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Hard Drive Noise.

If Your hard drive is making a clicking noise or grinding noise it is a final warning sign that it is about to fail. You should call us immediately to copy all your information to a new hard drive. This process takes about an hour. If you do not do this and you do not have a backup, the hard drive will have to be sent out to recover the information which will cost between $700 - $2700. Hard drives last between 3 to 5 years. Download and install the program below to see how your hard drives are doing. All you have to do is install it and it does the rest. If a message comes up that a failure is predicted contact us immediately to backup and restore your data to a new hard drive. Before installing it make sure you do not already have a S.M.A.R.T. program installed. You can check this by looking in your system tray.

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HDD Health by Pantera Soft Inc.

HDD Health is a full-featured failure-prediction agent for machines using Windows 95, 98, NT, Me, 2000 and XP. Sitting in the system tray, it monitors hard disks and alerts you to impending failure. The program uses Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) built into all new hard disks, and can predict failures on your hard drives. A host of alerting features include email, local pop-up messages, net messages, and event logging, while using no system resources.




Are your digital photos sitting on a single hard drive with no backup? Your financial records? Even at home, there is critical data you wouldn't want to lose when a hard drive fails or a virus (or wayward child) deletes your files.

MindPride can help you figure out a convenient and effective way to protect your data by making redundant copies of it either on other computers or on offline media such as CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or tape.

In many cases automated processes can be created that require very little attention or maintenance.

MindPride's Data Backups services:

  Data Backup Solutions
  Multi-PC Data Backups
  Data Transfer
  Data Recovery


Data Backup Solutions

In today's world, it takes more than an occasional file copy to floppy disk to handle your backup needs. Floppy disks just don't cut it for backing up your data. MindPride can assess your backup needs based on the types of files you create, and put together a solution that fits. Look here for different backup solutions

Multi-PC Data Backup

You can introduce a lot of additional data protection simply by copying data between multiple computers on the same network. This process can be automated, so that computers "synchronize" with each other periodically. MindPride can set this up for you as part of a comprehensive scheme for protecting your systems against loss of valuable/irreplaceable data such as financial records, family digital photos, etc.

Data Transfer

Sometimes you need to move data from one computer to another. In the case of moving all your email data, web favorites, application data, etc. it may not be clear (or easy) to recreate the same data on the destination computer. MindPride can do this for you.

Data Recovery

If the unthinkable occurs, there may be a way out. In the case of hard drive failure, for example, it is often possible to recover lost data using highly technical tools. MindPride can quickly help you determine what your options are, and in many cases recover at least some of your data. Of course, if you contact us now, we can help you to set up a robust data backup scheme, and you most likely won't ever need this service!

We Also Cover Solutions For Assorted Memory Media, Such As:

Memory Stick Recovery

Digital Image Recovery

Compact Flash Image Recovery

CD, CD-R, CD-RW, Tapes, Etc.






Data Recovery and Forensic Services

Hard Drive Recovery - Raid Data Recovery


MindPride has a very high success rate with hard drive recovery. Our in-house technicians can recover data from myriad variety of hard drive crash - even with raid data recovery.  Also from some virus or logic-bomb attacks. Most recovery issues are solved without a clean room and at a rate that won't break your budget.  Average billing time for data recovery is 3-5 hours.   MindPride  has a minimum service fee that must be made available either through major credit card or cash deposit. At which point MindPride will work to retrieve your lost data. 

Our technicians will keep you posted on developments with the data-recovery process as they occur.  Further billable work will be done on an hourly basis unless requested not to do so.  

What To Do When Disaster Happens

When you experience a data loss situation it is extremely important that you not act hastily to try to resolve the problem. Doing so can make matters worse and could result in the complete and permanent loss of your data. If you don't understand what is happening with your system, don't do anything but seek the advice of a hard drive recovery professional.

If your drive is making any unusual noises such as clicking, grinding or metal scraping, turn it off immediately! This condition typically indicates a head crash and major media damage. Hard disks spin at a high rate of speed, anywhere from 3200 to 10,000 revolutions per minute. Extensive damage can occur in a short period of time if a drive is left running, making the data irretrievable. In this situation it is best to turn off the system and CALL US for hard drive repair.

If you've accidentally deleted files, emptied the Recycle Bin or Trash Can, don't install any software or save additional files to your drive. Doing so may permanently overwrite the deleted items. If you are in the middle of a project when you discover files are missing, or you believe they have been deleted, save the current project to a floppy disk, or another storage device. Don't write, install software, or save anything to the drive where the missing files were located.

If you tempted to use commercial utility software such as Norton Utilities, and would like to attempt recovery on your own, you might render your data completely unrecoverable. We use high level recovery software costing thousands of dollars to recover data. In fact, some of the software we use is not for sale at any price! Amateurs Beware!!

Getting Started

Call us for a no cost rough idea on hard drive recovery, turn around time and success estimate.

Inform us about the following:

1) What operating system you are running: Windows, DOS, Mac OS, Novell NetWare, or UNIX. If you are not sure, just tell us the model and make of your computer.

2) The physical capacity of your drive or other storage media that has failed. If you don't know we'll try to help you find out. The model number of the drive is also useful but not required. Raid data recovery is also available and it is recommended that the entire server is submitted with the drives and controller used when the failure occurred.

3) If the drive is using compression such as DriveSpace, DoubleSpace, Stacker or Times Two. These programs compress the directory and work differently than file level compression like Zip, DiskDoubler or StuffIt archives.

4) If you are using any password protection or encryption software. We will need to know what program you are using, the version and the password.

5) About the current problem, any particular symptoms or steps that led to the situation.

Recovery Completion Process

In the event that MindPride is able to do a hard drive repair and retrieve your files, we offer several means of returning them to you. Depending on the size and amount of recovered files,, they may be placed on floppy diskette, Iomega ZIP Diskette, CD or DVD. They may also be placed directly onto a replacement hard drive, provided by MindPride, the customer, or a third party, such as the drive manufacturer or an extended warranty corporation.

*Remember to BACK-UP often. Don't take  chances with  important data! Hard drive recovery should not be your last resort!


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