Interview: Talking Tech on Tech Talk Radio with Marc Saltzman


7 January 2019

The first Tech Talk radio show of the year with Marc Saltzman featured CBL talking about data recovery, hard drive tips, data deletion and more.

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CBL Pictures: Throwback T-Shirts From Thankful Customers


16 November 2018

Something from the Archives as we celebrate twenty-five years of recovering data. Throwback to our kudos wall of t-shirts from thankful customers.

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How Well Something Works (After I Decide to Fix It) - an xkcd comic


16 May 2018

A humorous post about repairs from popular webcomic xkcd.

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CBL Pictures: Burnt Bytes and Backups


16 November 2017

Recently, we received this laptop for recovery. The fire had ravaged the client’s home, destroying the laptop, and the backup device sitting nearby.

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Total Head-Crash on the Park


18 August 2017

Every now and then our lab techs have some fun…. A solar eclipse over the U.S. and a classic song by Bonnie Tyler prompted this rewrite.

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Heads and Tales: Rescuing Data for Environmentalists Rescuing the Rainforest


21 April 2016

Through the research efforts of the individuals who make the Durika Reserve home as well as the visitors to the community each year, a vast array of previously unknown or recorded findings has been collected for five years on the flora and fauna which also make Durika their home.

While a self-sustainable community that uses alternative energy sources, its members do leverage select modern technologies including a laptop computer upon which are stored the images of the flora and fauna captured by researchers and visitors. When Eugenio García López, biologist and ecologist with Fundación Durika, could not access the files on his laptop’s hard drive, he felt despair.

“The photographs contained on the damaged external hard drive represented hundreds of hours and research of biologists in the rainforest or photographs taken while hiking through dense, virgin jungle where no one probably has ever been before.”

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CBL Pictures: What Are These?


24 March 2015

Likely unfamiliar to younger people and not seen in ages by our older readers…

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Data Disaster Impacts felt across Asia, Recovery confidence not that high [Infographic]


8 May 2012

Infographic: key findings of the EMC Asia Pacific & Japan Disaster Recovery Survey As the amount of data the world is producing and needing to store continues to multiply, its value to corporate business operations is also increasing. In the Asia-Pacific regions, with economic growth and turbulence all the same, the importance of minimizing disruption and maximizing business continuity prospects when problems occur remains.

EMC released the results of a survey on the topic today. Check out the various areas where data loss and the lack of confidence in recovery affects business in AsiaPac regions.

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Critical Business Data Remains Vulnerable to Attack, Natural Disaster


3 April 2012

It’s Spring! Time to review & renew your business continuity plan. According to a recent survey of small and medium business owners and IT decision makers, businesses are leaving themselves increasingly vulnerable to the loss of data and the potential for a privacy breach.

The revelations come from a recent survey commissioned by Primus Business Services, which shows nearly two-thirds (60 per cent) of participating small and medium businesses invest less than 10 per cent of their budgets in data security…

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Can you trust data recovery service providers?


17 January 2012

What does a trustworthy DR provider look like? Who can you give your keys to?; photo by pepperJ The worst has happened: the computer or server with your confidential and time-sensitive data has crashed. Panic starts to set in, and a quick call or visit to your IT support confirms that this issue is beyond the scope of your help desk’s services. It’s time to call in a data recovery provider. IT support probably already has a provider in mind. But what exactly are they going to do with your data? How can you trust them?

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Keeping e-Health Healthy: Data Recovery when IT Happens to Medical Records


8 July 2011

IT Happens in a Digital Healthcare world too; Photo by SouthernTabitha Today’s healthcare environments, from small clinics to megacity hospitals, are going digital faster than ever before. This means that more and more vital, personal, and confidential health information is being stored in digital format and this once paper-based world of doctors and healthcare professionals is now run on a huge variety of digital databases, patient data, and technology. Managing this amount of data presents increasing challenges for IT professionals and issues of security, accessibility and what to do in the event of data loss disasters arise.

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Ghosts of Data Disasters Past


23 December 2010

Ghost of Data Disasters Past In the spirit of the holidays this year, we decided to take a look back at some of the data recovery issues from yesteryear, our own Ghosts of Recoveries Past!

In ye olde Olden Dayes, saw we challenges diverse and frightful.

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'Twas the Night Before Deadline: a Christmas Recovery Poem

21 December 2010

Dr CBL to the rescue in a Santa suit

A SOHO-Ho Computer Crash On Christmas Eve

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Financial Markets, Cars and Computers


30 June 2009

Q) What do financial markets, cars and computers have in common?

A) They crash.

When the markets crash, people suffer real financial losses.

When automobiles crash, people suffer serious injuries.

When computers crash, people lose their data.

