Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Coronavirus Has Taken Its Toll on the Tech Industry

The coronavirus has been greatly affecting all areas of global society, the tech sector included. Some of the world’s biggest companies have closed stores, offices, and factories in China, with their employees being restricted from nonessential travel. The closure of stores throughout the country coincided with the Lunar New Year, a time when businesses close shop for everyone to observe the holidays. But then, the closures were extended until February 10. However, there are some provinces in the country that have advised companies to further delay their openings until March 1.

Many short and long-term effects are expected, from events being postponed to product launches not happening as scheduled. Looking deer into what’s happening, here are some of the ways that the coronavirus has been crippling global tech:

Employee travel restricted

Not just has the coronavirus stopped employees of the tech industry to cancel travel itineraries to China, Hongkong, and Macao, but travel plans to other parts of the world have also slowed down. LG, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon are just some of the companies that have stopped employees from traveling to China and telling those who are based in China to work from home instead.

The virus has already killed more than 630 people, infected 31,000, and spread to at least 25 countries, prompting many countries to warn against travel to China. But after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency, companies are becoming cautious of any unnecessary travel.



Factories closed

The manufacturing of goods in China has come to a halt following the lockdown of the Hubei province, which has Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus. The province and surrounding areas also happen to be hubs of technology manufacturing, and with factories in the area expected to be closed until the next weeks of February to early March, global supply chains will feel the squeeze.

Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic, is home to many electronic suppliers. Provinces like Zhejiang, Guangdong and Henan are very important for technology manufacturing and are also the most affected by the virus.



Production paused

With factories in China crippled, a lot of tech accessories, particularly smartphones, headsets, and cars, among others are expected to be delayed in production. Of course, Chinese brands such as Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi will bear the biggest brunt.

For smartphone companies in China, the suspension of factory operations could lead to a snag in manufacturing processes and even supply shortages, according to analysts. This is especially so for companies who rely on factories and components in the province of Hubei – ground zero of the outbreak – where many cities are currently under lockdown.



Participation in events decreased

Perhaps the biggest event that has seen its attendance dwindle because of the coronavirus is the highly anticipated Mobile World Congress (MWC). Several big names, including LG, Sony, and Amazon have withdrawn their participation in the annual event. But then, beyond a lackluster MWC 2020, the lower production output of Chinese factories has many speculators seeing worse implications of the global health crisis, particularly with what was predicted as the explosion of 5G devices in the 2020 summit.

There are likely to be three times more 5G devices introduced in 2020 than in 2019. In addition, the first 5G-only wireless networks (referred to as 5G stand alone or 5GSA) will rollout, as opposed to 5G non-standalone (5GNS) which leverages the existing 4G/LTE networks. However, the coronavirus may make MWC the event that “should have been great” and the virus has greater implications for the rest of the high-tech industry.


Update: This year's MWC has been canceled altogether.

Organizers on Wednesday officially canceled Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest cell phone show. After weeks of major companies pulling out of the Barcelona trade show due to fears about the coronavirus (COVID-19. as the World Health Organization, aka WHO, is now calling it), GSMA, the organization in charge of the show, has decided to cancel.


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Data Recovery Services Firm Discusses Drive-Less Computers

Hard Drive Recovery Associates (HDRA), a data recovery services company based in Irvine, California recently released an article that discusses a lesser known technology in computers today: hard drive-less computers.

In the post, “Hard Drive-less Computer”, Hard Drive Recovery Associates discusses how a computer can be used without the presence of a hard drive.

Speaking on behalf of HDRA, Jack Edwards says, “Most people are used to having hard drives as part of the package. It is the norm, and will remain to be for the foreseeable future, but computer technology also allows for modern computers to be able to boot using external hard drives, flash memory cards, or even removable flash drives.”

Typically, the average computer user will opt for the more common way of booting their computer which is by means of a hard drive, but computers can actually function without a hard drive. One way of booting a computer without the aid of a hard drive is network booting. This allows a network of computers of differing types to be booted and controlled simultaneously through a single server.

“It’s increasingly common for companies to make use of network booting in their computer networks so they can have increased control,” said Edwards. “Doing this not only makes things more convenient but is also cost-effective since hard drive failure is now out of the equation. This also allows for the usage of inexpensive, easily replaceable hardware.”

Peripheral devices can also be utilized when booting a computer, such is the case with many available routers. Some of these routers use flash memory cards as either their boot medium or to simply extend their storage capacity.

