How to Avoid the Need for Data Recovery

While we are always grateful for the business, data recovery is obviously something that you want to avoid, so what is the best way limit your exposure to the risk of losing your data to hardware failure? Option 1: Buy the World’s Most Reliable Make of Hard Drive? At Tierra we are often asked for […]

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What You Need to Know Before Considering RAID Recovery

You pray that you will never need them but if worst comes to the worst how do you choose someone to trust from the myriad RAID recovery services represented online? The first point to understand is that even within the already tightly focused field of hard drive data recovery the work of this represents another […]

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Clicking Hard Disk Recovery, A Case Study

We recently received a drive from a client who had been told that in order to continue his hard disk recovery a head-swap would be necessary as the drive was clicking. This prognosis had been received from someone who in turn had almost certainly read online about the famous “click of death”. A sound which […]

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What is Involved in a RAID 5 Recovery?

RAID 5 is the most commonly encountered RAID configuration in commercial applications, there are good reasons for this, offering as it does an excellent balance between optimising the access speed to the data stored and protecting against data loss through hardware failure, however this doesn’t eliminate the very occasional need for RAID 5 recovery. For […]

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Why Do RAID-0 Striped Arrays Fail So Often?

One of the more common requests that we receive here at Tierra is for RAID 0 recovery. It is often the case that those clients who need it did not even realise that they had this configured in the first place. We usually encounter this configuration on external hard drives which (often unknown to the […]

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Why Data Recovery Services Don’t Like it When you Open Your Hard Drive at Home

When your failed hard drive is making a clicking sound or perhaps isn’t spinning up at all but is making a beeping noise there can be a strong temptation to open the drive itself, take the advice that would be offered by all data recovery services; don’t do it. Perhaps the thinking behind the desire […]

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RAID Data Recovery, Why is it Needed?

RAID 5 is one of the most widely used means of protecting vital data against hardware failure, so why might you find that you need RAID data recovery? How Does RAID5 Protect Against the Need for RAID Data Recovery? A RAID5 is composed of a minimum of 3 individual physical hard drives. Any single one […]

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Photo Recovery from a Hard Drive

The purpose of this article is to give some guidance regarding what to do and what not to do when you need to carry out photo recovery from your hard drive. When it comes to data recovery, photographs are top of most peoples’ priority list as they are of course the most difficult to replace. […]

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File Recovery Software

Probably the single most commonly conducted type of do-it-yourself home data recovery involves attempting file recovery using commercial data recovery software. The purpose of this short article is to give some advice regarding how to proceed with such work. It has been prompted by the regular receipt in our labs of hard drives which have […]

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What Happened To My External Hard Drive?

A commonly asked question regarding external hard drives is from people who have dropped their hard drive and want to know if the data can still be recovered. While it is never possible to answer this definitively without a physical analysis of the drive in question, it is possible to give some information regarding the likely […]

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