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A million ways to lose data but only a few to recover it

Around 174 years ago, the first calculating machine was created. The program that controlled it was used for handling Jacquard punched cards (the same that were used in the famous Jacquard machines for weaving patterned carpets). When the creator of the machine, Charles Babbage, presented his invention for the first time, he made a mistake by inputting the card the wrong way around, turning the programme into waste paper. That’s …Read More

Recovering data from black boxes

While air travel is consistently rated as one of safest forms of transport, recent disasters including ill-fated flight Air Asia QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore,  MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, which disappeared without a trace in the middle of the Indian Ocean and flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, which was struck down by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists fighting against the Ukrainian government, remind us that …Read More

Data for Sale: 80% of Second Hand IT Equipment Dealers have it wrong

You’ve got rid of an old disk drive, computer or mobile phone and you thought all your problems related to your old device disappeared like magic. Well, unfortunately not. All this is not as simple as you expected.  Your data might become accessible to unscrupulous third parties and your moment of elation will probably disappear very quickly. We have investigated how the second hand device dealers deal with data management. …Read More

Accessing Legacy Data from Microsoft Exchange & SharePoint Backups

There you are, on the brink of technology.  You want to install and upgrade your environment to the latest and greatest version.  Or perhaps you have already upgraded and now you’re trying to figure out how to restore the legacy data.  In either case, knowing how to do it is the Holy Grail. Most of what you have to do is dictated by your data retention policy.  If you are …Read More