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Data Recovery: What Not to Do


22 June 2009

Data recovery typically occurs in an emotional climate of great distress. Keeping this in mind, it is important to refrain from certain impulses…

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Avoid Looking for "Quick" Fixes to Data Loss Problems


19 June 2009

A data loss crisis can erode an organization’s self-confidence. Organizations can mitigate the threat of data loss by taking these three steps

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When Dad's Data Needs Recovering


12 June 2009

Okay. Has the search begun yet for a unique gift for your dad, stepfather, or grandfather for Father’s Day?

Does Daddy store his data on a Windows laptop, PC or server?

Does Father upload photographs of family vacations, birthday parties and other events from his digital camera to his...

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Data Recovery vs Data Restoration


10 June 2009

Data recovery is frequently confused with data restoration. In data restoration, data is brought back from backup media sources. In data recovery, there is no data backup.

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Recovery in the Recession


8 June 2009

It was noted on itbusiness.ca that “Recent Gartner survey data of 475 IT decision makers in global enterprises with 1,000 or more employees found that more companies are actually postponing or scaling back computing projects rather than canceling them outright.”

“That might be so,” states Kalle Almer, Director of Business...

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Bits, Bytes and Blush


15 May 2009

Can data live to see another day after a laptop crashes to the ground?

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March Madness - Rebounding Fouled or Blocked Drives


20 March 2009

The best defense against data loss is to regularly back up your PC or laptop. However, you can’t bury your head in the silicon. The unexpected can and will happen. It’s not a matter of if data loss disaster will strike; it’s simply a matter of when. One day you will lose data.

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Keep a Lid on IT


5 February 2009

...resist the temptation to tamper with or hand over the drive to anyone but a professional data recovery specialist…

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Saving Bits Can Earn You Bucks


2 February 2009

If you now find yourself back on the job market, here is an opportunity to earn money while you continue your search for a new job —The “CBL Data Recovery Advantage Partner Program”

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IT Resellers: Lost Data Is Found Revenue


16 January 2009

So what does a reseller of IT goods and services do to generate a profit in these challenging economic times?

While it currently may be a challenge to sell a new IT solution to replace a company’s existing infrastructure, there are ongoing opportunities which emerge from customers who keep their older systems: it’s not a matter IF data loss will happen; it’s simply a matter of WHEN.

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Can you afford to be without your data?


14 January 2009

Hard drives don’t discriminate. Whether the economy is in a recession or a boom, no one is immune to data loss. It’s never a matter of IF data loss will happen; it’s simply a matter of WHEN.

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SITEX 2008 in the bag


10 December 2008

Hopefully (if you were in Singapore) you made your way to SITEX 2008 and the CBL booth. This year had more of everything, including visitors.

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Humpty Couldn't, But Your Data Can Survive A Crash


20 November 2008

If Humpty Dumpty had been working on his laptop while he was sitting on the wall when he had his great fall, we know that all the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. But what about data on his laptop? Could...

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The Day His Infallible RAID Array Failed


7 November 2008

Have you ever asked yourself, “What would I do if I lost everything that I’ve stored on my computer for the last 15 years?” Well, one CBL Data Recovery customer did.

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Save Data. Dispel Data Recovery Myths.


29 October 2008

Data recovery is not simple or straightforward. Data loss can occur for numerous reasons. Just as numerous are misconceptions about the data recovery process.

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Does Your Computer Vendor's "Service Recovery" Include Your Data?


12 September 2008

Have you ever had the occasion to call a vendor to express your dissatisfaction with its product or service that you purchased? What reaction did you get from the staff? Did they pay you lip service and simply ignore your complaints? Did the vendor live up...

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Wipe Your Hard Drive, Not Your Brow


28 August 2008

It’s been reported by numerous news sources that UK Bank customers’ details sold for £35 on eBay.

While investigations into the matter continue, MailSource UK – an arm of Graphic Data is not the first organization—public, private or governmental—which has captured such headlines.

Last...

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Back to School Advice for Parents (and Students with Laptops, too)


20 August 2008

In today’s world of e-gadgets, a new or used laptop or personal computer may also be on the Back-to-School shopping list.

Here’s some advice for parents.

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Cars vs Computers


8 August 2008

Have you ever pondered how cars and computers are similar?

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Goodbye Dolly; Hello CBL


25 July 2008

As business owners and individuals in Southern Texas bid Hurricane Dolly farewell and good riddance, many will discover flood-damaged computers and cameras.

If you find yourself in such a predicament,

  • do not assume that the files on your computer or memory card are lost;
  • do not attempt to use...

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5 Steps to Rapid Recovery When Your 5x9 RAID Fails


6 March 2008

RAIDs. Whether you call it a Redundant Array of Independent or Inexpensive Disks, one thing is for certain. Your organization is very dependent on your RAID and the data that is stored on its hard drives.

