If you are not yet backing up your data, please consider, at minimum, purchasing an external USB hard drive and connecting it to your Windows based PC or laptop or your Apple Mac, iMac or MacBook and using the free backup utilities provided by the operating system vendor. For Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, use the free Microsoft backup utility in control panel. For Apple Mac OS X products, enable Time Machine and follow the prompts to select and use the external hard drive you connected. For help with setting up your backup process and other important information, please visit our DataRescueMDs YouTube tutorials.
The CryptoLocker virus is alive and well and now derivatives are propagating the Internet. Without a backup or paying the expensive ransom, in most cases your data would be unrecoverable when attacked. Protect yourself by keeping your anti-virus software and database/definitions up to date and remember to backup your important data regularly. Then test those backups to be certain your backed up data is recoverable.
We offer FREE environmentally friendly recycling of your old Windows and Mac PCs, laptops, tablets, and other computers printers and power cords. Whether the equipment is working or not. This is a year round FREE service to customers and non-customers alike because we care about the environment. If your hard drive is left in the system(s) you drop off, we will remove your data from the hard drive and wipe it clean.
The cryptolocker and cryptowall file encrypting viruses now demand ransom payment in bitcoins. This further complicates the situation and diminishes the probability of getting your data back without a current backup.
If so, are you curious about the internal components and thinking about a do-it-yourself repair? BEWARE, opening the hard drive and attempting to repair it yourself, outside of an ISO compliant cleanroom environment, will disrupt the delicate environment inside. Particles, such as dust, pet dander, smoke, lint, fingerprints, etc. can contaminate the internal environment and risk permanent loss of your important data. If your data is important to you, contact Data Rescue MDs for a free evaluation.
Storm related power outages can cause a hard drive to crash or be left in an inconsistent state that prevents your computer from booting. Winter cold brings with it a variety of potential threats to your computer hard drives.