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February 27th, 2014 No comments

Data Recovery from Snowmageddon

February 13th, 2014 No comments

DriveFish is proud to be located in the heart of the southeast, Birmingham, Alabama. It is a great place for many things, but we don’t handle snow particularly well, and have gotten more than we are used to (which is any) recently. Thankfully everyone is safe, but some packages have been delayed both incoming and outgoing. As far as we know, however, every package sent has ultimately arrived. And the Snowmageddon, or Snowpocalypse if that’s your fancy, hasn’t been keeping our engineers down! They are still working every day to provide the best cheap data recovery for hard drives, phones, and cameras available.

DriveFish Data Recovery is hoping everyone is staying safe and warm, and if your hard drive is damaged in a blizzard, we’ll do everything we can to help you recover your data!

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Trying Windows 8.1? Back up your files!

July 1st, 2013 No comments

New software releases, betas, and trial versions are always a risk. Combine that with a new Windows release and it may spell trouble. In fact, websites are already warning those upgrading to Windows 8.1 to take good backups of your data because one wrong step could result in a complete system wipe.

We’ve discussed many possible ways to make backups, and will continue to in the future. For an operating system installation, it’s okay to just put your files on a local backup drive. Once you have your files properly backed up, there’s nothing to worry about. You can install a new operating system and if something goes wrong, you can try it again! But always be careful and make certain you backed up all the data you will want in the future.

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Happy Backup Day!

June 10th, 2013 No comments

It is national backup day everyone. Is your data backed up? Recently? Good. We appreciate the opportunity to help our customers, but we would like to prevent you from having to need our data recovery services!

Do you have proper backup solutions? If you’d like to improve your backup solutions with a RAID or NAS setup or have questions about what kind of hard drive to buy, we’re happy to discuss the possibilities and answer any questions you may have. Send us an email or give us a call. We love to talk data recovery!

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What Brand of Hard Drive Is Best?

May 15th, 2013 No comments

Another common question we get is, “what is the best brand of hard drive to buy?” Naturally people are frustrated that something just happened to their drive, and would like to know if purchasing another brand may be a solution to prevent the situation from occurring again.

We see all kinds of drives come in every day, and among the major brands of Western Digital, Toshiba, and Seagate, we haven’t found enough of a statistical difference in failure rates to be able to recommend any one over the others. Each brand does, however, offer different model levels, and it can be worthwhile to spring for the higher quality model as they are less likely to fail. It is also not necessary to buy a hard drive from one of these major brands. There are other hard drive manufacturers that make quality devices, but as with anything it is smart to do research. If you have any questions about hard drive backup or other data loss prevention tools such as RAID or NAS setups, feel free to contact us!

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Why We Charge By Capacity

March 15th, 2013 No comments

We get a lot of calls asking about data recovery pricing. While we have the cheapest data recovery around, a very common question we get is, “do I have to pay the full price if I only want a small amount of files?” We do, and the reason for this is because the size of the disk often (though not always) determines the amount of time an engineer will have to spend recreating the disk image to obtain the data from. Some disks may come in with hardware or software problems, but even after fixing these problems the disk usually isn’t readable the way a properly working disk is. After fixing the initial problem, often times an image creating or scanning procedure is required, and the length of time this takes is based on the capacity of the disk. Furthermore, larger disk capacities have more room for something to go wrong. This is why our pricing reflects this extra time and resources, but we manage to do this and still keep the lowest data recovery prices in the industry.

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The Wild World of Cheap Data Recovery

January 24th, 2013 No comments

When DriveFish began providing cheap data recovery for a flat fee several years ago, there were very few if any other companies out there providing a similar service. Over the last few years, we have watched the industry grow as more companies attempt to provide cheap data recovery. But for a variety of reasons, DriveFish is still considered the best cheap data recovery, a title we are honored to have bestowed upon us.

