Friday, June 4, 2021

Hard Drive Recovery Associates Offers Advice on How to Deal with Problems with the Zoom App

Hard Drive Recovery Associates, a data recovery service company based in Irvine, California, has recently published an article on their site that discusses how to deal with issues with the Zoom app. Zoom has become a necessary tool during the pandemic lockdowns as it allows people to hold meetings with clients, workmates and business associates when it comes to businesses, and to meet with family and friends in other places. This videoconferencing software has also proven to be a valuable tool for schools for online classes.

Jack Edwards from Hard Drive Recovery Associates says, “With Zoom as a key program being used for various videoconferencing requirements, it is important for users to know what to do when experiencing some kind of trouble, such as lack of or poor audio and video, echo problems, screen freezes, and screen sharing issues. We offer advice on what to do in this particular blog post.”

A typical problem with Zoom videoconferencing is the lack of audio or poor audio. It is important for users to know that they need to grant permission to Zoom to have access to the camera and microphone of the computer or whatever device that is being used. That may likely be the problem but in case it doesn’t work, it is time to check on the audio settings of the computer or gadget being used.

Another common issue with Zoom is the presence of an echo, which makes the audio sound like people are inside a tunnel. When this happens, it is the person at the other end of the meeting who has to adjust something in their setup.

There is also the potential problem of the screen freezing while in the middle of a Zoom meeting or the video appears to be slower compared to the audio. This is a time-lag problem and the Internet may be too slow. It may also have to do with a weak Wi-Fi signal. Or the lag may be caused by Zoom itself. To remedy issues with Internet speed, it may be a good idea to choose the time to hold Zoom meetings. If the Wi-Fi signal strength is weak, it may be a good idea to move closer to the Wi-Fi router or possibly get a wireless router with a stronger signal.

Screen sharing issues during a Zoom meeting may be caused by an Internet connection problem. If not, it may have to do with the setup of Zoom so it may be a good idea to begin the Zoom meeting with no video. Thus, it will start as an audio conference call. After some time has passed, the video will automatically turn on to share the screen with the other participants in the meeting. If the Zoom meeting is already in progress, it may be a good idea to click on the “Stop Video” button and then click on the “Share Screen” button. And if it still doesn’t work, the user can try to uninstall Zoom and then reinstall it.

With the above-mentioned recommendations, the user may be able to have a Zoom meeting that is functioning properly. If not, it may be time to call on the professionals. Just like when a hard drive crashes, it is essential to call on the professionals. The experts from Hard Drive Recovery Associates are available to provide data recovery service when users find that they can no longer access vital files, including photographs, documents, e-books and more. The service that the company provides can help prevent people from panicking and feeling stressed when they are unable to use their files. Luckily, the company has a 98 percent success rate in recovering data. And they are so confident in their skills that they will not charge anything in the event that they fail to recover the hard drive data.

People who are in need of data recovery services can visit the Hard Drive Recovery Associates website, or contact them on the phone, or through email. They can be contacted every day of the week and 24 hours a day.


Thursday, May 13, 2021

Data Recovery Service Provider Explains How to Choose an E-Reader in New Blog Post

Hard Drive Recovery Associates, a data recovery service company based in Irvine, California, has recently published an article on its website that offers advice on how to choose an e-reader for oneself. With the pandemic, people who love reading books are restricted from going to the library. And purchasing books from the bookstore is inconvenient not just because of the pandemic but also due to the large amount of space that physical books will require in the home. Fortunately, there is the e-book alternative and with people finding themselves having a lot of free time at home, they can indulge in reading their favorite books in e-book form and using an e-reader, such as a Kindle, Kobo, Nook, or even using an e-reader app on their tablet or smartphone. The question is which of these e-readers are appropriate for a particular person.

There are actually a number of factors to consider when making the appropriate choice. One of these key factors is screen size and the actual physical size of the gadget. The device should be light enough in weight so that it doesn’t become a hassle to hold for long periods of time while reading. And the screen size should be enough to allow one to adjust the text size to allow easy reading. The problem with the screens of smartphones and tablets is that they are not truly effective in minimizing glare, which could cause a lot of strain on the eyes. E-readers like Nook, Kobo, and Kindle use e-ink and other similar technologies to reduce glare and make e-book reading easier on the eyes. In addition, e-readers have been designed specifically to make it easy to hold them even when reading for long periods of time.

