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Top Ten Unusual Requests for Data Recovery – No.1

16.12.15

Data Recovery Hit Parade

restoring data from water damaged disk drivesDisklabs countdown of odd requests for data recovery from computers and electronic devices comes to a close with this tale of woe.

Number one “Does it float Daddy?”

External disk drives are excellent for storage gigabytes and now even terabytes of data. Sadly they don’t make good bath toys. One of our clients contacted us in a panic when his four year-old twins put it in the bath. Before you ask why would they do that, it was a trendy bright orange colour. And no it wasn’t plugged in.

Dunking hard disk drives in the water is not very good for the electronics and bubble bath isn’t helpful either. It took several days to dry the drive out and some careful cleaning but we were able to recover all of the data.

Call us today on +44(0)1827 55999 or use our contact form if you have a problem with a computer disk drive, a phone or a tablet.

 

Disklabs – Cell site data analysis and reporting experts

 

Top Ten Unusual Requests for Data Recovery – No.2

09.12.15

Data Recovery Hit Parade

disk drive damaged in microwaveNumber 2 in Disklabs countdown of odd requests for data recovery from laptop computers and electronic devices.

“It was an experiment that went wrong”

A student called us asking if we could help recover data from a laptop that he had microwaved. Apparently he decided to do this because like Sir Edmund Hillary and Everest “it was there”. The resulting fire damaged the laptop beyond repair and ensured that the microwave subsequently gave anything cooked in it an unpleasant plasticky tang for ever after.

Although the controller chips and wiring for the hard drive were damaged the platters themselves were readable so we did get the student out of a hole on this occasion.

P.S.
You make think the student was an idiot but do a search for “microwaving a laptop” and you will see plenty of other people who were willing to try the same thing.

Call us today on +44(0)1827 55999 or use our contact form if you have a problem with a computer disk drive, a phone or a tablet.

 

Disklabs – Forensic data recovery of the most sensitive information

 

Top Ten Unusual Requests for Data Recovery – No.3

27.11.15

Data Recovery Hit Parade

restored data from broken disk driveNumber 3 in Disklabs countdown of odd request for data recovery from laptop computers.

“It didn’t survive 40mph along the tarmac”

Sadly leaving laptops on the roof of cars and then driving off is a common problem.  In the case various laws of physics relating to gravity, inertia, friction and deceleration came into play.  Our client said that he had reached 40 mph before the laptop actual left the roof of the car.  Needless to say this isn’t good for any part of the machine including the disk drive.

Fortunately our team of experts were able to recover almost all of the business data stored on it.

Call us today on +44(0)1827 50000 or use our contact form if you have a problem with a computer disk drive, a phone or a tablet.

 

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Top Ten Unusual Requests for Data Recovery – No.4

17.11.15

Data Recovery Hit Parade

restore data from damaged laptop disk driveNumber 4 in Disklabs countdown of odd request for data recovery from laptop computers.

“Our cat peed on my laptop”

The fact that the feline in question was a pedigree Persian Blue didn’t make any difference.  The encroachment of liquid into the computer didn’t do it any good.  Fortunately the disk drive in the laptop wasn’t damaged inn the process and, for once, it was a very straight forward job to access data and save the client’s data.

Call us today on +44(0)1827 50000 or use our contact form if you need help restoring important or confidential data from your electronic equipment.

 

Disklabs – Computer forensics for civil and criminal cases

 

Top Ten Unusual Requests for Data Recovery – No.5

09.11.15

Data Recovery Hit Parade

retrieve data from your broken motorola phoneNumber 5 in Disklabs countdown of odd request for data recovery from electronic equipment.

“The wife got stroppy and snapped it in half”

To be fair the lady in question thought that her husband was having an affair.  The phone was one of the old clamshell types so she wasn’t displaying quite such an expression of outrage as if it had been an iPhone.  Even so we only received half of the offending device. Fortunately the section with the working parts.

In this case we were able to analyse the sorry remains and retrieve all of the text messages and contacts from the phone.

Call us today on +44(0)1827 50000 or use our contact form if you need help recovering data from a broken (accidentally or on purpose) mobile phone or smart phone.

 

Disklabs – One of the UK’s leading mobile phone network cell site analysis providers

 

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