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Manchester Mortgage / Hard Drive Broker Service

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Recently we received an interesting hard drive recovery enquiry from Alice who works for a well known Manchester finance / broker advisor. She was in a bit of a panic as her computer had developed a problem and her files (that contained a lot of information about how to get a mortgage in Manchester) were no longer visible. These file were Alice’s work so it was vitally important that we got them back for her.

Additionally, most of Alice’s life was contained on this hard disk and before she sent it in to us for recovery she want assurance that we’d be able to rescue her files. Alice had recently taken out a large mortgage and as the broker had provided such as good service to her she also wanted to pass the details of this company along to her friends and colleagues. This information was also saved to her hard drive. We collected the computer from her home.

After assessing the problem (we diagnosed the computer as having a hard disk fault as described on, we were able to tell Alice we were confident and assured her that her life was safe and we would be able to complete the recovery of her files.

The file recovery took the best part of two days to complete and after this her mortgage information files were accessible again. We had been successful in recovering her information and her job and life were now assured.

I asked Alice what was more difficult, getting a mortgage or getting data off of a broken hard drive. She assured me that getting a mortgage doesn’t need to be all that difficult, you just need to find a decent mortgage advisor or broker. There are several of these in Manchester, including the firm that I’ve linked to high up this in this article. Like getting a mortgage, hard drive recovery doesn’t need to be difficult either, but it can be if you choose the wrong company to use. Computer Science Labs were able to retrieve Alice’s mortgage files but this may not have been true if we’d have taken her computer somewhere else to have the contents recovered.

So whether you are looking for a mortgage or hard drive recovery in the manchester region always make sure you choose a good a reputable suppler who is assured to complete the job.

Written by Betty

September 12th, 2016 at 11:38 am

What is 3D Printing ?

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Many processes can these days be modelled or reproduced by computer. One of the most exciting of all is 3D Printing. The term ‘3D Printing’ is a little misleading really, because when you mention printing and computers people always think of computer printers. They think a 3D printer connects to their computers via a USB cable and a power socket. Additive Modelling is a more correct and appropriate term for this process.

A 3D printerThe first part of printing in 3D is to accurately produce a digital representation or model of what you want to create, or print. This is usually achieved by photographing the item from sufficient angles that once the information is digitised, the computer is able to extrapolate the dimensions, detail and shape of the object from any angle. This process is typically best computer controlled, so that exact measurements and details are gathered enabling a 100% digital model to be created.

Although additive modelling has been around for several years, it had only really been used commercially. Midway through the 2000’s open source software projects particularly one called RepRap were developed that bought additive printing out from its entirely commercial domain and into the home hobbyist marketplace. These days, pre designed item templates can be downloaded from the internet that allow users to ‘print’ whatever the template is, for example a funnel or cup etc.

Commercial additive modelling has developed rapidly in the last few years and these days many automotive parts and developments are made using it. Additive modelling printers that work in metal have also been developed. These days many ideas are prototyped as projects using additive modelling.


3D Printing / Additive Modelling on Wikipedia
CandyFab – Additive modelling with using sugar

Written by Betty

September 8th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

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When To Use Data Recovery

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Even though you can find a number of software programs available out there for data recovery, it is actually not in your best interests to try and recover data from a drive by yourself. If you have a straight forward problem then data recovery software will help. If the problem is something minor to do with a faulty hard disk drive that is giving to problems you can probably get the information you need to recover the data and repair the hard drive yourself from a site like Be careful though because if you have a serious hard disk fault, you can and most probably will destroy crucial data by attempting to do this all on your own. At times like these,  you should hire an expert to do this for you. It could be very expensive, but as I have said time and again, if you must regain data from your drive, then the cost is worth every penny.

So what might be learnt out of this scenario? Prevention is better than cure! After successful (or unsuccessful) data recovery attempts, you may be asking yourself what you might have carried out to stop the difficulty in the very first place. There’s simply no way round the tiresome task of backing up all of your info! Backing up is something that many folks leave until their hard drives crash and they will have a brush with hard drive recovery. Envision how much time and cash you’ll have saved if you’d backed everything up?!

Written by Betty

June 19th, 2014 at 10:03 am

Search Phrases Continually Astound Me

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I’ve just been looking at the some server logs for a hard drive repair / data recovery company I write for. These logs contain lots of useful information about the web site, such as the pages people visit, the time they spend on the web site and how they found the web site in the first place. Now a typical aged web site will contain lots of legacy pages – pages that were once relevant but have over time become less so, but rather than being removed have been kept on the site because they still have some relevance.

