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Recovery of holiday photos from SanDisk 8GB SD memory card with corrupted controller chip

NAND memory in the form of SD cards (such as SDHC and SDXC), micro SD cards and CF cards have almost replaced 35mm film as the de facto storage medium for most camera devices. Last week a customer who had photos from a family wedding and a trip to Ethiopia contacted us because his 4TB […]

The perils of sudden power loss: data recovery from LaCie NAS (using Seagate Constellation 2TB ES X 2)

This RAID disk (pictured above) owned by a Dublin-based design and multimedia company was in our lab recently for some data recovery. During building renovations their business premises, experienced a sudden power cut. Such an incident is normally not good for disk health. But thankfully most disks can compensate for sudden power loss by using […]

Data Recovery from a Geologist’s Toshiba DTB310 external hard drive (Recovery of Photo and GoPro Footage)

We recently performed data recovery for a customer whose 1TB Toshiba external hard disk (DTB310) stopped working due to an accidental fall. Our customer, a professional geologist, used their GoPro Hero4 which was mounted to a drone for collecting geological survey data. Rather than cluttering up their MacBook, they transferred footage and still photos onto […]

Hard drives, friction and a data recovery from a Samsung M3 external drive

  Friction has always been a problem in technology. Ancient Egyptian art depicts workers dragging sleds carrying stone over the ground with workers pouring water on its track. Some of the world’s greatest thinkers from Leonardo de Vinci to Sir Isaac Newton have all pondered on the friction problem. In September 1964 Hans Peter Jost […]

Giving Back @ Drive Rescue

Drive Rescue was recently at the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin 7 to make a donation towards the superb work which Brother Kevin and his team do to help the needy and homeless in Dublin. This excellent charity spends no money on advertising or PR campaigns and keeps administration costs to a minimum. All funding […]

So who makes the most reliable hard drives?

The reliability of different hard drive brands has been an endless source of debate among computer enthusiasts and professional I.T. users for years.  In the same way that golf enthusiasts extol the virtues of a certain brand of club – some I.T. users have their preferred brand of hard disk. Users will have stories of […]

In praise of the humble DVD

  Most computer users are now conversant about SSDs, multi-terabyte drives, Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive and a host of other backup mediums, however most seem to have forgotten about the simplicity and the reliability of the humble DVD. Let’s say you have irreplaceable photos or video files of your first born, your round-the-world trip or […]

Data recovery from Buffalo Terastation RAID 5 (XFS file system)

    We recently helped a Dublin medical practice recover data from their failed Buffalo Terastation RAID 5 NAS device. It was being used as a file server between four workstations in their office. One month previously, they had noticed that something might be awry when their NAS started to display error codes its LCD. […]

Data Recovery of Toshiba PCIe SSD for MacBook Air (A1465)

                                                            (fig 1 .Macbook Air A1465)   We were recently helping a corporate user from Cork recover data from their MacBook Air (mid-2013 model). He had been using this system without a glitch since he bought it in late 2013. However recently he turned on his system and received the dreaded flashing question mark on […]

Drive Rescue @ CeBIT, Germany 2016

  Recently Drive Rescue were at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany checking out some of the latest storage technologies. There was some new and not so new storage devices exhibited there and some interesting speakers. CeBIT, the granddaddy of Europe’s IT exhibitions has certainly changed in the last few years. The days of exhibition halls being […]