Meanwhile, e-readers are usually more energy efficient than other gadgets like tablets and smartphones. Some may even allow reading for several weeks on just one charge of the battery. However, it is still a good idea to check on the battery life of a particular e-reader before buying it. Modern e-readers now have a frontlight but this could be a substantial drain on the battery. Thus, it is always important to check on battery life for those conditions when Wi-Fi and the frontlight are turned on.

Jack Edwards from Hard Drive Recovery Associates says, “We hope that this blog post has provided you with valuable information on how to choose your own e-reader. Using an appropriate e-reader can provide you with hours of reading enjoyment, much like reading from a physical book. However, there is also the possibility of losing those e-book files. Fortunately, we can help you recover those files.”

Hard Drive Recovery Associates provides a service that helps people recover valuable data that they are unable to access because the hard drive containing those files had crashed or failed. Those valuable files may not even be replaceable, such as family photos, important documents, composed music, drafts of books being written, and more. The data recovery service that the company can provide can help people avoid the stress and panic that they often feel when their hard drive fails. Fortunately, their recovery rate for desktop and laptop hard drives is 98 percent. And they will not charge the client if they are unable to recover the hard drive data.

The company offers free evaluation and this can be requested by calling them on the phone or by filling an online form on their site. Aside from providing data recovery services for desktop and laptop hard drives, they can also recover data from MacBooks, iMacs, iPhones, and iPads.

For business enterprises, they can provide data recovery solutions for RAIDs and servers. Servers continue to be the primary way of storing computer data for enterprises, even with the increasing popularity of cloud computing. Servers and RAIDs are more robust when it comes to protecting data, but a server or RAID may still crash or fail. They provide a specialized 24-hour drop shipment program so that business enterprises to have their server or RAID functioning properly against as soon as possible.

Those who are in need of a data recovery services provider can check out the Hard Drive Recovery Associates website, or contact them via the telephone, or through email. They are open 24/7 to ensure that those who need emergency data recovery can access their service.


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Data Recovery Services Specialist Shares Insight On USBs

Irvine, California based Hard Drive Recovery Associates is reaching out to the community with a new blog post where they talk about what USBs are, the different variants they come in and their overall function.

"This is the age of connectivity. Transferring data is almost second nature to the majority of us. Three letters prevail in the field as the main ingredient holding it all together: the USB," explains Jack Edwards, a representative of the company. He continues, "Whether you know what they are or not, the Universal Serial Buses (Or as most people know it, USB), are at the core of modern technology, whether they be connectors or cables. Knowing just how important they are, you may want to consider learning a thing or two about USBs as it can only make your life easier."

Edwards explains that people tend to be confused and shy away from learning about USBs due to the sheer amount of information that is related to them. These can prove to be quite overwhelming for people who are not technically proficient, and naming the different types of connectors may already seem like a challenge to most. He claims that understanding these devices is not as complicated as it may seem at first, however, and it all makes sense in its own way.

Through their blog, the company shares, "The first thing to know about USBs is their types and how to identify them. There’s USB-A, B, C, mini-USB, micro-USB and then USB 1, 2 and 3. Each of these refers to a different type of cable or connector. Numbers are for cable types (and their speeds) and letters for connector types. When it comes to cables, the higher the number, the faster the speed of data transfer. USB connectors are a little more complicated, as they come in different shapes and sizes."

Most of the versions of USB connectors, including the standard USB, Mini USB and Micro USB, have two or more variations of connectors. Most people are familiar with the standard USB connector as well as the micro USB connector (Commonly used by phone chargers). Other connectors (Such as type B and C) are far less common and most will not have heard about them or know what they do unless they are involved in the technology field.

Thunderbolt connectors are also an example of this. For most of their history, Thunderbolt connectors were distinct from USB. That is, until Thunderbolt 3 happened, which uses a USB Type-C connector. So now, with the widespread use of Thunderbolt 3, the divide between Thunderbolt and USB may not be as obvious as before. This connector was designed in a collaboration between Apple and Intel, brought to the market in 2011. At the moment, it was seen as an alternative to USBs. Unlike USBs, however, Thunderbolt aimed to offer considerable benefits, including multiplexing data lanes for PCIe and DisplayPort hardware together, namely mixing data with video and even a fast data rate of 10Gbps for each of two channels (20Gbps in total).

When it comes to compatibility between cables and connectors, Hard Drive Recovery Associates explains that this should not be a topic of concern for users, as all cables are compatible with any USB connector and technology. The limiting factor is the connector and ports available on the device, as it is not possible to connect different types to each other.

