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Prevent The "End Of The World"; Increase Your Chances Of Data Recovery

March 15th, 2013 Comments off

 

 

While not about Cloud Data, per se, today’s guest post has some excellent tips for helping you recover from a bad situation.

Increase Your Chances Of Data Recovery

Dead hard drive? Lost data? End of the world? It very well could be, especially if you are near to discovering the cure to cancer or to eradicating the flu virus. But no matter what kind of information is on your computer, earth-shattering discoveries or not, hard drive failure will always seem like doomsday. The worst part? You may not be able to recover all (or any) of your data from your failed hard drive.

Your Dilemma: Signs of Hard Drive Failure

You live in New Jersey, and you’re trying to learn a few of the languages spoken there. But each time you use your language programs, your computer freezes and makes strange grinding noises. Recently, when you tried to open one of your assignments for your language class at the local college, your computer couldn’t find it. You need to keep your language programs intact, and you have gigabytes of pictures, videos, and Word documents. So how can you ensure that your data won’t be lost?

Increase Your Data Recovery Chances

There are a few things that you can do to give your hard drive the best chance of full data recovery.

1) Stop using your computer immediately!

Your first option, especially if your computer is “grinding” and having obvious mechanical issues, is to stop using your computer all together. Yeah, you’ll have to use the library’s computer for a while, but leaving your data alone is the best option.

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2) Don’t write any new media onto the malfunctioning disk.

If you continue to use your computer, don’t put more data on your hard drive. Not only is it unreasonable, but you could accidently write over other data. Even by surfing the web, you risk losing more data because the browser saves files on its own.

3) Delete old files.

If you are still using your malfunctioning computer, you should delete extra, unused files. You may be able to prevent overwriting data by freeing up some space on your hard drive.

4) Back up, back up, back up!

The best way to keep your data safe is to back it up frequently. Be sure that every new important piece of data that is stored on your computer is backed up. If you have copies elsewhere, you won’t even have to worry about data recovery. Once you see any sign of your hard drive dying, find a way to back up files immediately.

5) Find a professional data recovery service.
So you don’t have a back up, and your hard drive isn’t getting any better. Don’t jump directly to home remedies. There are free programs to recover your data, but these could make the situation worse. Professionals, such as Secure Data Recovery Services, will be able to salvage more data than at-home efforts.

Prevent Your Doomsday

Do everything you can to prevent losing your language programs. But remember that even with all of these efforts, most of these steps just delay the inevitable, which is hard drive failure. Still, if you lose any data, take your computer to a professional first.

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Claire Young has been writing about computers and other modern gadgets since 2008. She is always on the lookout for new or up-and-coming products so that she can review these for other users.

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Financial Services in the Cloud

December 22nd, 2008 Comments off

IBM offers a SaaS Specialty partner program that provides resources, technical enablement and marketing support to its partners. IBM also offers hardware, software and infrastructure technologies to help its Business Partners deliver secure and scaleable cloud services. In addition, Business Partners gain access to over 40 worldwide IBM Innovation Centers, providing them with technical support and expertise for helping them test, build and optimize cloud services based on open platforms.

Fortent is a global specialist in anti-money laundering and regulatory compliance. Since 1993 they have served 26 of the world’s 30 largest financial institutions. Fortent’s advanced monitoring and detection technology is endorsed by the American Banking Association and uses a variety of IBM software, hardware and services to deliver the solution including: Tivoli Workload Scheduler, WebSphere Application Server and DB2 Enterprise Database Server, on virtualized IBM System p servers in an IBM e-Business managed hosting facility.

As the financial sector seeks to contain risk and rising compliance costs in the wake of unprecedented industry pressures, Fortent announced that it joined the IBM Software as a Service (SaaS) Specialty to deliver new anti-money laundering (AML), Know Your Customer (KYC) and fraud systems as cloud services to leading large-and mid-sized financial institutions around the world.

“This teaming helps financial organizations achieve two key goals during this turbulent time in the marketplace: lowering their total costs of compliance while managing risk effectively and efficiently,” says Ed Baum, Fortent’s Chief Marketing Officer. The collaboration between the two companies began in 1998, he notes. Today Fortent is one of IBM’s largest financial crimes and compliance technology partners in the world.

This is a huge step for SaaS and IaaS. With Capgemini creating a practice around cloud computing and now with IBM offering it’s cloud infrastructure and consulting expertise, I can see a faster enterprise cloud adoption on the horizon. Mix in a bad economy and lack of captial and the cloud looks like a no-brainer for many applications.

“SaaS is one of the fastest growing segments of the IT industry because it provides companies of all sizes with access to innovative solutions delivered remotely via a subscription model,” said Dave Mitchell, director of strategy, IBM ISV & Developer Relations. “Fortent’s commitment to SaaS can provide its customers with a powerful way to reduce implementation costs while rapidly deploying their compliance solutions.”

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