Even though the pages have been virtually forgotten about by web admins, search engines still remember them and continue to point people to them. Some of the more way out search terms typed include:

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Written by Betty

April 2nd, 2014 at 10:08 am

Recovering Data From Hard Drives With Bad Sectors

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Pulling my hair out! Argh!This time it wasn’t even my fault! I didn’t drop my hard drive, my boyfriend didn’t spill wine on it and my father didn’t manage to sit on it…

No this time my latest hard disk nightmare was caused by my hard drive having bad sectors. What’s a bad sector you ask? – ok, briefly a hard drive is divided up into sectors that have data written to them. There are millions of sectors on your average hard drive and sometimes these sectors go bad. When they do, the data held on those sectors can no longer be accessed. All hard drives have bad sectors, but clever software on them means that when bad sectors are detected they are swapped out and replaced by good ones. Clever eh? Well, yes except in my case it didn’t happen and my hard drive started slowing down before my data disappeared. There’s a good explanation of what bad sectors on a hard drive are here. I’m currently rewriting my article… and saving it to a different hard drive.

Technology… Don’ t you just love it!

Written by Betty

February 25th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Storage Area Networks

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Webfusion logoStorage Area Networks (otherwise known as SANs) – What are they exactly? – It’s a question that’s trickier to answer than you may think. My job has taken me off researching again – this time into those most noisy of places – server rooms. The one I went to was vast and belonged to an ISP – it’s staggering how much data these places handle and they told me they have other 1000 servers – a mixture of Windows and Linux operating systems, each with at least 5 disks in the RAID array. A quick calculation means this place had in excess of 5000 hard disk drives – all spinning and holding data.

A Storage Area Network (SAN) is a type of computer architecture where distant storage devices like disk arrays are attached to servers and set up in this manner they seem to be locally on the system. By sharing storage it can simplify things and will add flexibility as the storage doesn’t have to be physically moved around, a SAN environment may work with a variety of hardware from RAID’s to Network Attached Storage, as a result of the numerous components that may compose a Storage Area Network it could be rather sophisticated, the more sophisticated the system the bigger the odds of a failure in a single element, that consequently can impact the whole storage system.

By investing in a Storage Area Network it may supply adaptive storage direction and high performance, with a Storage Area Network enables one to allocate space to specific apparatuses or to hold the whole storage open or you may select who can obtain specific data. Storage Area Network systems seldom fail and when they do it is typically due to user error, typically within picture direction or an error with san direction characteristics, Storage Area Networks support large quantities of users, this makes it useful for companies who have a great deal of data but need it centralized in one accessible location. Because of the large quantities of users as well as the feature of the data that’s saved on Storage Area Networks they want continuous tracking and data recovery accessible twenty four hours a day.

Servers can be booted from your Storage Area Network this supplies advantages such as the fact if your server is flawed the Storage Area Network can be reconfigured to make use of the valid Component Quantity of the flawed server on a different server, Storage Area Networks may also be found in catastrophe protection, the reason being they are able to be crossed over distant places with an IP Wide Area Network, this empowers storage replication executed via disk array controllers, server applications or specialized Storage Area Network Apparatuses.

There’s a solution to gauge the operation and capacity of a Storage Area Network this is via quality of service, quality of service allows for the required storage operation to be preserved and computed for network users. The chief variables which influence Storage Area Network quality or service are; Bandwidth, Latency and Queue Depth. Bandwidth is the speed of the data throughput which can be found, latency is the time delay for a read/write function to happen and Queue depth is how many operations which are waiting to be ran to the discs. The essence of service can be influenced by matters like a spike in the level of data traffic from one user this subsequently affects the other users when quality of service services have been in area utilization and operation, causing their operation to reduce could be preserved and called.

When employing a Storage Area Network it’s important never to use over provisioning, this is where additional disk space is put into compensate for peak traffic loads yet where peak traffic loads can’t be called the additional capacity may cause bandwidth to be consumed entirely and latency to rise over time it is also called Storage Area Network degradation.

Link: This article is covered in more depth on the Data Recovery Reviews web site.

Written by Betty

January 29th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

A Data Recovery Adventure in Scotland – Part 1

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Exposed Hard Disk DriveThis New Year I found myself in Edinburgh, and a very fair city it is too. It had been 12 months since my extended family had been gathered together in one place – it’s something we do each New Year, so packed my case and travelled up north of the border.

Accompanying me on the trip was my trusty 2TB external hard drive. This thing is totally invaluable and stores all my work and music, plus the movies and photos that I was looking forward to showing everyone over the Xmas holiday. I arrived safely on a wet New Years Eve morning and in my haste to get inside and out of the rain managed to accidentally throw my external hard drive from the car. I watched in horror as it flew across the pavement and landed in my parent’s garden. Oh No! I thought, but at least it had landed on the soft grass rather than a hard pavement. I retrieved the hard drive and went inside hoping it would still work.

