Computer Repair Service – Laptop & PC Repairs

Data Recovery

Data Recovery Services

I offer a range of data recovery services.

I have various methods of recovering data from corrupt hard drives, non-responsive USB drives, faulty SD cards, etc. In the workshop I have a system which is dedicated to data recovery. The system has several professional software packages which can forensically retrieve data from corrupt drives and even recover deleted files if required.

Hard Drives

Data transfer from old computers using the old IDE pin configuration.

Data transfer from “dead-unit” computers.

Data retrieval from corrupt “ticking” drives.

SSD “dead-unit” data rescue.

USB Sticks

Data rescue from USB drives that no longer show up when connected.

Data recovery from broken USB drives.

SD Cards

Data recovery from SD cards that don’t show up.

Data retrieval from SD cards that have been accidentally formatted.

Retrieval of deleted photos.

Apple Drives

Hard drives from Apple computers use a completely different file format to Windows machines. I have a dedicated system for retrieving drives formatted to Apple standards.

Non-Destructive

The procedures that I use are all classed as “non-destructive” methods of data recovery. This, is in case we have to refer you to our affiliate partners and have to have the drive sent away for lab-level reconstruction.

Affiliate

In some cases, if I am unable to access and rescue your data, don’t panic, we refer you to an even higher level of expertise.

Computroon has an affiliate partnership with EADR. (East Anglia Data Recovery). This will involve you sending your drive down to their lab in Norfolk. There, they have the facilities within dust-free lab conditions to open and reconstruct your hard drive using donor parts from their vast library of working hard disk drives.

Over the years, this is a company that has earned my highest recommendation.

Advice & Tips

Never disassemble a hard drive.
Dust contamination on the disk platters will turn your hard drive into nothing more than a paperweight.

Backup
Always have your data in two locations. This may be a physical external drive, two computers or even the cloud.
If you have some important documents (spreadsheets, Word files, etc) that you’d really hate to lose, email them to yourself. Simply attach to an email and send to yourself. In your inbox, simply create a folder and call in “Safe” or “Archive” or something. You always have those files stored securely online without worrying about paying cloud storage costs.

USB – Never Save On The Fly
OK scenario: You have a Word document on your USB pen drive. You plug it in, open it, work on it, save it and remove the drive. Bad practice!
Best to copy the file over to your computer. Work on it, save it, copy it back.
There is data recovery, which can recover lost files, but if the Office file itself is corrupt, then the file is corrupt. We can recover the file, but the file is corrupt and the data is gone.
If working on work, university or college systems, sometimes you may have to work on the fly with USB drives. In which case, have two copies of the file on the stick first with different names. (Before you begin, copy/paste the file within the USB itself).

 

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