My webhost is still restoring their e-mail functions after a “massive and critical” update, so this may be a little late in arriving, but at least the backup list alias is in place again so I can send it.
The experience of having my fileslinger.com mail account down for over 24 hours has reminded me that it’s important to have a backup e-mail account. I actually have several e-mail accounts. If there’s ever a time when you can’t reach me at [email protected], try [email protected].
What I wanted to talk about today, though, was DriveSavers, a data recovery company based in Novato. These are the people you go to when your computer has been dropped, burned, drowned, or otherwise damaged beyond repair. They’ve devised their own technology for getting data off a dead hard drive, and keep a suicide prevention counselor on staff to help panicked customers to cope.
Their website includes a museum showing samples of computers they’ve recovered the data from, and handy data recovery tips for both PC and Mac users. It’s worth printing these out and keeping them handy: then you can try a few things yourself before calling in someone you’ll have to pay to do those same things.
And remember—if you have up-to-the-minute backups, you won’t need data recovery services. The miracles they work don’t come cheap.
Stay tuned for more backup news,