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How to Save Data from a Wet Hard Drive

Power It Down

The first thing to do whenever an electronic device is exposed to water is to immediately power it down and set it somewhere to dry. For desktop computers, completely isolate your computer's circuitry by shutting off the power switch from the back. Even though the computer may seem to be operating normally after it has had water on it, it may just be that the water has not yet worked its way into a dangerous area where it can cause a short. That said, moving the computer around can make the water to shift and cause more harm to the system. If possible, towel off any water outside of the machine before it can get in but take care not to move the machine itself. Let it sit still and airs dry it with a fan for at least an hour, but preferably overnight.

Once the majority of the computer has had time to dry, a blow drier on a low setting can help ensure that the device is completely dry.

Test The Hard Drive

The safest way to recover data from your hard drive is to immediately remove the drive and take it to a specialist. They can analyse the drive and ensure that it hasn't shorted, which protects your equipment and the data that potentially survived any damage the hard drive received. If that option isn't available, the next best alternative is to hook the drive up to an old computer that hasn't had any potential shorts, as damage to other equipment in the device can easily destroy your hard drive when next you power it up. If the drive passes the power-on-startup-test, it may not have suffered harm at all and it may be possible to copy any critical data onto a flash drive or in the best case continue to use the drive. If the drive fails POST, then there is little that can be done besides taking the drive to a hardware recovery specialist.
Water is a serious hazard to computers and hard drives especially, but real world circumstances can make this mix in unintended ways. The best solution is first to protect your hardware from shorts, and then recover the data as best with a specialist.

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Stellar provides the full support for RAID recovery. In the case of disaster recovery our technical expertise give full efforts to recover the RAID data in fast and in efficient manner.

Stellar Special services for RAID recovery problem:

Faulty or defective hard disk drives.
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Hard disk affects the computer system to start.
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The array is shown as separate disks instead of 1 large disk.
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STELLAR Data Recovery Lab has successfully recovered data from hundreds of RAID systems and has achieved the highest customer satisfaction ratings amongst our competitors.
Our services have been developed from 15 years of combined data recovery experience, innovative and highly successful methods, the best tools and utilities, and the highest standards of excellence in the industry.
·         A dedicated RAID technician will know the details of your case and be ready to answer all your questions at any time. Your data is handled securely and in confidence. Full non-disclosure agreements are automatically in place on every case we work on as per our terms and conditions.
Since our inception, Data Detect has recovered data from all types of configurations, and levels of RAID. We have worked with every major controller card, every brand of hard drive, with different recovery scenarios.
Our customer satisfaction guarantee insures you are notified regularly on the progress of your recovery. We treat all RAID recoveries with the highest priority and ensure you are updated regularly until completion.
RAID recovery is a delicate and complex process, and two things are certain: The first recovery attempt is the best opportunity for success, and secondly the recovery company you choose, can greatly impact the outcome.

Data loss is very common, being caused by human error, viral attacks or natural or man-made disasters, but in nearly all hard drive recovery cases, the data can be recovered by a trained computer data recovery technician.
Only in the most severe cases of platter damage, magnetic degradation or a file over-write will the data be labeled as unrecoverable.
Disastrous scenarios
Here are three disaster scenarios that can cause the most data loss, because they affect both physical and electronic storage:
- Physical damage or destruction of servers or PCs caused by excessive heat from fire or explosion
- Physical damage to servers or PCs caused by flooding
- Physical damage to servers or PCs caused by dropping or a blow from a heavy object
Recoverable scenarios
In these disaster scenarios, data is most likely to be recoverable:
- Accidental file or email deletion caused by human error
- Accidental file or email deletion due to a common virus
- Loss of data on one computer due to virus "wiping" the hard drive
Ensure no additional data is written to the drive after the files have been lost.
This is because when you delete a file, you are simply removing its locating tag while the file itself stays intact on the drive. But if you add new data to the drive, you may overwrite your lost data, and full recovery will be less likely.
Emergency services
Hard disk recovery can often involve physical electronic failures, as well as software-based data corruption.
Because of this, the first course of action for hard drive data recovery is to shut down the computer if you believe there is something wrong with it, and call the experts.
In some cases, powering up and down will do more damage, particularly if you hear a clunking or rattling sound when you power up the drive.
Avoid removing the cover of the hard drive, which may cause further damage to the unit.
Don't attempt to use data recovery software if you are not familiar with it, as this may ultimately hinder the recovery process.
If you have deleted a file or multiple files, or accidentally formatted your drive, you should avoid installing any new information on that drive.
If the drive has been flooded, do not dry it out using excessive heat or shaking, opening it up to dry, or powering it up!
Avoid resting the computer on a moveable object or piece of furniture, as shock and vibration can result in serious damage to the hard drive.