While hardware vendors or VARs sell customers on a RAID’s fault tolerance...

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Compute While You Commute


7 February 2008

Laptops continue to populate our IT-landscape in growing numbers. The convenience that laptops afford us, the choice of applications available, and declining price are compelling reasons individuals and organizations are embracing laptops rather than their more sedimentary PC cousins. And, we cannot dismiss the growing trend of the...

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Heads and Tales: Rescuing Data for Environmentalists Rescuing the Rainforest


31 January 2008

For individuals who have had the good fortune of traveling to one of the most bio-diverse and less explored regions which still remains on the planet, the Durika Biological Reserve of Costa Rica represents 8500 hectares (21,000 acres) of pristine and beautiful tropical cloud forest managed by The Pro Conservation Foundation of the Durika Biological Reserve, a.k.a. the ‘Durika Foundation’. The Foundation, located near Buenos Aires, is a self-sustaining eco-community comprised of approximately 30 individuals who live permanently 1,650 meters (5,413 feet) above sea level to help conserve, protect and explore the land as well as to reverse the negative impact of modern agricultural practices on the mountainous landscape that the indigenous people—the Cabécar and Bribri—farm which is so vital to their existence, environment and heritage.

For many individuals, the opportunity to travel to such remote parts of the world is not feasible. However cyber-travelers can venture to such exotic places via the internet and arrive at their destinations where photos may entice adventurers to one day visit. The Durika Biological Reserve is one such destination where images of its beauty have been captured to share with others.

Through the research efforts of the individuals who make the Durika Reserve home as well as the visitors to the community each year, a vast array of previously unknown or recorded findings has been collected for five years on the flora and fauna which also make Durika their home.

While a self-sustainable community that uses alternative energy sources, its members do leverage select modern technologies including a laptop computer upon which are stored the images of the flora and fauna captured by researchers and visitors. When Eugenio García López, biologist and ecologist with Fundación Durika, could not access the files on his laptop’s hard drive, he felt despair.

“The photographs contained on the damaged external hard drive represented hundreds of hours and research of biologists in the rainforest or photographs taken while hiking through dense, virgin jungle where no one probably has ever been before.”

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The Need For Data Recovery


24 January 2008

Data recovery is one of those services you will always need. It is one of those services that, despite any preventative measures you take, you will require at some point. You can make countless backups, you can have several UPS power supplies, even have every security software available...

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Dangers of DIY Data Recovery


11 January 2008

Sometimes a little bit of knowledge can lead to bad things. Often we get calls from IT professionals who require data recovery services. As they explain the symptoms of the failure they proceed to explain what they have already attempted. This is when a $500 recovery can turn into...

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Yes, Virginia, Your Holiday Photos can be Rescued


13 December 2007

Don’t let data loss ruin your holidays.

Forty years ago, beaming mothers queued up at local drug or department stores to have their children, dressed in their finest clothing, photographed on Santa Claus’ knee, a memory forever captured on glossy paper and displayed once a year on the coffee table or...

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How to make a hard drive image with Pro-V


11 December 2007

For projects with logical problems one of the first steps we take is to make an image of the media. Working with the image as opposed to the original drive ensures the data source remains intact. One of the useful tools included with CBL’s Pro-V data recovery software is the...

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Heads and Tales: When he lost data, Kardinal Offishall did the right thing.


6 December 2007

When Kardinal Offishall, the Juno Award winner and Canada’s “hip-hop ambassador”, discovered that he could no longer access files required for an imminent recording session at an US studio later the same week, he did the right thing. He called CBL Data Recovery.

CBL technicians...

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Heads and Tales: For 24 hours, CBL is THE Hub


6 December 2007

For 24 hours, CBL is THE Hub.

Canada’s data recovery specialist comes to hubcanada.com’s rescue.

For small business owners, the end of the business day rarely finishes at five o’clock. In fact, taking work home to complete or review at the end of the day or on the weekend has...

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Rare Music Files Rescued from Severely Damaged Hard Drive


5 November 2007

Heads and Tales: Out of the Ashes

When vintage music store, M.C. Productions Vintage Recordings, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada was destroyed in a fire, owner Mickey Clark lost all of the CDs he had compiled from his massive record collection, all of the backup disks from the music files he had digitized, and half of his inventory of 20,000 original recordings dating back to 1902. In addition, both of his hard drives were drowning in two feet of water. To the distraught performer, that meant the possible loss of thousands of music files many of which were Clark’s only copies which he started collecting at the age of eight.

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Attention California Residents and CBL Customers


24 October 2007

As wildfires continue to ravage Southern California, CBL Data Recovery’s San Diego County laboratory remains open. CBL reminds computer users throughout the country that data can often be recovered successfully from fire-damaged storage media.

Doug Owens, Managing Director of CBL’s laboratory in El Cajon...