October 29th, 2012
Data recovery software, services and tools are essential items for highly skilled professional companies offering related services, as is our data recapturing group. Although retrieval products and systems are extensively advertised on the internet, some offering free downloads; one’s approach should be on the side of caution.
Depending on the cause of the problem being experienced, taking the DIY route and employing incorrect methods, may result in data becoming lost with no chance of being subsequently recaptured, even by experts. However, there are reputable software suppliers who use the same medium to advertise their services and products – you just need to ensure that you are dealing with one of them and not the other kind.
There are many different categories of data recovery software and services, which includes the required tools for each.
Types and Purposes
- Email migration
- Data base
- Files and their repair
- Open Office
- Memory stick
There are suppliers of products who periodically review market offerings, which are of great assistance in giving qualified information to users, who can then avoid some of the pitfalls of making an incorrect purchase for their purposes. If they guarantee a no-risk or obligation evaluation, plus their verifiable contact details and address, chances are much greater that they stand by their products.
Hard drive data recovery is definitely best left to our experts. It is vitally important to ascertain whether the problem can be corrected with software or whether a faulty hard drive is the source of the issue.
Identify a Faulty Hard Drive
These are some of the symptoms of a faulty hard drive:
- Clicking, whirring or other unusual mechanical sound is heard
- “No boot device present press any key to continue” and hard drive is not recognised in the BIOS
- PC has an I/O error and user cannot access operating system
- Failed server and drives structured with RAID
- Hard drive is spinning, but unable to be detected in the BIOS
- Poor, extremely slow performance can be indicative of an imminent hard drive failure
- Frequent freezing
- Corrupted data
- Strange behaviour, like refusing to boot up again after experiencing a serious error
- Frequent, sudden appearance of error messages, related to the file system during normal usage
- Start up problems, either excessively slow or complete refusal to start up
Hard drive investigations, evaluations, repair, and actual data recovery from the hard drive, must only be undertaken by qualified and experienced technical specialists like our expert team, who operates in a certified Class 100 clean room, one of which is in place in each of our branches.
This perfectly sealed room with air management and filtration systems ensures that when a hard drive is opened and worked on, no pollutants, dust, humidity and other airborne debris can contaminate the highly sensitive surface of the drive and its components. Any pollution will have serious adverse effects on this delicate equipment. Certification is normally renewed annually, providing that the room maintains its clean properties.
Our company and highly qualified, experienced technicians employ the latest, most up to data retrieval software and hardware. Our dynamic management team and each and every employee are fully aware that when computer problems strike, customers are, at best, unhappy and at worst, they panic; an indication of how valuable stored data, records and information really are.
When anything goes wrong, hard- or software related, it means trouble to the user and not all users are equally comfortable with this technology, even when it is trouble-free and working correctly. We truly understand their deep concern and worries, ensuring that they are treated with due respect and integrity.
Down time is feared by one and all, especially those who work from home, whether for themselves or as employees of a company. No one can really afford to be incommunicado for long, and permanent data loss represents the worst possible scenario.
All it takes to start resolving your problem, whether it is related to data recovery software, services and tools or hardware, is a phone call to one of our trained staff members, who will troubleshoot with you and recommend a solution. We undertake to help you in the shortest possible time.
September 10th, 2012
Losing data on a PC always causes an upset because the information stored there is often important to us. After all, why else would you want to keep it stored there in the first place? Data is often stored on individual hard drives, on RAIDs and now days it is stored in something called a data cloud.
Hard drives and RAID’s are physical devices that store information on platters or discs that are combined on top of one another, where as a cloud is a virtual drive that basically exists in cyberspace. A cloud, says Intratec, is an effective way to store all of your data because there is no way for you to lose it, even if you delete the copies on your local computer, you can still go back to the cloud to retrieve the data.
Even though cloud storage is a new technology and an effective measure against data loss, it is still expensive to implement on your own or for your company. The other alternative is to try and access the service via the internet and through big companies like Google, but you have to be careful with what you put in there because the people that are hosting your data will always have access to it.
Why Data Loss Occurs So Often
A regular hard drive on the other hand is limited to its physical operation as well as the operations that are performed on it by the user. In other words, the data that is stored on the drive can be lost whenever the drive get corrupted or it simply stops working, and it the data itself can be lost by the user, either by deleting the data or accidently loading a virus on to the machine.
The web is full of viruses that can get onto your computer from just about anywhere. The moment they have been copied onto your hard drive somewhere, they begin their dirty work of corrupting your files, changing and even deleting your data. The same thing happens to a RAID when it gets infected with a virus, with the only difference is that there is usually a lot more data to lose.
