Data Recovery company Birmingham Alabama

8 03 2011

The only Data Recovery company Birmingham Alabama that we like is Vulcan Data in Hoover.  If you are attempting to recover data from a hard drive that still spins, and does not make any clicking noises, the chances are, 92% of the time, they can recover your files, documents and precious photos for less than $200.  If you are looking for head replacements, controller cards, or other physcial repairs, get out your check book – it will cost you.


My thumb drive is not recognized

16 09 2009

A common situation, you insert your thumb drive into your computer and nothing happens.  You remove it, insert it into another machine, still nothing.  There are 3 possibilities:

  1. You have broken the connector on your thumb drive
  2. You have lost or corrupted  the boot record on the thumb drive
  3. Your board or chipset is dead, and a circuit(s) is broken

The first 2 items can be corrected.  The 3rd is almost impossible, and most repair companies refuse to accept dead boards because consumers refuse to pay for the repair and expenses involved.  If you have a thumb drive with the 1st 2 symptoms, you can have your data recovered for under $90 most of the time.

Flash Read Error, Flash Drive not recognized- How to repair USB flash drive

21 02 2008

Many times we see flash storage that is not recognized by the Operating System due to formattingflash drive not recognized problems, read errors, and lost file table information. Many times this is not a disaster, but rather an easily and quickly correctable data recovery issue that can be handled cheaply by a professional recovery shop.

If you feel you are up to the challenge you will need several things:

  1. Weller WP25 Soldering iron
  2. Weller ST7 Solder Iron Tip-Conical
  3. Soldering station with alligator clips. iron holder & magnifying glass
  4. putty knife or strong blade to cut into drive case
  5. some soldering skill

usb-repairPlease do not attempt this procedure if you cannot afford to lose all your data, leave this procedure to the professionals.

The first step is to 1-gently cut into the case, not touching any of the sensitive components inside (this is really a ONE-SHOT deal) if you screw them up, oh well, you saved money but lost all your data. 2-peel back the case, exposing the board and chipset. 3-identify the broken connectors, this is the trick, and you may need a higher powered dual-scope for this procedure. Resolder the connectors after identifying them. If this procedure does not work, you may need to remove the connector completely, and attach wires to the board that are tied to a new cable connector. (refer to images)
usb-cable-wiring-diagram fro repair
This image will guide you to connector alignment(do not connect to the wrong lead, you WILL damage your data) making sure the alignment is correct. Connect your newly repaired usb connector to the machine….VOILA !!

If you have difficulty in this procedure, please give us a call

How should I backup my data?

29 01 2008

One of the most common questions we hear, unfortunately it is usually “post-disaster”.  After our clients spend $120 retrieving their data, a common question is:

“How do I prevent this data loss from happening again?”

There are 3 rules you MUST FOLLOW to prevent disaster requiring data recovery:

  1. Make sure you have 2 copies of all critical files in 2 separate places (different drives)
  2. Make sure you AUTOMATE the backup procedure (making the second copy should not require any human intervention other than initial setup) using backup software like Cobian Backup (free download), or Mozy, or Time Machine ( MAC)
  3. Check the backup copy occasionally to ensure accuracy (drop additional file into primary folder to check if it winds up in secondary after backup)

These 3 rules cannot be altered or omitted, or you WILL be calling us for  service again.  Hopefully we can help you once more, but why risk it.  If you need help or have questions about setting up your backup strategy, don’t hesitate to contact us.

“Drive not formatted – Format it now” What does this mean?

11 01 2008

Many times this message is seen in hard drives, disk drives, flash drives, and external USB thumbdrive not formatted format it now? drives that have lost their formatting. Most likely (96%) a large portion or all of the files still exist, but the index and/or the formatting and partition information is missing, damaged, or corrupt, preventing your machine from recognizing the files that still exist. The next few steps you take are critical:

  1. Do NOT format your drive if you want to retrieve all your files
  2. Do NOT ask anyone at Dell, HP, or Gateway tech support how to recover your files, this goes for all other “phone tech-support” organizations. The results will be catastrophic.
  3. Do NOT attempt to recover the files yourself if they are important to you, unless you know exactly what you are doing
  4. Attempting recovery using software may be more expensive and risky than using a professional and affordable data recovery company

Always consult a data recovery expert before attempting any recoveries yourself. You may be surprised how affordable the process really is. Find out what other steps to take and get a free data recovery quote by contacting the Data Recovery Experts

External Drives you should stay away from

9 12 2007

The FreeAgent from Seagate appears to incompatible with Linux, to it’s standby mode and preformatted NTFS condition.  Read the article

SanDisk introduces flash hard drives for laptops

15 08 2007

SanDisk on Thursday released a 32GB drive for commercial notebooks that stores information on flash memory chips rather than the magnetic platters that make up a traditional hard drive. The drive is available only to manufacturers, and the company declined to give out pricing or identify any notebook makers that will adopt it, but SanDisk said notebooks sporting the drive could come out in the first half of 2007.Memory

Unlike traditional hard drives, flash memory drives do not contain moving parts. As a result, flash devices are less prone to breaking down–flash cards can survive drops from great heights–and consume less energy. SanDisk’s flash drive can increase battery life by about 10 percent, said Doreet Oren, director of product marketing for SanDisk.  More