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Examples of Data Loss Situations For Blackberrys / PDAs / Laptops and Notebooks

Recovery from physical and logical damage due to mechanical and electrical failure, software corruption or human error.

  • Dropped Blackbery / PDA / notebook computer / Laptop- no longer turns on
  • Broken Screen
  • Broken Keypad
  • Inaccessible drives and partitions
  • Applications that are unable to run or load data
  • Corrupted data
  • Virus
  • Hard disk component failure
  • Hard disk crashes
  • Fire, water, coffee and other liquid damage
  • Media surface contamination and damage
  • Accidental reformatting of partitions
  • Accidental deletion of data

The Recovery Process of Blackberrys / PDAs / Laptops and Notebooks

Initial diagnosis determines whether the media is accessible to our equipment. If so, the first priority is to create a raw image of the data on Sherlock Data Recovery Services media so that logical analysis can determine the nature of the data loss situation. If the media is inaccessible our experts will test the components and closely examine its internal health to determine the extent of physical damage.

Recovery of crashed hard disks often involves replacing failed or damaged components in a clean environment and using specialized hardware and software tools to create the raw image. Failed components typically include electronics, read/write heads, head assemblies, magnets & drive motors.

Logical recovery uses the raw image by examining the low-level data sectors and determining what fixes to filesystem structures are needed to get access to the important data. Sometimes the existing filesystem structures are missing or damaged so much that data has to be extracted directly from one or more fragments of the raw image.

Sherlock Data Recovery Services Data Recovery programmers have created a full set of software tools used by our technicians to analyze, fix & recover data from raw images of all operating systems. Once a recovery has been successfully performed, file lists are created and data validity is checked.


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Turn-Around Time On the Data Recovery of Blackberrys / Laptops / Computer Notebooksand PDAs

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Sherlock Data Recovery Services has geared its entire service to recover your data as fast as possible. When dealing with such a wide variety of problems, estimating time before the problem is diagnosed can be difficult. That is why each recovery case starts with an evaluation.

The evaluation begins immediately on receipt of the media. Generally, it takes us 2 to 24 hours to complete it. The process involves several hours of work and testing. (Mirroring alone may take up to 24 hours of computer time with extensive re-tries for badly damaged devices).

Complete turn-around time, including analysis and recovery, is usually between 1 to 5 days. Some severe cases can take considerably more time.

Our hours of operation are 9am to 7pm EST Monday to Saturday (All facilities). If you have an emergency situation, we have technical staff on call for weekends and after hours in all locations.

Time estimates are based on procedures and expertise required to recover the data you need. You are not charged by the hour. A firm quote is provided for your approval following the evaluation.

Hard Drive Brands, Models and Interfaces

Sherlock Data Recovery Services services all hard drive brands, models and interfaces. What follows is a comprehensive list. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.EIDE and IDE drives from all manufacturers including Western Digital, Seagate, Quantum, IBM, Maxtor, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Samsung, Conner, Micropolis, JTS, Digital, NEC, Compaq, Digital, Kalok, Fuji, Areal and JVC using 2.5″ laptop & 3.5″ Normal 40 pin ATA through to the UDMA6 interface.SCSI drives from all manufacturers including Seagate, Quantum, IBM, Western Digital, Fujitsu, Digital, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Micropolis, Maxtor, CDC, Imprimis, Conner, Epson, Rodime, Toshiba, Samsung, Hitachi and NEC using Normal SE, UW, Differential (WD), LVD, Hot Swappable (SCA) and 2.5″ laptop interfaces.
Fibre Channel drives from Seagate and IBM with FC (1Gigabit Copper) interfaces.
ESDI, RLL & ST/MFM drives from all manufacturers including Seagate, Western Digital, Conner, Fujitsu, Maxtor, Miniscribe, Quantum, Tandon, Fuji, Toshiba, IBM, Kalok, Micropolis, Priam, Microscience, Tandon, JTS, Kyocera, LaPine and Tulin.
MCA drives from IBM, Western Digital and Seagate with IBM ST-506 & ESDI and 2.5″ laptop ESDI interfaces.
PCMCIA Type I, II, III hard drives from IBM, Western Digital, Integral Peripherals and Procomm.
1.8″ ATA-5 drives from Toshiba and Hitachi
CF+ Type II IBM Microdrives