

Increasing numbers of bad sectors and worrying noises are dead giveaways for hard drive failure, but there won’t always be such warning signs. Fortunately, all hard drives also feature their own built-in diagnostic tool to catch potential problems before they become serious.

It’s called SMART – short for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology – and you can access it with a free utility like HD Tune. Download and install the utility from www.hdtune.com/download.html (scroll down to find HD Tune, just above the Drive Power Manager section).

Run HD Tune and click the Health tab on its window. Look at the Status column – each entry should be OK (don’t worry about what these entries mean). If not, something is wrong.

 

 

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What to do when a hard drive fails?

If you have an up-to-date backup, hard drive failure is a minor problem – just replace it and restore your data. If you don’t, then you’re in trouble.

The best advice in this case is to stop using the drive in question immediately, since the longer it’s left running, the more likely it is to fail catastrophically. Ideally, you should replace the hard drive and get your PC up and running again, then connect your old drive and copy any important data to the new one.

How successful this is depends on the type of failure, so you may have to turn to a data recovery company like us East African Data Handlers  if your data is important and the problem is a serious one.

Replacing a hard drive under warranty

The good news is that most hard drives that are just a few years old should still be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. So if yours fails, you may be eligible for a free replacement.

Search for ‘your hard drive manufacturer’s name’ rma (short for ‘return merchandise authorisation’) online and you should find the appropriate web page for checking if your drive is still covered and how to return it for a replacement. Just remember that this process won’t recover any of your data, so you’ll need to do that yourself beforehand.

This also means it’s worth paying close attention to warranties when you buy a new hard drive. Manufacturers that offer warranties of three years are more are clearly confident about their hard drives, for example, whereas those that only offer one may not be.

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What about solid state drives?

While we’ve been talking about hard drives so far, some of the above problems also apply to solid-state drives.

Since SSDs have no moving parts, they’re much more resistant to impact damage than a hard drive and they won’t ever make strange noises. They can still suffer from bad sectors and manufacturing defects, though, and they also support SMART monitoring. So by all means switch to an SSD for the speed benefits, but don’t do it just for the sake of reliability

What happens when it is about to crush and need to recover  my data?

Do not attempt to do the recovery. Just bring it to the best and professional data recovery company if in East Africa called East African Data Handlers.

 

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17 Sep

How to Recover Data When Your Hard Drive Goes Kaput

Imagine this: Hard drive is failing , you’re busy working on your computer and need to access documents saved on your external hard drive. You connect it, get ready to find your data, and…nothing happens. Your hard drive isn’t working. Uh oh. Before you panic, there are several things you can try on your own before calling in the pros.

Data loss can be due to a number of factors, but two are the most common. The first (and easiest to resolve) is software related. You’ve accidentally deleted an important folder and emptied the recycle bin, or gone and formatted the wrong drive by mistake. The second—and probably most common—cause of data loss is a fault with the hard drive itself. Given the complexity of modern drives it’s no wonder that somewhere along the line something will go wrong. When the drive suffers from some form of failure there’s often little that you can do yourself to get the data back—professional data recovery services are usually required. However, there are certain failures that you can attempt to resolve yourself.

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