The excitement sets in. You can’t wait to get a new computer. However, you have to sell your old one first. That’s not a problem because you can always sell it online. Just as soon as you delete all the data in your computer, you can start selling it online. Easy as a pie, right?
Apparently, it’s not that easy. You see, you might be giving more than just a hardware. The data, you thought you deleted, could easily be retrieved by the buyer.
A team of researchers purchased some second-hand hard drives on Ebay that still had some data stored on them.
Maybe the previous owners tried to delete their data or maybe they didn’t. The point is, fragments of data were easily retrieved with the use of some recovery tools. That is really scary. It's pretty evident that those hard drives weren't cleaned out well.
Obviously, it takes a lot to clean out a hard drive.
Fredrik adds that manually deleting data isn’t foolproof as well.
If you have both personal and business data stored in your hard drive, you need to make sure that they’re all totally deleted. Before handing over your hard drive to its new owner, you need to make sure there aren’t any traces of your personal and business files. Keep in mind that your personal and business files are worth more than just the hard drive you’re selling.
With that in mind, the most important thing for you to do before selling your old computer is to take it to the experts at https://www.harddriverecovery.org/.
Their various data recovery services not only protect your personal and business files, they also ensure that your hard drive is cleaned out. Don’t take the risk of thinking that you’ve deleted all your files from your old hard drive. Let the experts do it for you. You will have peace of mind as you put your computer up for sale.
The Most Important Thing To Do Before Selling Your Old Computer is courtesy of Hard Drive Recovery Group Blog
Yes, your data should be backed up. It’s very important that all your computer files are backed up. If they’re not, you could lose them forever, whether you're talking about a Windows, or a Mac system.
Here’s another thing to consider when it comes to data backup. Just because all your data are safely backed up to a hard drive doesn’t mean they’re safe. You need to factor in hard drive failures that can eventually compromise your data. If you’re not factoring in hard drive failures, then your backups are in danger.
Here’s the reason why. Based on a report from a leading cloud backup firm, hard drive failures are on the rise.
The report shows the failure rates of the various models of Toshiba, HGST, Seagate, and WDC.
While the failure rates of the various hard drive models are quite low, the report still emphasizes the importance to back up data.
The whole point of backing up your data is to get them back immediately when the need arises. Unfortunately, you can never tell when that need is going to arise.
Considering the fact that branded HDDs still fail, you can’t be totally sure of getting back your files when you need them most. What you need is a reliable solution to a hard drive failure.
For Seagate data recovery, hover over to https://www.harddriverecovery.org/seagate-data-recovery.html to learn more about it. For Western Digital data recovery, visit https://www.harddriverecovery.org/western-digital-data-recovery.html. Both are useful resources for hard drive data recovery.
The following blog article Cloud Backup Firm Report Shows The Importance Of Data Backup was initially published on www.harddriverecovery.org
Hard Drive Recovery Group touches on staying productive in cases where high speed internet is not available and talks about professionally-preferred photo storage media in its latest blog posts. The company continues to offer a weekly blog with the aim to entertain and educate in a realm that few people consider "super exciting", namely "data recovery".
For many years now, software companies have been structuring their applications away from desktop installable programs to those that are available over the web. Often called "software as a service", this method of software delivery does allow the developer complete control, while allowing the user to benefit from immediate patches and upgrades, among other advantages. While this does work in an environment where there is always-on high speed internet, until recently, it was relatively useless for users in remote environments where Internet access is an issue.
"One of the most difficult things about the software as a service concept is that much of our daily lives are spent in zones where strong Internet is just not possible, despite smart phones," said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group. "Google has been huge in this arena, by creating smaller but fully functional versions of their software that allow people to work without Internet."
The article not only addresses Google apps such as Sheets, Drive and Calendar, but also other ways to stay productive when the Internet is not available. Easily the most often forgotten, and yet most important to the data recovery world is undoubtedly taking time to clean your hard drive, and checking out your current backups to ensure that they are indeed working.
"One of the things people rarely, if ever, consider is that it is very possible that the computer backups they have on hand are not actually functional," said Davies. "A time with no Internet is a fantastic time to see whether your backup software and hardware works, and if it does not, you have lots of time to address the situation before a future problem occurs."
A second recent post, entitled Photographers Share Proven Ways To Organize Digital Photos, discusses not only ways to organize your photographs in the age of digital photography, but also safety tips for people looking to ensure their photos live long beyond the device they are stored on.
"Because of the sheer availability of portable and external storage devices, saving your photographs can be quite easy, and certainly the large size of current external hard drives makes it possible to save them redundantly," said Davies. "We would recommend that you save any really important photographs not only to the device they were taken on, but also an external drive and a cloud service; the latter being either very cheap or free."
While many photographers do automatic backups of their photos, one of the best ways to find and file your photographs is simply to have a proper labeling system. This can be as simple as creating a file and folder naming convention that includes the time and the date.
