The Case of the missing Tractor GPS data

I recently received a phone call from a distressed farmer who had driven 4 hours from Southern Cross because the GPS device which attaches to his tractor had received a power surge and would now not boot up.  Farmers use these devices to track where they have sprayed ...

Swapping ROMs when a Hard Drive PCB is replaced

Diagnosis of a damaged PCB One of the first steps in Data Recovery is assessing the health of the electronics of a hard drive and a replacement of the PCB should occur if The PCB appears damaged If the hard drive does not spin up then it is usually due to a damaged...

Data Recovery Tools for only Ten Dollars

I use  data recovery tools from Salvation Data which are specifically designed for Western Digital and Seagate hard drives and they are essential in my daily work when assessing  the health of a hard drive. These tools allow you to do the following  tasks; Diagnose...

Firmware Corruption – Seagate 7200.14

It is quite common to encounter firmware corruption on Seagate Hard Drives of all their models but the latest Seagate drives the 7200.14 have added  a new twist. The Seagate 7200.11 and 7200.12 drives had the familiar busy error where the drive does not show up in you...

Data Recovery – File Systems FAT32

File Systems File systems describe the records and indexes that an Operating System (Windows , Linux) use to retrieve and store data on the hard drive. Before we talk about the simplest filesystem FAT it is important to note all windows based hard drives contain 2...

Data Recovery – The System Area

OK we have got our hard drive with all it’s parts working properly what else can go wrong? Well as explained previously the data is contained on the magnetic surface of the drive and this surface can fail. In addition the data written to it can be corrupted and...

Data Recovery – What is it?

A frequent response I receive from customers when I try explain the Data Recovery process is “I don’t care about the Hard Drive I just want the data back”.  Unfortunately much of the time the reason for the data loss is damage to the hard drive and...

Backup Drives – How Reliable are They?

You have gone and purchased a  Backup drive such as a Western Digital My Book Essential and backed up all your important data or you have had to transfer data from your computer’s hard drive  because it has become too full. You now feel the warm glow of securing...

Warranty changes for Seagate and Western Digital drives

Both of the major hard drive manufacturers have announced significant changes to the warranties of their hard drive products. While this is not recent news it has significant impact for Data Recovery. While most PC components have become both cheaper and more reliable...