This week saw Andy Butlers 50th birthday come and go, and the first 8TB drive to arrive in the lab for recovery. A new problem needing a new solution.
“To think 35 years ago I was recording data onto cassette and video tape, 40 years ago repairing and recovering sound recording from to reel to reel tape. In 1976 as a boy shopping in Gum Dept Store Moscow the checkout was an abacus !.”
“Tape recording essentially being the basis of how hard drives platters and read write heads were developed. It would not take long on a smart phones calculator to work out how many 60min cassette recordings can be fitted on an 8TB hard drive. “
But consider this, in the days of telex and the transmission of data accross time zones by radio frequency, ticker tape was used to store data. ” I remember intercepting the TASS news agency feed between Moscow and Murmansk on a Royal Signals telex, and getting told off for wasting paper, in the space of minutes I had rolls and rolls of paper output, and that was just a few pages of a newspaper.” How many hectares of trees would have to be felled today to store the output of an 8TB drive full of text files to ticker tape? - Answers to [email protected]
Today the Security House lab is a centre for recovery of data.
Over the years I have recovered data from all manner of storage, ranging from floppy discs, to hard drives, SSD and even 100 TB SAN.
The R3 team of engineers have now brought together an increasing production capacity at the highest success rates in the UK data recovery industry and hopefully ever increasing data volumes will keep us occupied for many more for years to come
R&D success is helping find solutions to drives declared unrecoverable after fire, flood, power or user interference. To help develop a recovery solution for these latest Seagate 8TB Archive HDD, we bought 2 new similar 8TB drives to add to our growing stock of 8000 donors.
Once control of the heads was restored, the platters were readable, and data was accessible from the image created as part of the hard drive recovery process.
Be sure to protect your storage and backup drives with a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) this includes SSD and flash memory devices which are more prone to fail from interference and intensive use / large data transfers.
If your hard drive does fail then be sure to call Andy and the team at R3 Data Recovery.
I lost my data after inadvertently deleting my hard drive instead of my wife’s micro SD card in her phone. This was late at night after putting in some serious hours so I can only assume I was over tired and not really thinking. I right clicked the drive I thought was my wife’s card, it asked if I wanted to format it, I said ok and renamed it. A few seconds passed and I took out the SD card put it in the phone and the photos were still there. It took me a few moments to realise what I had done. When I went to the drive that held ten years work there was nothing there and it was renamed.
I went drip white I could hardly breathe… My wife came in asking what was wrong I explained that I had deleted the hard drive and lost everything not just photos, contracts, books I wrote, manuals for my company, all the history of everything I had ever done.
I quickly Googled data recovery whilst my wife found my friend Jack Daniels, there were a few that came up some saying they were 24 hours, when I rang no answer. I came across R3 Data Recovery and they said they were 24 hours, I rang and a real person answered my call. The chap I spoke to calmed me down, asked what I had done and what I had done after. I had the insight to not try and do anything myself as well as do nothing else to the drive. He told me they have great success and a good track record. I explained to him that right now I had lost anything so any data recovery would be better than none.
I have now had the drive back for a week or so and I have not found any of the work that is missing. I have lost my honeymoon pictures, however I may have these on disc somewhere. I estimate the data recovery is about 85%-90% successful. I know there are things missing but it has allowed me to carry on seamlessly without any major issues. I have as of yet to have really missed something. There was a bit of a glitch with the lead that when I connected the drive to the computer it told me the drive had malfunctioned. They organised a pick up the next day and within three days I had a new lead and the data was there. I think all in all even with the lead issue the returned my data within the ten days they said.
I cannot recommend them highly enough. Do not go for anyone else nor attempt anything yourself just call these guys and leave it with them, They kept me very informed and have done a cracking job I am amazed… they exceeded my expectations, thankfully.
Thank you R3 Data Recovery
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