"We recover photographs for professionals and amateurs alike, and one of the things that is always obvious with amateurs is that their photos tend to be managed poorly," said Davies. "In fact, we deal with far less professional photography simply because professionals are well versed on not only photo management and filing, but also consistent backups."
Whether you have a lot of digital photos or very few, ensuring their safety, from things like accidental deletion or even Ransomware is always going to be key to your piece of mind.
"The funny thing about digital photos is that so many people don't really care about them much until they have a hard drive failure," said Davies. "At that point, they usually begin to understand exactly what those photographs mean to them."
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External hard drives are heaven sent. Even with cloud technology, physical devices, like external hard drives, are still great backup and storage options.
External hard drives are always very easy to use.
Unfortunately, no external drive is infallible. No matter what brand, an external hard drive is bound to fail.
The first tip is pretty simple. You just have to make sure that your external hard drive is plugged in and turned on.
The second troubleshooting tip is probably what you usually do when your computer can’t seem to detect your external hard drive.
The third troubleshooting tip requires you to do some updating in your computer.
The fourth troubleshooting tip requires you to dig deeper into your computer.
There are actually 2 more troubleshooting tips but they’re too technical to consider. If you’re not an expert, you might even end up damaging your external drive.
If you’re not comfortable with these troubleshooting tips, it’s okay. You'll probably be more comfortable with a hard drive recovery service company that specializes in https://www.harddriverecovery.org/hard-drive-recovery-service.html.
The article 4 Troubleshooting Tips For Your External Hard Drive was originally published on Hard Drive Recovery Group Blog
Your photos are priceless. They depict moments that can never be replicated. Thanks to smartphones, it’s so easy to seize the moment. You can take hundreds or maybe even thousands of photos to seize the moment. The only downside is that you’ll have too many photos to organize.
Organizing photos, whether they’re digital or not, could be very time consuming. Unfortunately, deleting some of them could be heartbreaking as well. There really is no easy way to organize all your photos. One thing for sure, you need to back them up. Just in case.
So, how should you go about doing it? How can you organize your photos? Professional photographers share proven ways to organize your digital photos.
Kenny Kim from Kenny Kim Photography recommends that you back up to the cloud.
Susan Portnoy of The Insatiable Traveler recommends stocking up on memory cards and external drives.
Travel photographer, Charlie Gardiner, uses editing software to backup and to organize his photos.
Wedding photographer Kaitlin Cooper uses a network-attached storage device.
Dan Gold from Halfhalftravel uses Backblaze to back up his hard drives.
Both Viktoria Altman of Travel Tipster and Matthew Maxey of ICON Sportswire spend time creating folders for all their photos.
According to Viktoria Altman;
Here’s how Matthew Maxey does it.
Jocelyn Voo of Everly Studios uses services to send and to store her photos.
No doubt, these are great ways to organize your photos. They also add a couple of layers of protection, ensuring that your photos last longer. Nonetheless, there’s still no guarantee that they will, especially if you resort to using various hardware devices such your computer and external hard drives. They can eventually fail.
That simply means a hard drive failure is inevitable. Don’t worry because there are experts who can help get back, not just your photos but everything else from your https://www.harddriverecovery.org/damaged-hard-drive.html.
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Hard Drive Recovery Group touches on Ransomware and how to fight it, as well as the end of the long reign of Windows 7 in two new blog posts. The company continues to offer a weekly blog with the aim to entertain and educate in a realm that few people consider "groundbreakingly exciting", namely: hard drives.
As computer viruses have begun to become less of a threat because of near universal anti-virus protection (including Microsoft's Defender, which comes free with almost every edition of Windows 10), ransomware has become a new, dark threat that plays on the trust of users, tricking them into installing a virus on to their computers willingly.
"In many ways, ransomware is just like a basic virus, in that the user is tricked into downloading and installing an app they should not," said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group. "The difference is where the trick is played - where viruses usually play on the idea that people will double click on files they assume are trusted, Ransomware actually tricks people into thinking something is wrong with their computer, and that an app is the only thing that can help them."
While certainly some might say that this is indeed the business model of many software companies, what makes Ransomware truly evil is that in some cases it may all but disable the computer's function. Then, the user is typically required to "pay a ransom" in order to have their computer restored.
"Sadly, although Firefox and Chrome have been rock solid when it comes to fighting scripts that will auto-install pieces of ransomware on computers, there are still rogue ads that can attack your computer," said Davies. "The sad fact is that often these ransomware apps don't even accomplish what they claim to be able to do - instead, they often simply disable themselves totally once a ransom is paid."
While ransomware typically used to be the domain of consumers on their personal computers, recent ransomware has affected governments and cities, prompting CBS' 60 Minutes to profile the issue. The post, Keep Your Computer Safe From Ransomware summarizes and discusses the key points of the piece. Hard Drive Recovery Group advises computer users to always think twice when a script or what even appears to be a Windows message demands that they install a new application.