With DriveFish, our recovery fees are some of the lowest in the industry and unlike some other cheap data recovery companies, we will never tell you one price and then give you another later. The prices listed on our website are a flat fee, and aside from target media and shipping, this is the ONLY cost you pay. No diagnosis or lab fee. No fee if we don’t recover the data you want. No extra fee for parts or because the drive ended up taking extra time. Just the simple flat fee based on the capacity of the hard drive. That’s all.

We also strive to continue providing the best customer service possible, and help you every way we can through your data recovery experience, which we know can be stressful and even frustrating with certain companies. Therefore we keep our model the same: to provide the best cheap data recovery with quality service and keep our customers happy.

It is this philosophy that has kept DriveFish number 1 in the cheap data recovery market for years now, and we plan to keep that position for many more.

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What is a RAID setup?

October 25th, 2012 No comments

After experiencing a hard drive failure, many customers ask us about more reliable solutions of data storage. One of these possible solutions is a RAID setup, which stands for “redundant array of independent disks.” This method of data storage combines multiple disks into one unit, providing a level of redundancy to insure the safety of the data even in the case of failed disks. The term is now used for many types of data storage that replicates data on multiple physical drives, but accessed by a computer operating system as a single drive.

RAIDs can be set up under a number of different types of architecture, depending on whether the user is more interested in data integrity, speed, or capacity. These are designated with numbers such as RAID 0 or RAID 1, etc. RAID 0 for example is used more for performance. The data is split up amongst the drives but it does not provide redundancy and therefore any drive failure destroys the array. More drives in the array allow for greater bandwith but also a greater risk of data loss.

RAID 1 on the other hand writes data identically to two drives, making a “mirrored set.” This setup may not perform as fast as the RAID 0, but the mirror setup allows for the array to continue functioning in the case of one of the drives failing, making this a better setup for users less concerned with speed and more interested in the preservation of their data.

There are several more types of RAID setups. If you are interested in your own RAID setup or just have questions about the possibilities, give us a call here at DriveFish and we will be glad to explain more and create a customer RAID setup for your needs.

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Retrieving Digital Information

July 17th, 2012 No comments

We are in the age where most of the world’s information is in digital form, all encoded as little 1’s and 0’s firing in circuit boards. So how much of this information ever makes it out of the digital world into our physical one? According to a recent study by UC Berkeley scientists, only about 7% of information in the digital world ever leaves. This means most of the world’s information exists solely in the digital realm.

Many people out there might like for this information to stay digital. Those who commit cyber-crimes use a number of methods to cover their traces, such as giving important files obscure names and moving them to a hard to find location. While this seems like an easy solution for digital investigators, time and legal restraints can make finding and extracting these files challenging.

A cyber criminal can simply change a file name or location or delete files. Deleted files can often be retrieved from the Recycle Bin, or if the Recycle Bin has been cleared, using other investigative methods. Even formatted drives can be recovered depending on the thoroughness with which the drive was formatted. It is important for investigators to pay attention to hidden and inaccessible files as these commonly contain useful evidence. When very determined, a criminal can physically destroy a drive, which if done successfully there can be no recourse for.

The digital realm is a vast one with lots of nooks and crannies for information to hide in, but computer security experts are tenacious and will always be trying to keep up with protection methods.

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Gary from New York, NY

May 30th, 2011 No comments

We’ve mentioned before that we receive submissions for data recovery from all over the world. Just the other day we received a submission from Gary in New York, NY.

Gary had dropped his drive and it was no longer showing up in the system as well as clicking, so he began looking around for data recovery companies. Like many people, he couldn’t believe our price point when he found us and had to call. We told him about what we did, and he shipped his disk to us, which we were able to get a full recovery on.

We appreciate everyone’s business, and we know many people out there like Gary in the big city of New York had plenty of local options to choose from for data recovery. There is a reason people choose to send their drives to DriveFish. They understand it is best to send your important data to professionals that will recover it safely and maintain the integrity of the data.

Whether you’re in New York, NY, Los Angeles CA, Chicago, IL, or St. Louis, MO, DriveFish will still offer you the best hard drive data recovery for the lowest cost.

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