Hard Drive Recovery Tips For Disaster-damaged Storage
Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:43 AM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:18 AM
Can't agree with you enough. On those few occasions when I've had a hard drive go down the tubes, all I had to do, once I went out and bought a new drive, was to restore my backups. In a matter of minutes it was like nothing had happened. And it stayed that way until my Visa billed showed up.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:24 PM
Never assume that data is unrecoverable, no matter what it has been through.
Do not shake, disassemble or attempt to clean any hard drive or server that has been damaged - improper handling can make recovery operations more difficult which can lead to valuable information being lost.
Do not attempt to operate visibly damaged devices.
Do not attempt to freeze-dry media.
Do not use common software utility programs on broken or water-damaged devices.
There are other companies that can assist with flood damaged drives. As an example, Kroll Ontrack is offering free data recovery evaluations for storage devices affected by Hurricane Sandy and with their labs in NJ and DC they are a great local solution.