June 2017 archive

Data Recovery Mythbuster

The sudden and out of the blue discovery that a hard drive isn’t working can lead to people desperately trying to fix it themselves using pseudoscientific DIY solutions, often that they’ve heard through friends or on the internet. While it might seem like a good idea at the time, attempting an amateur data recovery can put the slim chance of a professional being able to recover the data at jeopardy.

An old myth is that freezing your hard drive can increase the chance of a successful data recovery. The idea behind this is that when a hard drive is frozen, the components will shrink, and when warmed to room temperature, they expand, causing the spindle to be released. While in theory this is true, putting your hard drive in the freezer can cause irreversible platter damage, and therefore data loss. Moisture may also get into the drive, reducing the chance of a successful recovery even further. (more…)

Being a Millennial Isn’t Always Easy

We’ve got everything easy. We’re living in the greatest years of technology. We have the world at our feet. We don’t know the hardships of a real day’s work. We will never know what it was like to work down a mine or have to sweep a chimney.

People tell Millennials these things all the time. Even the title Millennials is suggestive of an easy life.

The one part of being a Millennial which is statistically true is that at some point we will have to move home. House prices are prohibitively high and there’s no way we’ve saved up enough to make a deposit all by ourselves. (more…)