Edwards explains, "You want to be more careful about this than anything else, especially when you are looking to buy a new cable to connect your devices. You can end up with a cable that is completely useless to you due to its connector not being supported by your device, so you always want to make sure not to mix up their different types, and always double-check before making a purchase."

The company's website offers more details on Hard Drive Recovery Associates and their services. Interested parties may also reach out to Jack Edwards to follow up on any inquiries via email or phone as well. They may also visit the company's social media pages or blog to stay up to date on their latest news and announcements.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

Hard Drive Recovery Associates Publishes Article On Podcast Tech

Irvine, California-based Hard Drive Recovery Associates (HDRA) recently published a new article titled ‘Do You Have the Tech Basics of Podcasting.’ Running a podcast, while an apparently simple endeavor, is a hobby that requires a certain amount of commitment. Running a podcast also requires at least a basic understanding of the technology used to produce content. Many people have begun looking for hobbies during this pandemic, taking up hobbies and activities to stay occupied, and podcasting is one of the many ways in which people have chosen to spend their time and energy. A podcast allows one to share things with the world, and Hard Drive Recovery Associates wants to make sure that everyone knows how to go about setting up their own podcast as well as keeping it running.

“There has been a surge in the amount of content people publish,” says the article. “Whether it is to bring some semblance of normality in their lives or to remind others in their network what they’ve been up to in these boring times, sharing podcasts can be quite therapeutic and effective as a social activity these days.”

In order to stream a podcast, one needs an internet connection and a computer, along with a few other items. The first on this list is a microphone, which is used to actually record the podcast, and there are a wide variety of microphones available on the market. These products range from high-end devices to more affordable options. A high end microphone is not an absolute requirement (although it can boost the audio quality of one’s podcast). A basic microphone can do the job just as well, however, and a lot of podcasts simply use the most basic setup to produce content.

Another item one might need is a headset, especially for a podcast with multiple participants. “A headset is a must if you are going to have a podcast with multiple participants,” the article says. “If you are doing a solo act podcast or if you’re not doing a reaction vlog or content that would require you to watch or listen to another person or piece of content, then a headset may not be necessary. But if you have a partner or you’re doing a reaction podcast, then make sure you have a great headset.”

Lastly, recording and mixing software are a necessity for anyone looking to put together a podcast, according to the article. Podcasts featuring just one unedited voice do fine but adding other elements requires special software. Programs like Digital Audio Workstation, for example, are among the powerful tools used by many people to produce quality audio.

HDRA is a data recovery service which specializes in helping both individuals and businesses access data that they may have lost somehow. Over the past 15 years, the company has worked on almost every data loss scenario imaginable, from major fires and damaging floods to damaged computers and hard drive malfunctions. The company has successfully found solutions to almost every data loss issue they have faced over the past decade and a half and is confident in the ability of their technicians to recover lost data in almost any situation.

The data recovery service regularly receives excellent reviews from clients. One Google review from a client named Leticia states, “I called Hard Drive Recovery Associates after my son accidentally nudged my laptop off the table, making it pretty much useless. Unfortunately, I had tons of baby pictures and other super important memories, and I wasn't willing to give them up! Louis was my data recovery engineer, and I am eternally grateful for his help during what was a pretty scary time. I'm not sure that laptop data recovery could be any easier than this! Would definitely recommend them!”

Another happy client, Reynaldo, says, “I really had no idea that SSD data recovery was even a thing, but I was lucky to have found Hard Drive Recovery Associates. Louis was very helpful, and walked me through the data recovery process quickly and easily. The whole thing was finished really quickly, and the price was just right. Thanks again!”

For more information on data recovery in Irvine as well as helpful tech articles, visit Hard Drive Recovery Associates’ website. Jack Edwards of Hard Drive Recovery Associates can also be reached for further details.


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Hard Drive Recovery Associates: Everything There Is To Know About Deepfakes

Irvine, California-based Hard Drive Recovery Associates is reaching out to the community to announce that a new blog post, titled ‘Rolling in the Deep(fake),’ is now available on their website. In this article, the experts dive into the topic of Deepfakes, a synthetic media in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else's likeness, has taken over the internet as the newest form of parody entertainment.