I plugged the drive into my parent’s Windows computer and all was looking good, I heard the beep-beep noise that you get when you attach a USB device, so far so good. I then got an error message telling me the hard drive could no longer be read and asking me whether I wanted to format the drive. I said Yes. Several minutes later I got another message saying the process had failed. Uh-oh… what do I do now I thought…

My father told me a friend of theirs had recently had a hard disk problem too. He said they had to use a data recovery company to get the data off the hard drive but couldn’t remember the name of the company. A phone call later he told me the data recovery company was called Datlabs. But they weren’t in Edinburgh they were in Glasgow. Could we not use a company in Edinburgh I asked? He told me that his friend had done exactly the same thing but the the company in Edinburgh were not very good and he got the impression that they didn’t know what they were doing.

I agreed we should then follow my father’s friend’s recommendation and drive across to Glasgow to see the Datlabs data recovery people. OMG, I’m very glad we did. They were able to look at the hard drive and tell me one of the heads was about to fail. This apparently was bad, they said there was probably only a limited amount of time before the drive failed completely and recommended they get the data from it ASAP…. To Be Continued

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January 3rd, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Broken Hard Drives Still Contain Recoverable Data !

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When you store important information on a hard disk drive, you take the chance of losing that information because hard disk drives can break for a variety of different reasons. If you’re not computer literate, losing data on a hard drive can be difficult because you don’t know what to do to recover your data. Fortunately, there are companies that can help you get that data back. These are known as data recovery companies and they can retrieve data from nearly any type of hard drive in any type of condition. So when you find yourself in a situation where you have lost valuable information you should not assume that this data can not be retrieved.

Hard drive with cover removed.There are some companies that specialise in repairing damaged hard drives. In the process of retrieving your data, theses data recovery companies can also repair your hard disk. Types of the problems data recovery companies can repair include broken boards, mechanical hard drive faults such as the ‘click of death’ and beeping hard drives. A recommended company in the UK are RAID and Server Data Recovery – you would use a hard drive recovery company when your local IT provider can no longer help you.

Sometimes when there is no damage to the hard disk, software programs can be used to help you retrieve your data by yourself. There are usually trial versions available on the internet that will tell you what they can and can’t recover first. If you decide you want to recover the data they find you’ll have to buy the program which usually costs several pounds. But at least it will get your data back for you. A word of caution though, what may at first appear to be a simple hard drive problem may be something far more serious and trying to recover the data yourself may cause many more problems. So if in doubt, you should always seek professional help as there could be problems inside your disk that prevent it from working properly.

Remember that just because your hard disk breaks or the information on it seems to have disappeared, this doesn’t mean that the data is lost forever. Skilled data retrieval companies that can find and rescue lost data on a damaged hard drive. In the process of restoring the data, the hard drive problems that caused the data to go missing in the first place will be fixed. This is helpful because it insures that it won’t happen again.

Twitter Takes Steps to Protect Tweets from Snooping

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Twitter logoTwitter has implemented new security measures that will make it much harder for anybody to eavesdrop on communications between its users and servers, which is calling on other Internet companies to follow its lead.

The firm has applied “perfect forward secrecy” on its Internet and mobile platforms, it said Fri. The technologies should allow it to be impossible for a business to eavesdrop on visitors nowadays and decrypt it at some time in the foreseeable future.

Facebook did not provide a reason behind the switch, however, it did connect to a blog post from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that implied the strategy be used as a means to halt the National Security Agency (NSA) or a different party from spying on Internet communications.

Obviously, much of whatever is sent over Twitter is destined to become public anyway, however, the service does help a direct message system between two clients that is concealed from public view.

In a blog post introducing the new safety, the company said it believes it “should be the newest normal for web service owners.”

At present, the encryption between a user and the server is based around a solution key used on the server. The data exchange is unable to be read, but nevertheless, it could be noted in its encrypted form. On account of the way the encryption works, it is feasible to decrypt the data at some time in the future if the server’s secret key actually be received.

With perfect forward secrecy, the data security is based on two shortlived secrets that can’t be later restored even with the understanding of the server key, so the data remains safe.

Because while security traffic is difficult to break with present computer technology, inventions in processing hardware and methods might make it less difficult to break in the future, it is an important principle.

It’s important to notice that as the technology safeguards against eavesdropping, it will not affect the ability of law enforcement agencies to get info from Twitter through conventional legal channels.

Written by Betty

November 26th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

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File Recovery by Data Clinic Ltd

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File recovery by Data Clinic LtdYou might or might not have heard the word “hard disk drive” before – or perhaps heard it mentioned in a dialog or two a while ago, but just what is a hard disk drive? Let’s take a minute to answer these questions, and once we do, be certain to truly have a pencil and paper handy to acquire all of these important details.

