Hard drives fail all the time. Eventually your hard drive will fail and your data
will no longer be available. Ron Austin of
Action Front Data Recovery Labs
joins the geeks for a discussion on how data can be recovered from “dead” hard drives.
Data Recovery is the process of getting data off of a hard drive or
some other storage media when the media has become unavailable. It is essential
that you do regular backups of your data, because your media will eventually fail.
Every week we cover a bit of the Geek news.
Vice Presedent of Marketing and Business Development at
Action Front Data Recovery Labs,
Ron Austin holds a BA in Computer Science from York University and
graduated with distinction. Ron began his IT career as a programmer/analyst
then moved into sales, marketing and eventually general management gaining
many years experience at the senior executive level of technology companies
including serving as President & CEO of Globelle Corporation before it was sold
to Tech Data Corporation.Ron has written two Data Emergency Guides that tell you what to do
and what NOT to do when you experiance data problems.
What is the Windows Update to Patch “BugBear Virus” volnurability?
To protect your self from this new virus go to
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS01-027, read the bulletin and install the patch. You need
this patch if you are running Windows with Internet Explorer 5.01 and 5.5.
Jeffery recomended using a second harddrive as a backup. The guest
and the Geeks agreed, but exterimaly important documents should be backed
up and taken to a second phisical location.
Ted Emailed us and asked:
Hi Guys, It’s Ted from Corralitos again, can’t get to a phone right now…
I am wondering if I do something like
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- John- BugBear Virus
- Miles- Microsoft patches to be better
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- Miles- Real Life – counter strike
- Dedi- Final Cut Pro Version 4
- Lyle- Apple Dropes Powerbook prices in a move to increase their laptop business.
- Sean- Small Hard Drives
Ron sais no, but Miles recomends writing random data, not just nulls.
Also two or more passes, for the paranoid, is helpful.
Can you recover data from a reformated hard drive?
You can recover from a high-level format (quick pass), but not from
the, less common, low-level platform.
- dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda
and write NULLs to my hard drive, say just one pass… Is it possible
to recover the data I just “wiped”?