Possible Solutions That Can Help Prevent Unwanted Data
A RAID basically functions like a group of individual hard drives working together. Sometimes it only consists of a single drive and sometimes many, and it also offers a fair amount of data security because the drives can be mirrored and exact duplicates of the data you require can be stored on another part of the RAID. That way you can prevent data loss by having duplicate information stored in the same place.
If you are an individual user and your computer only has a single hard drive, then things get a little more difficult. The only way to prevent any data loss on your computer is to make a back-up of all your data and try to store off the hard drive somewhere. That way you can revert back to it if something does happen to your computer. Unfortunately, if you have already lost your data, regardless of whether you are using a single drive or a RAID, the process for data recovery gets a little tough.
Recovering the Data You Have Already Lost
In most cases the data deleted by a user or lost from a virus is usually still on the drive until it gets written over by other data. The process of recovery in that instance is very much the same as taking the deleted files out of your recycle bin, all that needs to happen is the data needs to be extracted, and the minor change that is made to the bits and bytes of data is restored so that it is readable again.
When your drives physically crash the recovery process is a lot more complicated. Thankfully the process of recovering your lost data is still a possibility because the drives can be taken apart and rebuilt in a clean room, where they individual platters are read and the data extracted and stored in a readable place. The whole process can be quite costly, and only worth your while if the data is critical and you cannot afford to lose it.
So make sure you keep your drives clean and virus free, and always remember that even though the data is lost, it can always be recovered in one way or another.
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August 2nd, 2012
Your computer often contains very important information such as private messages, client details, accounting details and even personal information such as family photos and scanned documents. It is for this reason that you need to make sure that your information is secured and backed up at all times, since you never know when disaster can strike. A crashed hard drive, accidental deletion and even theft can all contribute to unwanted information loss and this can leave you in an awkward position.
It is therefore essential to obtain a data recovery quotation from a professional data recovery services provider such as Intratec.
Businesses are especially vulnerable to information being lost or deleted, since they have multiple computer operators or employees, and accidents do happen. This is why many organizations have a centralized system that manages their information and keeps it safe. Users are logged into the system and backups are being done on a daily basis to ensure that all information is kept secure.
Losing information is not only threatening concern for businesses, but it is also a legal requirement for them to retain all their information and documentation for a predetermined time before it can be archived or destroyed. This is to allow for accurate record keeping and the preservation of information in the event that it is needed in any legal disputes or other important situations. Therefore, businesses need to make sure that they have a reliable system to keep track of their information, and perform regular maintenance and backups. This can be done by allowing for backups to be done in more than one location, and that all backed up information be verified to ensure validity.
Security is another aspect that is extremely important for any business. Information needs to be kept in a safe location that is only accessible to authorised users. In many cases, especially when a business works with sensitive client information, the law requires a level of privacy that needs to be upheld for all customers and businesses need to comply with these regulations to avoid having to pay penalties and make themselves vulnerable to legal battles. Unfortunately, computer equipment can be damaged or become faulty; it can also fall victim to theft, which is why there is always a risk of information being lost. When this happens, you need to make use of a professional information recovering service in order to get your information back.
Although recovery is not always completely guaranteed, this service has a very high success rate and it is the only real chance that you have to get your information back when your disk has been damaged or your computer system is stolen. People often save their information on their notebooks and this is a high theft risk for most people. Notebooks are portable and this has the added risk of being much more vulnerable to theft.
Hard drive recovery is a very essential service that allows people and businesses to regain their valuable information on damaged disks. The process is quite complicated, which is why special equipment is needed to perform this service. Your hardware can be carefully analysed and disks can even be recreated to assist with the recovery of information. This service include recovering damaged email messages, documents and photos on computer devices, as well as recovering damaged disk partitions.
Some of these processes can be quite complex, especially in the case with larger organizations that had significant damage to their equipment. This means that there is potentially a lot of work and effort going into this service and this is why customers are being encouraged to always ensure that they have secure backups in various locations to avoid the potential loss of information when equipment stops working or when a computer system gets stolen.
Depending on the amount of information you are looking to retrieve, the costs associated with this service can vary. By requesting a comprehensive data recovery quotation from a professional service provider such as Intratec, you will be able to see how cost effective this service is. Especially if you consider that your information can be recovered in most cases and you will have your information back, save and secure. It’s a very cost effective way of regaining your data, since it can be potentially expensive for businesses to lose information.
July 6th, 2012
Most people are fully aware of operating systems such as Windows which is commonly used but Windows is not the only operating system available on the market. Another well known operating system is Linux. For the average user using Linux might proof to be quite beneficial but Linux data recovery is something which should rather be done by professionals such as Intratec.
