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Why Disklabs?

Disklabs are industry leaders in data recovery, digital forensics and data erasure since 1997.

Disklabs have dedicated data recovery and digital forensic laboratories and data erasure and asset management facilities all operating out of headquarters located in the Midlands, England. Since its formation, Disklabs has developed a number of specialist technical abilities and expertise which has led to an extensive presence in UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Disklabs provides services and training to criminal defence solicitors, law enforcement, government agencies and military intelligence in matters of criminal justice, national security and the recovery of evidential material. We work with corporates and the general public, helping in the recovery of data and forensic investigations.

As a forward thinking and agile company, Disklabs continue to strive to build it services through innovation and research & development. We actively embrace strategic collaborations and this has led to the development of a number of cutting edge solutions and advanced products.


At Disklabs we specialise in recovering, analysing and erasing data, but pride ourselves on providing more than just results, we deliver effective solutions, products and service that are valuable to our customers.

We do this by being an innovative and forward thinking company, that believes in delivering what it says it can do. We are committed to developing our people who then use their specialist skills and knowledge to help solve complex issues and provide continuous improvements to our services in the fields of data recovery, digital forensics and certified data erasure.

Data handling is at the heart of our business and we ensure that our services, products and solutions are fit for purpose while ensuring our clients' data is secure.

Executive Team

Matthew Jones - Finance Director - Disklabs

Matthew Jones

As Director and Co-Founder of Disklabs, Matthew has over 20 years of experience working with data storage technology. He was integral in developing Disklabs ability to repair and refurbish hard disk drives which enabled the company to win a major IBM contract. Matthew has implemented a number of ISO Standards across all departments, focusing on security and quality. In 2010 he developed the first ever On-Site Data Recovery Training program. Matthew now spends a large amount of time advising and training Law Enforcement and Government Agencies in the Middle East, Far East and Africa on the latest developments in Digital Forensic and Data Recovery. Prior to founding Disklabs in 1997, Matthew worked in senior management for a large US corporate.

Harlan Simpson - Operations Director - Disklabs

Harlan Simpson

As Operations Director, Harlan oversees all of the internal operations at Disklabs and heads the Data Recovery, Digital Forensics and Certified Data Erasure departments of Disklabs. Harlan was instrumental in the development of Disklabs On-Site Certified Data Erasure solution, which continues to be the only such solution outside of North America. Harlan’s current responsibilities include delivery of the On-site Certified Data Erasure service across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Far East as well as managing the successful delivery of 5 digital forensics contracts to UK Police forces and government agencies. Prior to Joining Disklabs In 2005, Harlan had spent 5 years managing one of the largest asset management contracts in Europe.


Digital Forensics

Digital Forensics

Analysis of data stored on computers, tablets, laptops, mobile phones and other digital devices.

Data Recovery

Data Recovery

Retrieval of data, digitally stored documents and images lost through system failure, software issues or physical damage.

Certified Data Erasure

Certified Data Erasure

Certified, compliant and irreversible / permanent removal of data from any storage platform within data centres, military sites or corporate server rooms.

Our History


The Information Commissioner’s Office awards their Digital Forensic Contract to Disklabs

Large UK Government contract awarded to Disklabs for Computer Forensics, Mobile Phone Foreniscs and Forensic Data Recovery

Nationwide Framework for Certified Data Erasure of Police Exhibits awarded to Disklabs


Disklabs purchases and moves to new purpose built facility.

Disklabs completes it’s 20,000 mobile phone forensic examination.

Disklabs is appointed as sole suppler of digital forensic services to The Pensions Regulator


Disklabs redesigns the whole of the Faraday Bag range of products.


Disklabs undertakes certified data erasure in 8 countries.

Disklabs delivers Data Recovery training to a Middle East Client on-site.

Disklabs attends Milipol – world-wide exhibition of internal state-wide security – as an exhibitor.


Disklabs endorses Birmingham City University’s forensic degree course incorporating data recovery.

Disklabs delivers its first data recovery and forensics laboratory into the Far East.


Disklabs develops Core Competence training packages to include mobile phone forensics and computer forensics.

The Gadget Show features Disklabs services in relation to protecting personal privacy.


Disklabs begins undertaking cell site analysis for prosecution purposes.

Disklabs achieve the AccredIT UK the ultimate standard for suppliers and purchasers of ICT Solutions.

All Disklabs staff receive National Security Vetting & Metropolitan Police Service Security Clearance.

The Gadget Show features Disklabs services and films on company premises.

Disklabs deliver their first Core Competence training in Data Recovery.

Disklabs achieves CPD accreditation for the Bar Standards Board to train barristers.


Disklabs is awarded ISO 27001:2005 – Information Security Management and ISO 9001:2008 – Quality Assurance Management.

Disklabs wins South East based law enforcement forensics contract.

Disklabs is featured in a New Scientist article about the data security perils of smartphone ownership, and the difficulties of erasing data safely.

Disklabs redesigns the Phone-Shield Faraday Bag and introduces Cable-Shield, Laptop-Shield, Holdall-Shield and Tablet-Shield.

Disklabs delivers its first data recovery laboratory into the Middle East.


Disklabs wins East Midlands based law enforcement mobile phone forensic contract.

Disklabs is approved as CPD trainer for Legal Services.

Disklabs is awarded ISO9001:2008 Quality Assurance Management.

Disklabs receive ICT Excellence Award – Best Added Value Service 2008 for forensic data recovery.

Disklabs Ltd consolidates its specialist data services into three areas:

  • Digital Forensics
  • Data Recovery
  • Certified Data Erasure


Disklabs MD, Simon Steggles is featured on Tonight with Trevor MacDonald, filmed at the Disklabs Digital Forensics facility in Staffordshire, UK, demonstrating the ease with which a password-protected hard disk can be accessed with the right equipment.

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Disklabs is featured on BBC News after recovering all data from computers which had been subject to impact from a significant height and fire.

Disklabs launches the Phone-Shield Faraday Bag.


Disklabs begins to provide forensic services to Ernst & Young and EMC.


BBC news investigates what happened when Disklabs buys 100 hard drives on eBay and examines the state of their data, bringing the importance of proper data erasure procedures into the public eye.

Disklabs is awarded ISO27001 accreditation – Information Security Management.


2004 Disklabs mobile phone and computer forensics laboratory is completed.


Disklabs launches its forensic data recovery service catering to law enforcement [forensically repairing damaged exhibits].


Disklabs is awarded ISO9001: 2000 accreditation – Quality Assurance Management.


Disklabs is awarded ISO9001: 2000 accreditation – Quality Assurance Management.


Disklabs becomes the first approved data recovery partner to UK Western Digital, a relationship which still stands to date.

1CT launches its data recovery solutions for law enforcement, local authorities, corporate clients and home users under the Disklabs brand.


1CT wins the IBM contract to erase data and recertify hard disk drives throughout Europe.


1st Computer Traders Ltd (1CT) is established in 1997 as an IT asset management business.