At R3 we have jobs sent to us ranging from Mechanical failures and degraded drives to drives which have been formatted and/or re-installed and overwritten. However, there can be occasions where we get sent a drive that has had some form of attack, whether it is a drive that has been afflicted with a virus, or if it is a drive that has had a Malware attack. We have even had a server sent to us which was infected with a virus and also had a malware attack (Ransomware).
When handling a ransomware case or any case where there is a potential threat for a virus to affect our machines/network we must follow a strict procedure so there is no way of the virus infecting our network infrastructure.
Ensuring clones of the data transfer machine we are going to use have been done and the machine is disconnected in every way from the network is just one of the precautions we take.
After said drive has been recovered/cloned by the engineers. Multiple virus scans are done on the image drive so that we know that if there are any threats on the drive we are able to remove them before we begin the data transfer procedure. If we didn’t do this stage and we began to copy the data without doing a virus scan on the drive, it is more than likely we will copy the virus over to the new drive and the customer wouldn’t be any better off.
All this is done so that we know 100% if there was a threat it wouldn’t affect our internal systems and that the data we are copying for the customer is 100% free of any virus and any potential threats to the machines that they use.
I have recently used R3D to retrieve data from an external hard drive.
I called Andy at 11pm on a Saturday after my hard drive failed, he immediately ran through the symptoms and calmed my fears that all data was lost, but was honest that data recoveries are not always successful.
I required the data immediately as it was for a deadline the following Friday, the issue was I was based in London and the lab based in Sheffield.
After searching all data companies in and around London none would answer my call on a Saturday. In fact no one else would answer my call or say they could look at my case on the Sunday.
I took the drive myself to R3D and was very impressed with their facilities. Andy also explained the whole process and what they were doing at each stage.
Unfortunately the hard drive had a physical failure and needed to be rebuilt to have any chance of recovering the information.
After starting the rebuild at 4pm on the Sunday, Andy advised it would take him and his team until the morning to know if any information was recoverable - fantastic I thought. Andy and Mark got to work on my drive as soon as I left and by 10pm on Sunday they had retrieved almost the entirety of the information of my hard drive.
I cannot reccomend R3D highly enough, they are clearly experts in their field and have a passion for what they do. Through the whole process Andy kept me informed of progress and explained everything they were doing.
If you have a crisis or any data recovery needs these are the guys you need!
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