Therefore, as a way to start, let’s reply an age-old question: Just what is a hard drive? The hard-disk drive in your pc is really a data storage system employed to not only save, but recover information held on it. We say disk, as it will it’s capabilities utilizing high-velocity rotating disks that are coated with magnetic materials. I guess you didn’t understand all this is happening in that small machine beneath your desk. Simply, each single time you should find a file, or application, or folder or some information that may be saved digitally, you’re probably using the hard-disk drive of the computer which is generally named the C Drive.

Let’s discuss physics and data for a second with regard to these hard drives. They’re generally the true size of the typical paper back book, but appreciably heavier. Therefore the surfaces on most hard-drives are predrilled. make sure to mount it making the end with all the connections within the computer, if you’re installing your own hard-disk drive.

You’ll find the jumper settings in the rear quite helpful, if you’re setting up drives. It will help the mainboard understand the way to recognise each drive whenever you’ve got more than one accessible. So it looks a hard-disk drive is a fantastic piece of technology with several advantages and several useful elements. But how do such an excellent machine fail? Let’s examine several common problems that result in hard disk failure.

To start, Hard disk failure occurs whenever the hard disk drive involved malfunctions, leaving all the valuable advice saved near to impossible to achieve. Even in ordinary daily work with a hard drive might fail for a range of reasons. Outside variables usually play a leading part in this kind of account, for instance exposure to fire high-heat, or moisture levels were increased by water /. As stated before, the disks operate with magnetic coating therefore exposing it to large magnetic fields may also cause failure. A big effect or an environmental contaminate can result in one of the very typical causes for hard-disk failure: A head-crash.

A head-crash is single-handedly the most infamous source of breakdown. For those of us in the UK, using Data Clinic’s file recovery service is an excellent and highly recommended way that can be used to retrieve data from hard drives that are damaged. These services are performed by Data Clinic’s experts using the right gear, and often get excellent results.

Sadly, since hard drives are all mechanical devices, they’ll all fail at some stage. It might not be instantly, but most just fail due to worn-out components. In regards to using hard drives and so there’s always a danger of data loss.

Written by Betty

November 18th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

If your hard disk crashes, is your data covered by the manufacturer’s warranty ?

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(Author’s Update: Data recovery work under warranty is undertaken in the UK by Data Recovery London (

Data recovery warranty was a question that was recently asked on a TV programme. A man’s hard disk crashed and he had lost all his data. Fortunately he was able to get the broken hard disk replaced because of the warranty, but the cost of the data recovery was not included.

To retrieve the data he had sent his hard drive to a data recovery company to get it recovered. The price tag was about £800. But, he also wanted to have that extra cost covered by the same warranty.

Warranties from any hard disk manufacturers don’t include restoration of data. That said, with the long life time and high durability of today’s hard disks perhaps this is something hard disk manufacturers may offer in the future?

Data recovery companies are usually very good at recovering data from most types of conventional hard disk failure – they are not so good at recovering data from drives that have been involved in fires and floods but these are quite rare situations.

Obviously, it’s always worthwhile to backup all your data or at least backup the data that is most important for you. This is the best warranty against data loss.

If you only use your computer for leisure, playing games or surfing the internet you may not need to take any backup at all. But today, more and more people store important information on their computers – documents and family pictures for example. Others store data vital to their professional lives too – this can represent years of work such as an academic thesis legal papers. Most people store at least some important information such as address books, emails, text documents, family pictures, music or company records.

Should you take backup? If so, what type of backup is best for you?

This all depends on the value of the data should it be lost, the time it will take to recreate lost data, and the cost to make the backup in the first place.

In most cases the data you need to backup is limited to specific files or folders. If that is the case you don’t need to backup the complete hard drive and the cost to make backup is reduced. If you only need to backup documents, emails and address books then there are many cheaper alternatives including USB memory sticks, online backup or backup to CD’s/DVD’s.

If you often use important software from the internet then you need to take a full backup of the hard disk at least once every month. This is because nearly all software programs store system related information in the registry, which if lost may mean you are no longer able to run your software.

As an alternative, make sure that you save the installation files and any accompanied software registration keys in one specific folder after you have downloaded the software. If you do this and include the folder in one of your regular smaller backups, then you will not be too badly effected should your hard drive fail.

Another way to deal with system downtime if you have a hard disk crash is to create and keep a disk image. This is a snapshot of the entire hard disk which can be used to restore your computer on your new hard disk. Included in the disk image software is a boot utility. From it you can create boot diskettes or boot CD’s.

Written by Betty

September 17th, 2013 at 12:42 pm