Data Recovery & Drive Storage AlternativesExtracting individual files from a broken hard drive is a difficult and time-consuming process, but it is one that professionals can handle with success on a consistent basis. Although you should feel better knowing that you can use our data recovery services at any time, you should also try to figure out how to avoid a situation in which you need recover important files.

Consider Investing in a Solid State Drive

A solid state drive is different from a standard hard drive in the sense that it has a different kind of lifespan. It does not have moving parts, which means the lifespan is not related to the moving parts failing. For the most part, it has a maximum capacity of how much data you can put on the SSD throughout its entire life. It is easier to gauge when your SSD will fail in comparison to a regular hard drive.

Carry an Extra Hard Drive

Although hard drives are not quite as reliable as SSDs made from reputable manufacturers, they are still the king of value, so you can store a lot more than you could with an SSD in the same price range. Ideally, you can use an extra hard drive to transfer your important files to on a regular basis.

Use Cloud Storage

If you are willing to spend some extra money to get maximum protection, you can get cloud storage. Cloud storage is constantly backed up, so even if your data got deleted, you would have a guaranteed backup.

Look at Failure Rates

When you go shopping for hard drives, you want to look at the failure rates of certain manufacturers and even specific models to ensure you purchase one that is less likely to fail prematurely.

If you have any questions about data recovery or solid state hard drives, contact us today!

Virus Removal- Can Ransomware Be Removed?What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a virus that blocks you from using your computer unless you pay a ransom, usually of one or two bitcoins, or around $300-500. In a recent report by the Australian government, 72 percent of businesses have been affected by Ransomware in 2015, up from 13 percent just two years ago.

There are several types of Ransomware. Some pop up as a fake antivirus or clean-up system, claiming that your device is affected by a virus and you must pay for it to be removed. Others block your computer and show a bogus FBI warning, saying that illegal child images have been found on your computer and that you must pay them a fine. Yet others enter your computer through a phishing email or fake app and slowly encrypt all your data, keeping the encryption key until you pay a ransom.

Can Ransomware be removed? In some cases, yes. It really depends on the type of Ransomware. If all your data is encrypted and only the hackers have the key, it will be hard if not impossible to retrieve the data without paying the ransom.

Paying the ransom can bring continued troubles, however, as you are opening yourself up to being attacked again. In order to avoid having to do that, always back up your files frequently, so that you have a way to retrieve them, and always fortify your computer with antivirus protection.

If your device was attacked by any kind of virus, and you need expert virus removal, make sure to contact us.