Would you feel comfortable if a stranger got hold of your hard drive? Most people think deleting files is safe. The bad guys know better. We show you how your privacy can be compromised.
Several years ago, I experienced a hard drive failure. I was at work when my laptop suddenly started to act particularly strange. About half an hour later, the hard drive failed audibly and the laptop wouldn’t boot anymore. Unfortunately, I didn’t have comprehensive backups. Over the next couple of weeks I considered doing everything under the sun — and did most of it — to fix the old HDD. If your hard drive has died, this guide might help you to revive it again. So roll up your sleeves and get to work!
No matter whether it was your fault or not, things can happen to the data stored on your devices. Hard drives, solid state drives, and removable media can all potentially “lose” files because of numerous different causes. Additionally, sometimes you may delete a file – no matter if on purpose or by accident – and then determine later on that you actually need it.
In June I switched over from a combination of Windows and Linux to pretty much using OS X solely, and being largely familiar with Windows software (and painfully aware of the lack of many Linux alternatives) I had to replace a few oft-used programs with Mac-friendly alternatives. At some point I realised I was bereft of a file recovery tool and it was at that point I discovered PhotoRec.