You might be asking why people use Linux operating systems. Well for one thing, it’s a free open source operating system which allows its users to modify it as they please. Commonly used as a server, the loss of data will be costly for any company, and the recovery of the data are thus vital. Intratec’s knowledgeable and skilled technicians are highly trained in Linux data recovery. Since they understand the more complexities of this operating system, they can recover any and all data lost from the server or hard drive.
Linux systems are widely used as servers, but apart from that they have been used for an array of purposes due to its stability and speed. The latter is because Linux does not make use of many graphic resources which allows the operating system to run at higher speed.
Some of the purposes for which Linux are distributed include security, computer architecture support, localisation to particular language or region settings and more. Embedded Linux operating systems are incorporated in media players, personal digital assistants, mobile phones and other network equipment, consumer electronic, machine control and other devices that require embedded computer systems.
Although Linux is considered to be one of the most stable operating systems available, a number of things might happen that will require Linux data recovery solutions. When this happens be sure to contact Intratec. With more than 5 years experience recovering data on a number of operating systems and more, Intratec will not only be able to safe your data, but your time and money too!
July 6th, 2012
Making Use of Professional RAID Recovery Services
Data loss is not something that anyone wants to deal with but it is unfortunately a reality that people are facing every day. Losing valuable information can be frustrating and also challenging, as the process of recovering this data can be quite challenging. With data recovery being such a specialised process, it’s best to leave this task for a professional team that has the necessary knowledge and experience to handle this.
Recovering data from RAID configurations is a specialised service and this includes a thorough analysis and diagnosis of the drive prior to starting the data retrieval process. A cloned image of the drive is then created with the help of specialised software before the data is being analysed and recovered. In the event that the image is not available, professionals will reconstruct the data in the same way as it would have appeared in the original system. If the hard drive obtained physical damage, the damaged components are replaced and the drive is reassembled in a professional clean room.
Recovering data is essential if you have lost valuable information; this can be due to human error, hardware malfunction, or a virus attack. Users have been known to accidentally delete information or files in error, or fail to regularly save their data and then have it lost due to an unforeseen power failure. Hardware failure is also a common issue within organisations and lager companies have a greater risk of hardware failures since they have more computer systems to maintain then their smaller counterparts.
With specialised data recovery in Johannesburg, consumers can have their valuable data retrieved from any hard drive; this is a very complicated and risky operation that should always be left for the professionals. With the right equipment and expertise, consumers will have an option to recover their data in the event of a hardware failure, virus attack, or accidental deletion.
June 25th, 2012
Data recovery is the process of salvaging data from damaged, failed, corrupted, or inaccessible secondary storage media when it cannot be accessed normally. Often the data are being salvaged from storage media such as internal or external hard disk drives, solid-state drives (SSD), USB flash drive, storage tapes, CDs, DVDs, RAID, and other electronics. Recovery may be required due to physical damage to the storage device or logical damage to the file system that prevents it from being mounted by the host operating system.
May 15th, 2012
Have you ever experienced losing data from your desktop or notebook? The loss is always inconvenient but mostly costly, and although a back-up is a must, not everyone always make one. This is when the professional help of a data recoveryexpert comes into play. Intratec is a data recovery company that offer you the solution to your problem.
When Data Recovery Is Needed?
With so many viruses going around, your computer might not have been equipped with the right anti-virus system which left it vulnerable and ended in the loss of data. But all is not loss. Intratec’s professional data recoverysolutions will be able to recover data that might have been deleted, lost, damaged or corrupted. In cases where storage media was erroneously or accidentally formatted, the drive was FDisk-ed or situations such as RAID system failures (RAID 0 – 5), Intratec will be able to recover the data.
Physical damage to storage devices where the BIOS does not recognise the drive, the drive doesn’t spin or even when it’s making strange noises are usually due to environmental surroundings or circumstances. This is when you will require a professional data recoveryservice such as Intratec to assist, because even if you tried to connect the storage device to another computer, no software solution will be able to read the hard drive.
Data recovery is often called for in aiding civil cases where illegal activity left a trail but the suspects tried to damage or discard the information from the hard drive. Known as computer forensics, the use of computer technology is applied to recover the altered or damaged data which is then incorporated in a civil case as evidence. By the use of Intratec’s knowledge and 10 year experience in computer forensics, data recovered can often make or break cases such as employee misconduct, sexual harassment, fraud, and so forth.
For whatever reason you require data recovery, be sure to contact Intratec. Their high standard of professionalism, knowledge and skill has saved many, both personal and corporate, from the misfortune of losing data.
April 25th, 2012
Data Recovery in Pretoria is Here to Stay Due to Cybercrime
Cybercrime is increasingly becoming a problem in South Africa, with the recent R42 PostBank heist acting as poster child for all references to cybercrime. Data recovery in Pretoria is set to play an increasingly important role in the future – not only locate and identify digital fingerprints left by cybercriminals, but to prevent attacks from happening.
