Disaster Recovery

10 MOST EFFECTIVE DATA RECOVERY AND COMPUTER BACKUP TOOLS

In computing, data can be lost through corruption, accidental loss or files become inaccessible. You need a system in place which allows you to back up your data and at the same time offer you recovery ability in case of any eventuality. The following is a list of some of the best tools in the market.

Data Rescue PC4- One of Profost Engineering latest version of data backup and recovery software. It has an advanced hard drive that makes it stand out in form of performance and effectiveness. The software gives you many options such as adding virtual Jbods, ran or RAIDs. It has been rated highly by users in their reviews.

EaseUS Data Recovery- The software will start by scanning your drive, saving all data immediately by just using one click. It has some of the best-advanced features with a well-designed interface that makes it easy to use.

R-Studio– The tool offers you a long-term ability to ensure that all your system files are safe and intact. It offers some of the most advanced features including recovering destructed data and imaging functions. However, it requires expert knowledge to use.Many Digital Forensic Labs and Data Recovery Centers use R-Studio on a daily basis.

BitRecover Data Recovery- The tool is suitable for file recovery, but will not handle complex issues that involve data recovery. The user interface offers you a number of options to deal with the recovery procedure such as preselected scan, deleted files, formatted data and raw data recovery.

Amigabit’s Data recovery- The tool is a hard drive recovery application that has been rated highly by users. Though its interface can be at times confusing to use the performance results are good. It will give you three recovery options for deleted files, reformatted files, and raw data recovery.

Icare Data Recovery-The tool offers you a simplified menu option to recover lost data, reformatted and lost partition and recover your deleted files. It is an easy tool to use by anyone in the business even with no expert knowledge. It has an effective backup and recovery potential despite its limited features. The tool has been rated highly by users.

Stellar Phoenix-The tool comes with a user-friendly interface that is easy to use and saves time. It features a number of facilities that make it a handy tool to use in network recovery processes. The tool has been well tested and proved effective with a consistent and dependable performance. You can select all the files you want to recover including multimedia files, emails, and Documents to make the scanning process selective and faster.

DoYourData- This is a software that can be used by anybody whether you are an expert or not. It is most suitable for home-based systems to offer you perfect backup and recovery results. It is well designed with very easy to use and understandable user interface. It will recover your documents, audio and video files and all your images. It is one is the easiest tools to use.

Ontrack Easy- A good tool that can be used by all classes of users from the experienced to the less knowledgeable ones. It has a step by step recovery process only requiring a few clicks to make it perform backup and recovery functions. It will quickly fix all your recovery issues and is perfect backup software.

Secure Recovery- The backup and recovery tool for Windows is a cheaper alternative that makes you back up and recovers all your data files. It has all the basic features necessary for data recovery and will effectively backup your data.It has a basic interface with all the functions such as the visual grid for showing the files being scanned from the hard drive partition. The tool has been highly rated by users in their reviews.

DEFENDING YOUR BUSINESS AGAINST NATURAL DISASTERS-A GLANCE AT KNOWLEDGE PROTECTION SOLUTIONS

You always live in this world hoping that all will continue to be fine, just the way you want it. But then sometimes the hopes get dashed away by unexpected happenings. Do you call it the will of God? Partly ‘yes’ and partly no, as some happen due to human errors, accidents, and omissions.

Running your life or any business is always prone to many challenges such as lack of finances, personnel issues, and many others. These need to be addressed on a day to day basis. Business owners have found it important to always take insurance for risks both external and internal. Most of these kinds of problems will be taken care of by insurance. But then, is that the end of problems?

Not at all, because other types of risks are there in plenty. We have the other disasters that happen due to the will of God such as earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, and others. Normally these kinds of disasters will not be insured against. Insurance companies in most cases are not willing to provide cover for them, due to the main reason that they cannot be quantified.

Natural disaster risks with respect to technology
When a natural disaster strikes in any corner of the globe massive damage and huge losses can occur to a business. Such disasters can cause massive information loses, damage to computing technologies and communication failure. All computer and network users will be left with nowhere to turn to or recover their data from. It will be a very costly affair for many businesses if not well prepared.

That is the more reason why proper measures should be adopted to protect against that kind of happening. The following points look at some of the methods that can be adopted.

Backup– A backup is a method that has been adopted since the introduction of computerized systems. This will ensure that you have a second, third or tenth copy of all data stored in your systems. Backup is important as data loss can occur due to many reasons including those caused by natural disasters. Cloud-based solution- Using the internet facility to back up your important data and programs is a sound solution which is becoming more popular. Businesses will have to check all issues including data security, legal aspects, connection issues and how fast the same can be retrieved. Plan in advance- Careful planning is required to know what kind of data needs to be backed up and at what period intervals. Create a contingency plan that is sound for your particular business. Protect Digital Assets– You digital assets including the hardware, software, and data are very important. You should always invest in protecting them just in case of a disaster. This can be achieved through.

Taking Insurance for all your digital assets
Ensuring to have a backup plan for all digital assets

RAID 0 Vs. RAID 1: The variations you were not Aware off

 

The name ‘RAID’ is nowadays getting more familiar to most people looking for a NAS-device or server usually for business or home use. The term stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks. All RAID enabled systems will use two or more hard disks to enhance performance or cater for fault tolerance issues. The fault tolerance aspect is important as a way of providing a kind of a safety net in case of hardware failure. It will ensure the continued operation of the machine with a component failure such as the hard drive.

The RAID levels determine the way you will configure the fault tolerance. The levels all depend on the number of disks available in the storage device, the seriousness of the drive failover/recovery in relation to your overall data needs and its importance to performance enhancement. A home user needs are different from that of a business in that the latter has more reasons to maintain the data intact when a hardware failure occurs. The different levels associated with RAID always represent different configurations. The difference main aim is to provide different balances in data protection and performance improvement.

In order to get to understand the different levels, we will embark on the review to try to give an overview of the differences that exist between RAID 0 and RAID 1 as a start.

Data Organization

RAID 0– The level offers to strip without parity or mirroring. Stripping is the act of data being split evenly across the available disks.

RAID 1– The set up for this is quite different in that there is no stripping and the whole data will be mirrored on each of the disks. The problem with this is that it will result in multiplications causing redundancy.

Reliability

RAID 1– There is more reliability at this level than level 0 due to the data redundancy factor. The argument is that, even if one drive fails there will still be data available on the remaining disks. The only disadvantage is that the RAID arrays will not offer protection against data bit rot.

Performance

RAID will offer faster writes and reads than RAID 0. The write times are enhanced by the data split over the several disks. The transfer speed of arrays determines the speed of transfer to all disks combined. Reads from RAID 0 are done at a lower speed as performance is slowed down by its controller. The performance of RAID 0 is therefore considered better than that of RAID 1.

Storage capacity

When it comes to total available storage-

-For RAID O unit, it is the sum of separate disk storage capacities due to none redundancy.

-For RAID 1, it is the same for the entire disk because of redundancy

Applications

RAID 1 is the best choice in terms of reliability and no- data loss. RAID 0 will be the best choice in cases where volumes are large and high performance is required.