"Nowadays, Windows typically handles its Update services behind the scenes, so it is extremely rare that you will receive a message that instructs you to install a new application," said Davies. "When you break it down, the best way to avoid this stuff is simply to close out your browser, research the potential ransomware, and then move on."
A second blog post, entitled Windows 7: Thanks For The Memories, outlines the fact that Microsoft has completely shut down support for the operating system, making it a high risk operating system that is no longer being maintained and supported.
"While Windows 7 was really the first operating system by Microsoft to be truly robust and majorly stable compared to earlier versions, it doesn't have that huge of an audience compared to when, say, XP was replaced by Windows 7," said Davies. "This is because during the Windows 10 release, Microsoft virtually gave the operating system for free to Windows 7 users, and only a small percentage did not take them up on that offer."
Still, as time goes on, Windows 7 machines will become riskier and riskier to run, said Davies. Newer applications are already sometimes difficult to install and run on the OS, and viruses may not stand up to the older security modules in Windows 7.
"As with almost anything in computing, newer is usually better," said Davies.
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It’s frustrating when there’s no internet. You can’t seem to do anything. Everything you do seems to be dependent on the internet. So, when you can’t connect, you can’t work.
It doesn’t have to be that way. You can still stay productive even if you can’t connect to the internet. Here’s a list of things to do when you can’t seem to connect to the internet.
The first on the list of things to do to stay productive is to check out services that aren’t web-based.
The second productive task you can do when you can’t seem to connect to the internet is to do some cleaning up.
The best time to organize files is when you just can’t seem to connect to the internet. As boring as it may sound, just do it.
The third productive thing you can do is to finally catch up on other tasks. Aside from computer-related stuff, there are other things you can do.
Another productive thing you can do is to take advantage of the time to brainstorm new ideas.
If you can’t seem to get any work done because there’s no internet connection, why not take advantage of the time to learn something new, like Photoshop. You can also use the downtime to learn more about Excel.
How about you take a walk? You probably need it.
The most productive thing you can do when there’s no internet is to check your backups. This is not to say that you shouldn’t check your backups when there’s internet connection, it’s just that it’s probably not a priority of yours.
It’s important to check your backups. Check your external hard drives and see if they're working. If they're not, then why not seek professional hard drive recovery service to make sure your backups are retrievable.
Now, be careful. Just because you have some time to spare, doesn’t mean you can tinker with your hard drive. Don't waste time doing that. Instead, leave it to the experts who can find some repairable solutions to a https://www.harddriverecovery.org/hard-drive-failure.html.
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Is your Mac backed up? If it's not, then back it up. Just because it’s a Mac, doesn’t mean it’s spared from any kind of damage. You have to think ahead. Back up your Mac to protect your data.
There’s really no reason for you not to back up your Mac. Considering how easy it is, especially with the new OS, you should just do it.
You can back up your Mac with these two easy options.
Here’s how you can set up your Mac with the Time Machine.
You can also use an external storage device with Time Machine. Here’s how it can be done.
If Mac doesn’t give you the option to use Time Machine, follow the steps below.
iCloud is your other option. Here’s how you can set it up to back up your Mac.
So, go back up your Mac now. In case, anything happens to to your Mac and you can't seem to get your data back from Time Machine, don't worry because you can always consider a reliable https://www.harddriverecovery.org/mac-data-recovery/service.
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It’s heartbreaking. The end is near for Windows 7. We have been warned but it’s really hard to accept it. In less than a year, there will be no more support for Windows 7.
Computer expert, Klaus Fuechsel, shares his sentiments on the slow and sad passing of Windows 7.
It takes some time to adjust to a new operating system. Windows 7 is very easy to use. Unfortunately, change is inevitable.
Question is, what are the options for diehard Windows 7 users like us?
Leaving Windows 7 to work as it is, could endanger our privacy. Upgrading seems to be the most practical option but there is also the threat of losing data. No matter what OS we use, data loss is always a threat.
Going back to Windows 7, well, thanks for the memories.
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Ransomware is the latest cyber threat. It silently infects your computer. You won't be able to access your files. Don't become a victim. Read on to learn more about it.
Although it could be prevented, some cities have already been hit by it.
There are ways to prevent a ransom attack. Know more about them so that you could keep your computer safe from ransomware.
The first thing you can do to prevent ransomware from infecting your computer is to practice what the experts call “cyber hygiene.”
Another way to prevent ransomware from attacking, is to keep an open eye on phishing emails.
You should also make sure that your computer’s software is updated.
Last but not the least, you always have to be prepared. You should never ever think that it’s not going to happen to you because it can and it will.
If you have been practicing all the steps mentioned above and somehow, you still can’t access your files, then these emergency tips might be able to help you.
When it comes to https://www.harddriverecovery.org/hard-drive-failure.html, calling the experts might just be the best and safest way to get your data back.
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