Water And Hard Drives Do Not Mix!

You are sitting at your computer working on an important project, unbeknownst to you, your air conditioner has been leaking water inside your ceiling. Bubbles are forming above your head, and splash! Gallons of water pour down, soaking you and your computer. Ok, I know, this scenario is highly unlikely. Instead, maybe you are sipping a cool beverage while working on an important document, and your toddler walks up to show you their favorite toy, tipping your drink over and into your computer. The point I am trying to make is, hard drives and liquids don’t make good company.

The question now remains, is it possible to fix a hard drive that has been damaged by liquids? The sad new is this, it is entirely likely for you to lose all of your valuable files, pictures and documents stored on your hard drive due to water damage. Accidental spills aren’t always the culprit. It can happen from a variety of water soaked situations, for example, floods, tornados, hurricanes and fires. Remember that these are often panic situations, and generally require emergency data recovery services.

The first step that needs to be understood in any of these situations is, time is of the essence. If your hard drive has been damaged by any liquid, you must get professional help as soon as possible in order to recover the important, if not priceless data stored on your hard drive. Once a hard drive has become wet, the damage can increase with time, exponentially. In essence, the longer you leave it wet, the worse it can become. See this article about recovering hard drives from water damage.

The first objective you should do with any electronic device that has been exposed to water is to shut the power off and disconnect it from its power source. Do not move the Continue reading …

DivX, DVD Battle Brings A Definite Winner

ddbbThe good news about DVD is that, like the atomic what-sit that Ralph Meeker can’t contain in the 1955 Robert Aldrich film of Mickey Spillane’s Kiss Me Deadly, DVD’s future range of applications won’t be contained. NO, not by the digital straitjacket in which the Hollywood studios and consumer electronics manufacturers have been trying to bind it. Or maybe not. As a business, DVD may indeed remain lashed to its movie-centric control model, and even more so in the Divx model, with its movie-as-rental object strategy. Is Divx ready to pile DVD with the roadside detritus that is heaped atop the other failed formats of yore: Betamax, quadraphonic stereo, and …