Spot Some of These Signs? Your Hard Drive May Be About to Fail


22 October 2015

Hard drive failure is often a surprise but crashes don’t really come out of nowhere. You can often spot a potential drive crash before it happens if you know what to look for. This is useful ahead of time so you have a chance to get a backup in and save data.

Here’s a list of signs you may notice in your computer that might signal imminent drive failure.

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Where Is Cloud Data Actually Stored?


25 February 2015

How Cloud Storage Works

With the rise in popularity of cloud-based data storage, more people are asking where and how information is actually stored by cloud providers. More precisely, what exactly is the ‘cloud’, and how secure is storing and sending information through the virtual network? It’s important to have a basic understanding of how your information is being handled–particularly the aspects of a service provider that you should be cognizant of in order to ensure the safety and privacy of your data.

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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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Broken Server + CBL = Disaster Relief


12 May 2010

If you are an CIO you understand the importance of protecting corporate data. There is no magic formula for safeguarding vital information but certain steps can be taken. Many businesses have systems in place, backup redundancy, or hard drives upon hard drives — but how many are 100% confident those measures will hold up when the time comes?

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Data Recovery by the Sector


16 March 2010

Little known fact: “data recovery” occurs on a regular basis on every hard drive. It’s true. Whether you like to believe it or not, hard drives are not reliable on their own.

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Data Storage and Protection


22 July 2009

Millions of hard drives are purchased each year. Storage capabilities are growing at a phenomenal pace and so are user needs. While the cost per gigabyte falls, many companies fail to consider the rising cost of data protection. A 1 terabyte drive may cost a few hundred dollars, however the cost of maintaining the data stored on that drive may go well into the thousands.

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Signs of a Hard Drive Failure


13 April 2009

Spotting the initial symptoms of a hard drive failure can often mean the difference between saving your data or losing it. Here are a few things to look out for.

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Holiday Gift Idea for the Tech Savvy Person on Your List


13 November 2008

Looking for a unique gift for the geek or nerd in your family?

At a loss as to what to buy a tech savvy friend this holiday season? You know the guy or gal who owns a couple of computers and is always being called upon to take...

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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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Avoid Hazards Both On and Off the Course


8 August 2008

Without a good drive, your business could be handicapped, too. Your data could be held captive.

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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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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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When a backup drive is not a "backup"


28 November 2007

Many times we get customers who bring in their external drives just after a crash. Often the external drive is referred to as their “backup”.

“I copied all of my data to my backup and it failed …”

Well, what about your original data? You mean this was your only copy?...

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Common Problems: The first steps to data recovery


18 September 2007

Missing a “system32” file? Accidentally damage a drive partition? Did you download a screensaver that turned out to be a virus? Plus you haven’t backed up data in 4 months. Now your boss’ computer won’t boot and you have a data disaster on your hands. Don’t panic, a data recovery solution is just steps away.

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Video: The evolution of drives and data recovery


27 June 2007


CBL Data Recovery CEO, Bill Margeson, talks about the evolution of the hard drive, common hard drive failure symptoms and data recovery techniques.

From the set of CH-Morning Live, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Heads and Tales: CBL Found the File No Other Company Could


10 May 2007

Marianne Richmond, owner of Marianne Richmond Studios in Minneapolis, had almost given up on data recovery specialists when her personal computer’s hard drive failed last year. Nobody could find the only file she desperately wanted — her personal journal for the past 10 years.

Her 500-page journal was crammed...

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Backup for Beginners


2 May 2007

External hard drives provide an affordable option for computer users and SOHOs to use to backup data from leading manufacturers like Western Digital and LaCie.

CBL Data Recovery offers six easy backup steps to safeguard your data:


  1. Identify what information is mission-critical data to you.
  2. Plug your external...

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