"With Deepfakes surfacing all throughout the internet, and more people wondering what this buzz is all about, we figured it was about time we touched upon one of the hottest topics of the moment," says Jack Edwards, a representative of Hard Drive Recovery Associates. He continues, "You have most likely already come across one of these videos already, whether it is Jon Snow apologizing for the underwhelming finale episode of Game of Thrones or Steven Buscemi attending the Golden Globes wearing what people remember as Tilda Swinton’s gown. These videos have been our exposure to Deepfake, the 21st century equivalent to photoshopped pictures. But if you are wondering what these videos are exactly, and how they are made, then our new article may be of significant interest to you."

In their most recent article, the Hard Drive Recovery Associates take on the challenge of explaining the ins and outs of Deepfakes in simple and clear terms for their readers, starting with how they are made. These videos are made possible through artificial intelligence that produces fake images of events that have never happened. It takes a lot of resources to produce a Deepfake, and any standard or desktop PC will not suffice for the job. A high-end desktop armed with professional-grade graphic cards and storage capacity is required since one Deepfake video alone may need at least 40,000 high definition pictures of the person that is to appear in the video. Fast computing power is also a necessity, otherwise the processing of a two minutes long video could end up taking over a month.

Edwards says, "Provided that you account for all of this, it is actually not difficult to make Deepfake videos, thanks to free apps and programs that allow even ordinary people to make them. Cost-free source codes and machine-learning algorithms are abundant online."

Once completed, the quality of these Deepfake videos can be enough to convince even the most skeptical of viewers, who can be fooled easily enough unless they are actively looking for the telling differences. When it comes to spotting a Deepfake, Hard Drive Recovery Associates states that older Deepfakes can be identified by a lack of blinking of the person appearing on the video. Today, this is no longer the case, as the technology has advanced and left these drawbacks in the past. When it comes to spotting a Deepfake, it all comes down to being vigilant and actively looking out for the small tells that give away these videos.

Edwards says, "With how good these videos have become over the past year, you may be concerned that they may have a significant impact in the world as a whole, as they are often made to embarrass, intimidate and destabilize individuals. This is not really the case, however, as even though it can be hard for an unexpecting individual to spot a Deepfake, many countries have their own intelligence agencies that employ state-of-the-art security imaging systems. In the big scheme of things, the truth will most certainly always surface."

Furthermore, the AI used to produce Deepfakes is also what can stop this surging trend. The AI has been proven to be effective in detecting Depfakes that feature celebrities because of millions of hours of available footage. Technology firms are now looking into how detection systems can spot Deepfakes, whether or not they feature a known personality. There is also talk of having an online ledger system on a blockchain that will house original copies of videos, audio and photos so that any file can be cross-checked for any manipulation.

The company's website offers more details on Hard Drive Recovery Associates and their services. Interested parties may also reach out to Jack Edwards to follow up on any inquiries via email or phone, though they can also get in touch with the company through the contact form on their site. They may also visit the company's social media pages to interact with them and stay up to date on their latest news.


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Got an Unsuccessful ATT Payment Text? Scam?

Various text and online scams have been on the rise again, even in this time when everybody is clearly in distress and challenged because of the pandemic. August and September saw an increase in ruses targeting customers of a particular telecom company AT&T. Because of the number of subscribers to the company's services, a lot of scammers have become attracted to get their share of this unsuspecting AT&T customers. The types of scams they have been pulling off have become varied, from emails to sim swaps, and currently, the wave of scams has been through SMS messages.

What is sad with these scams is that many people have fallen victim and considering that many have already lost jobs and means of livelihood, they also had to lose whatever savings or remaining money they have to these schemes. AT&T and various government agencies have already rolled out strategies to assist and curb these scams, so it is hoped that fewer customers become victims. After all, the last thing we need in these trying times is more people getting scammed. Also, information is key in avoiding getting duped by these scammers, so it is essential that people are constantly updated and not left in the dark to be preyed upon.

Knowing more about the scam

As mentioned earlier, scams involving the logo and brand of AT&T have been around for quite a while. They have come in various forms, from emails, phone calls from alleged customer service agents of the company, and even emails. For a time, the most popular method of scamming was phone calls coming from scammers who introduce themselves as AT&T employees, requesting customers to take a survey and in return, they end up getting personal and confidential information. Emails were also received by victims asking them to open links that are supposed to help them, but they end up surrendering information as well. Finally, the latest is a slew of text messages telling customers that they need to settle unpaid dues. No matter the form, scammers usually get sensitive information like passwords, credit card numbers, and social security numbers.

Consumers report getting phishing texts this summer telling them that their bill hasn't been paid yet for their internet or cell service. In some cases, the texts say their AT&T payment has been put on hold.


