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Private investigation: The File Systems

The logical data structure on the disk is managed by the file system. FAT (File Allocation Tables) used to be a very popular file system known from DOS. Nowadays they’ve been replaced almost completely by a much more advanced NTFS. Both systems are mostly used in Microsoft operating systems. Open source operating systems are mainly based on the extended file system or eEXT (currently in its fourth version – ext4) …Read More

3 permanent ways to erase your data

In our last blog, we discussed the importance of being able to securely and permanently erase end-of-life data. Whether you’re working for a company that has legal obligations to destroy customers’ personal information after a certain timeframe, or you’re looking to sell an old smartphone on eBay and want to make sure nobody digs up your selfies, it pays to know how to do the job properly. And yet this …Read More

Secure data destruction: Why it matters

It can be hard to comprehend the scale of the average company’s data footprint. Not only do firms today have local hard drives and tape backups to contend with, but also mobile devices, memory cards and even virtual environments provided through the cloud. Every bit of that data needs to be managed securely and compliantly – not just in storage and transit, but also at the end of its lifecycle. …Read More

The first steps in file recovery for Mac

What happens when you accidentally delete a file? What is the best way to get it back? Here are few things simple things to try first: 1. Check the Trash To avoid deleting files by accident, your Mac first sends everything to the Trash. This holding area gives you one last chance to confirm you really want to delete files before they are removed permanently. You will see the Trash …Read More

Argh! 3 simple methods for deleted file recovery in Windows

What happens when you accidentally delete a file? What is the best way to get it back? Here are few things simple things to try first: 1. Check the Recycle Bin Normally, everything you delete goes into the Recycle Bin. This is a special holding area that gives you a second chance to recover data before it is deleted permanently. You can find the Recycle Bin on your computer desktop. Double-click …Read More

Recovering files from a hard drive with Ontrack EasyRecovery

The members of the Kroll Ontrack customer service team see it every day: Many computer users call and need after an unexpected loss of data urgently advice. Often it comes out quickly in the conversation that the professional help of data recovery specialist is not necessary. Because if the hard disk or the USB flash drive is not physically damaged and can still be accessed on the original file structure …Read More