But in using the PostBank case as an example of typical cybercrimes, the average layman’s definition of cybercrime might be misconstrued, identifying such an occurrence as something that happens to big business entities, and usually involving a large sum of money. But it isn’t. A cybercrime occurs when a Facebook or bank account is hacked, or when some form of theft, however small, occurs. The case for data recovery in Pretoria is bolstered by the scale of local IT infrastructure, and its proximity to South Africa’s financial hub, Johannesburg.
According to a March 2012 newspaper report, South Africa has lost almost R1bn to cybercrime in the last three years – a conservative figure according to some. And while the occasional big corporate attacks attract the most attention, and contribute a substantial amount to the overall economic impact of cybercrime, it’s small businesses who are hit most often, and the hardest. After all, a loss of R1, 000 to a small business is more serious than a loss of R50, 000 to a big corporate entity.
Data recovery in Pretoria seeks to reconstruct the digital events that took place when the crime occurred. It’s a solution for businesses of all sizes. More importantly, it’s not only a solution that helps detect the digital history of an intrusion, it’s also relevant in efforts to prevent future intrusions; it has the ability to see where access was first gained, how the system was used and where potential weak spots are.
As more and more businesses in and around Gauteng are connected to the internet, data recovery in Pretoria will play an increasingly important role in detecting cybercrimes. Until government eases on the amount of red tape necessary to bring criminals to justice, it is, at the very least, also a good form of prevention.
February 7th, 2012
Advanced RAID Recovery Solutions to Prevent Large Scale Data Loss
Raid recovery solutions available from Intratec are designed around the client needs. As a company that has developed a proven track record of successful data recovering over the last couple of years, Intratec has expanded its market range to include Johannesburg and Durban in addition to Cape Town as major centres.
Major Reasons for RAID Array System Problems
Because we understand the reasons for array system failures, we are in the position to offer the most relevant RAID recovery solutions. System failure is often caused by human error, but can also be the result of software configuration problems or hardware failure. In addition to the above, transmission problems cannot be ruled out as the cause of a system failure.
Recovering From a System Failure
Our RAID recovery process commences with a full diagnosis of the system and possible causes for failure in addition to an assessment of data to be recovered and the most appropriate route to be followed. Data is then cloned through the use of special software and if an image is not available for cloning, we reconstruct such. Should hardware failure be the main cause of corruption or complete data loss, we identify components involved and replace such before proceeding with the recovery process, also involving reassembling of data drives.
In addition to RAID recoveries, we offer solutions for recovering of data on memory sticks, external drives, floppy and stiffy drives. Our solutions support numerous RAID configurations including Non-RAID, 0, 1, 1+0 and 5. Companies thus no longer have to fear complete loss of data and severe financial losses as our experts in RAID recovery will recommend and apply the most appropriate solutions. We provide written quotes ensuring that the client will never have to face unpleasant billing surprises.
January 10th, 2012
South Africa’s Foremost Desktop and Notebook Data Recovery Services Are Available Nationally
Desktop and notebook data recovery do not differ much in terms of the technology employed, but rather the scale of technology in question. Both typically use the same type of mechanical hard disk drives that employ platters of disks with heads that read them, but notebook hard drives are usually extremely compact and often a little slower in their read and write rates because of the miniaturised technology. Hard disks are extremely sensitive to dust and dirt and are tightly sealed to keep them uncontaminated.
Clean Room Facilities
While we perform both desktop and notebook data recovery, we can in fact perform data recovery on virtually any type of media and these include, but are not limited to:
- SATA, SCSI, IDE and SAS hard disk drives.
- 1.1-inch and 1.8-inch drives.
- 3.5-inch and 5.25-inch floppy disks.
- Smart media and flash cards.
- HDD iPods.
- Memory sticks.
Some of these media is manufactured to extremely tight tolerances and require Clean Room facilities before they can safely be stripped to perform data recovery. A Clean Room is a unique environment, because:
- It employs advanced filtration systems to keep dust out.
- It is kept under a constant high pressure for the same reason.
- The temperature can be precisely controlled.
- The humidity can be precisely controlled.
While not all desktop and notebook data recovery procedures would require a Clean Room, it is heartening to know that we offer the most advanced data recovery services in the country, with branches in Cape Town, Midrand and Durban. It is also more affordable than you think:
- Our rates are very competitive.
- We charge NOTHING for quoting, diagnosing and even if you reject a quote.
- We offer student discounts.
Make use of South Africa’s foremost desktop and notebook data recovery service today.