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What is Ransomware? – Ransomware is an insidious type of malware that is covertly installed to encrypt or lock your data and / or disable your computer until you pay a ransom to the criminal. For organizations the inability to access data can be catastrophic in terms of the loss of sensitive or proprietary information, the disruption of operations, financial losses and potential harm to reputation. For home users it includes the loss of irreplaceable files such as family photos and videos.

Ransomware has been around for years. In a recent FBI article they reported there has been increase beginning in 2015 and continuing into 2016 of these types of cyber-attacks. Further the FBI expects that these attacks will continue grow if individuals and organizations don’t prepare for these types of arracks in advance. In that vein Kaspersky Lab published a study in May 2016 that reported that 43% of connected consumers did not know what ransomware is. Further, 44% of consumers did not know what data could be stolen in a ransomware attack. Conclusion, there is still a large number of computer users that are vulnerable to this type of cyber-attack.

How does the computer become infected? – In a typical attack the criminal sends an official looking email with a link to website or a legitimate looking attachment. The user will open the email, open the attachment or click on the link and their computer will become infected with the malicious software. The software will then begin encrypting the files and you may not know you’ve been attacked until you try to open the files. Be aware that if you have an attached external drive or you are connected to network the infection could spread.
The criminals are also seeding legitimate websites with the code to take advantage of unpatched software on computers.

How can an infection be prevented? – The first step knows that there is a risk of infection. Be diligent in knowing where the emails originate and delete anything that looks suspicious. Keep your operating system and software current and up to date. Apply patches when they become known. Keep your anti-virus software current.

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Stellar Data Recovery Lab are specialists in hard drive recovery and raid data recovery from all types of servers, NAS, DAS and SAN. Data recovered from laptops desktop computers, Memory cards, phones, and tablets. 

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Things you need to know about ransomware Virus.

Over the past few years, millions of PCs from around the world have been locked or had their files encrypted by malicious programs designed to extort money from users.
Collectively known as ransomware, these malicious applications have become a real scourge for consumers, businesses and even government institutions. Unfortunately, there’s no end in sight, so here’s what you should know.

It’s not just your PC that’s at risk Most ransomware programs target computers running Windows, as it’s the most popular operating system. However, ransomware applications for Android have also been around for a while, and recently, several variants that infect
Linux servers have been discovered. Security researchers have also shown that ransomware programs can be easily created for Mac OS X and even for smart TVs , so these and others devices are likely to be targeted in the future, especially as the competition for victims increases among ransomware creators.

Law enforcement actions are few and far betweenThere have been some successful collaboration between law enforcement and private security companies to disrupt ransomware campaigns in the past. The most prominent case was Operation Tovar, which took over the Gameover ZeuS botnet in 2014 and recovered the encryption keys for CryptoLocker, a notorious ransomware program distributed by the botnet.In most cases, however, law enforcement agencies are powerless in the face of ransom-ware, especially the variants that hide their command-and-control servers on the Tor anonymity network. This is reflected in the multiple cases of government agencies, police departments and hospitals that were affected by ransomware and decided to pay criminals to recover their files. An FBI official admitted at an event in October 2015 that in many cases the agency advises victims to pay the ransom if they don’t have backups and there are no other alternatives.

Back up, back up, back up many users back up their sensitive data, but do it to an external hard drive that’s always connected to their computer or to a network share. That’s a mistake, because when a ransomware program infects a computer, it enumerates all accessible drives and network shares, so it will encrypt the files hosted in those locations too.The best practice is to use what some people call the 3-2-1 rule: at least three copies of the data, stored in two different formats, with at least one of the copies stored off-site or offline.

Prevention is best Ransomware programs get distributed in a variety of ways, most commonly through malicious email attachments, Word documents with macro code and Web-based exploits launched from compromised websites or malicious adver-
tisements. Many are also installed by other malware programs. As such, following the most common security best practices is critical. Always keep the software on your computer up to date, especially the OS, browser and browser plug-ins like Flash Player, Adobe Reader, Java and Silverlight. Never enable the execution of macros in documents, unless you have verified their senders and have confirmed with them that the documents should contain such code. Carefully scrutinize emails, especially those that contain attachments, regardless of who appears to have sent them. Finally, perform your day-to day activities from a limited user account, not from an administrative one, and run an up-to-date antivirus program.

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