What to do if you've been victimized

The key to limit the damage of these scams if indeed you have become a victim is to act immediately. There is no time to waste when it comes to these scammers. At the first sign of you getting scammed by an AT&T scammer, you need to get in touch with your credit card companies and ask for a freeze with your account. Change your passwords and usernames immediately and if possible, do a two-factor authentication to increase the security of your online accounts.

If you do fall victim to this type of text message scam the BBB recommends taking the following steps: Contact your banking institutions to report fraud and cancel credit cards used for all transactions or connected to the mobile device


Avoid being a target

Alas, as an adage goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. You need to be careful so as not to be a constant target of these scams. Exercise skepticism by not giving out personal information freely to just about anyone who gets in touch with you, even if you are contacted via phone. Besides, if you are an AT&T subscriber, you have the customer service hotline of the company, so give them a call ASAP if you have received any text, email or calls from them.

Scammers are tricky. They'll send messages that appear to be from a legitimate company, such as your wireless carrier, bank or medical facility, and include a link asking you to verify your account information. The link then takes you to a site that may look real, but is actually fake. The object is to collect your username, password and other personal information for future use.


Another unfortunate event that you may be susceptible to is missing files that you need to be recovered. Are you Take advantage of our expertise to get you back your data. Read more here for our other services:

The following article Got an Unsuccessful ATT Payment Text? Scam? Read more on:


Thursday, December 3, 2020

Finding the Laptop for You

With September already arriving and with the pandemic still ongoing, an unlikely scenario has become reality: employees and students are stuck at home, working, and studying, respectively. That also means that work (and these days, study) from home essentials has become quite important. While in the "old normal," hipster students who aren't really comfortable with technology have the option to bring notebooks and pens to their classes, the current reality will simply not allow that anymore. Obviously, your notebooks and pens will not allow you to attend your virtual classes. Thus, the need for a laptop, which most work-from-home employees may have already invested on months ago.

Are the laptop needs of a virtual employee different from those of a student? Should home-based “netrepreneurs” be more demanding of the specs of the device they would use for their business venture? The quick answer to these questions is yes. The preferred functions of a laptop for a business owner, a student, and a home-based employee may be different, so it is essential to make sure that the specs and purposes of having a laptop are clear to the person buying it, mainly depending on how he or she will use it.

What students should look for

With the pandemic raging on, students would obviously require a laptop that will allow them to attend classes in virtual classrooms. In terms of programs will be a huge factor in a number of specs that students will be looking into, which would mostly depend on the student’s major. Elementary, middle school, and high school students may already be good with a laptop that lets word processing and virtual meeting programs run smoothly, but this may not be the case for engineering students who may be required to have huge files of engineering software installed in their devices. Thus, processing speed, RAM, and available space may be important considerations for students.

You won’t need much resources to attend your virtual class or watch video lectures but you must pick a machine depending on the courses you are involved into. For instance, resource intensive courses such as machine learning, data science, 3D modeling, or mechanical engineering, video editing, game development, etc, require a powerful laptop with a high-end CPU, GPU, and RAM combination.


What virtual workers should look for

Dear virtual worker, if you haven’t yet invested on a great laptop for your work-from-home setup, it may be either one of two things: Your company has provided you with a laptop or you’re just one lazy slob who’s still depending on that five-year-old laptop of yours to still serve you despite looking like it had seen better days. Beware though, as these laptops have been working overtime these days because of the current pandemic WFH setup, they might be prone to faster wear and tear and alas, that perennial problem of overheating batteries. Thus, you need to be sure that you have a back-up device, lest you want to make yourself susceptible to downtime and be forced to use your vacation days because you don’t have a computer to work from.

If you're one of the millions of people trying to figure out how to work from home, you already know that having the right technology is a big part getting your job done. For most of us, that means figuring out which computer will give us the most bang for our buck.


What biz people should look for

Alas, people engaging in business these days have specific needs as well. Connectivity is most important since you will need to be in touch with possible customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or run the risk of losing them. Also, some laptops aren’t made for such long hours, so if you are an entrepreneur, you need to look for a laptop that doesn’t heat up immediately as well.

You don’t have to run a business to benefit from a business laptop. They’re easier to repair and upgrade than other laptops, and they’re built with sturdy materials that will hold up well to traveling and frequent use.


But no matter where you are in life right now, one depressing thing is having a laptop with a faulty hard drive. But don't fret, read this: We have experts that can do the fixing for you, so contact us ASAP!

Finding the Laptop for You is republished from