Software-based hard-drive recovery (IDE, ATA, SATA, SCSI, etc) using Hetman Software products in Los Angeles.
Windows 10: Lossless MBR-to-GPT Conversion
Read about peculiarities of converting MBR and GPT disks in Windows 10, why it may result in losing data, and how you can prevent it.
Here is how the boot process worked in the early years: BIOS (basic input/output system) initialized devices and delegated control to the operating system. For that purpose, the BIOS addressed the partition table stored in the Master Boot Record of the hard drive. MBR-formatted disks had a maximal capacity of 2 TB and could not exceed four partitions. However, modern hard drives required a radical software upgrade, and MBR gave way to GPT.
Hybrid Hard Drives (SSHD) and Data Recovery
Read about hybrid drives and their types, and discover peculiarities of data recovery from SSHDs. Hybrid hard drives, or SSHD (Solid-State Hybrid Drives) are still specialty items, but they are slowly gaining popularity. Combining sheer storage capacity of traditional magnetic hard drives with extremely high access speed solid-state drives are known for, hybrid hard drives promise to offer the best of the two worlds. At least in theory.
Forensic Disk Analysis
Read about the difference between commercial anmd forensic approaches to data recovery. Information recovery methods in forensics; algorithms, requirements and software for collecting evidence.
Digital forensics and data recovery walk hand to hand. Developers of forensic analysis tools implement many of the same algorithms and use most of the same techniques available in the recovery tools. There are, however, certain differences in reasoning and approaches between the two categories of tools even aside of the massive price difference.
SMART Parameters and Early Signs
of a Failing Hard Disk
This article talks about tools to use and parameters to check for to prevent accidental data loss due to hard drive failure.
S.M.A.R.T. (or simply SMART) is a monitoring system built into most modern hard drives. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology. The technology helps detect various reliability problems at an early stage, giving warning signs well in advance before the hard drive fails. By reading (and interpreting) the indicators, the user can prevent data loss by replacing the disk before the crash occurs. But what S.M.A.R.T. flags should we look at? There are dozens available!
and Data Recovery Issues
What data fragmentation is and how it affects the quality of data recovery.
Disk fragmentation is a fact of our daily life. It’s a well-known fact that fragmentation affects performance, specifically the speed of disk access operations. However, disk fragmentation also has another aspect that’s rarely mentioned. If something goes wrong, fragmented files are much more difficult to recover even if you’re using the best data recovery tools. Why’s that? Let’s begin from explaining what disk fragmentation is.