“Given that there are a multitude of options available out there to continue business-as-usual without the aid of a hard drive, the possible loss of data is still a major issue, caused by malware, viruses, or hard drive failure,” stated Edwards. "Data management should be top priority in your business, and, as such, data loss should be approached with zero-tolerance. Whole businesses and organizations have either completely collapsed or have had to restart from scratch because of poor data management. This is the exact reason why we offer our data recovery services.”

Plenty of individuals as well as companies also testify to the quality that Hard Drive Recovery Associates provides through its data recovery services. “I dread the idea of having to start from complete scratch. My business would have been in shambles if you guys hadn’t recovered it all,” one testimonial states.

HDRA encourages anyone with a problem with their business or personal hard drive to contact them directly even if others have already told them that their data is unrecoverable. HDRA specializes in hard drive data recovery for RAID, Mac and PC hard disks as well as SSD drives, and can recover data from damaged or clicking hard drives.

Almost 95% of HDRA’s customers have been able to have 100% of their data retrieved completely, so HDRA is able to offer that guarantee with confidence. They also have a toll-free support line which is online 24/7 where they provide recovery diagnosis for absolutely free. They have a fully equipped lab which is located directly off of the I5, making it simpler for consumers to get help quickly. Their facilities ensures that businesses all throughout Santa Ana and its surrounding areas can rely freely on HDRA’s quick-response, free server pickup on RAID recovery and repair jobs.

Hard Drive Recovery Associates has a full set of blog articles on the company's Blogspot website for those who feel the need to find out more about hard disc issues. Interested parties can connect with HDRA through their preferred social media platforms as well.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Data Recovery Services Provider Publishes Details On Computer Types

Irvine, California based Hard Drive Recovery Associates (HDRA) recently released an article that explores the various types of computers available on the market. This informative article helps those who use computers at work, at home, school and on the go understand computers which may be unfamiliar to them.

Jack Edwards, speaking on behalf of HDRA, says, “Today, most people grow up using devices to connect to the internet at home, and anyone heading off to university will want to have access to one to help complete their coursework. We have found a growing number of people in business have wanted to find out more about the computing power they have at their disposal. Having helped thousands of companies and individuals across the US and around the globe recover their hard drives, we are always happy to help them understand how to help safeguard their assets and investments in the computers they use.”

The article shares details on supercomputers, mid-range computers and personal computers that can help dispel any mystery and help those who need to choose the one most appropriate to their needs. Supercomputers are used to drive the most advanced information-based research forward, particularly those that require huge amounts of data for calculations. At the other end of the spectrum, Personal computers fulfil the needs for autonomous work by private individuals, and they are often used in office applications as well as gaming and education (and internet access). Mid-range computers, also known as servers, are used to run back-end applications such as enterprise email and other database systems to provide business-wide services such as antivirus storage and central information storage.

In another recent release, HDRA discussed the challenges of using a computer. In the article, Edwards states, “Indeed, there are many challenges that computers can bring to people’s lives. Some experts and parents are worried that computing devices have the capability to distract people, especially young kids, with the result that their growth development is no longer allowed to follow its normal route. On the other hand, there are some experts who believe being exposed to computers at a young age has its advantages. Nevertheless, there is one issue in which people may agree, and that is the possible loss of data due to a hard drive failure, malware or viruses. Losing such valuable data can never be tolerated, which is why we provide data recovery services.”

There are a large number of testimonials shared online by individuals as well as other companies that underline the essential service HDRA provides. One such testimonial states, "I truly thought my laptop and everything on it was finished. Thank you for retrieving it all. You guys are true professionals."

HDRA invites anyone who has a problem with their business or personal hard drive to call them directly, even if they have already been told by others that their data cannot be recovered. They specialize in hard drive data recovery for RAID, Mac and PC hard disks as well as SSD drives. They can recover data from damaged and/or clicking hard drives.

Even in difficult situations, they have proved invaluable. Amerisys, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, states, "After the flood, you really gave us peace of mind. We never thought that our servers would get back online, but you guys delivered big time!"

Edwards comments, “A hard drive failure can cause many people to panic. It is a difficult circumstance for any business or individual. Whether it involves treasured family photos, accounting data or medical information, losing anything critical to our lives can have severe consequences. Even if another data recovery service has told you that your hard drive is beyond recovery, give us a call. Over the past 20 years, we have developed the expertise which allows us to offer the quickest, most affordable hard disk recovery solutions in the industry. Our simple guarantee is that, if there is no data recovered, there is no charge.”

HDRA is able to offer that guarantee with confidence, given that more than 95% of their customers are able to get 100% of the data retrieved. They do not even charge for a recovery diagnosis through their 24 hour toll-free support line. Their expertise allows businesses throughout Santa Ana and the surrounding areas to rely on their immediate, free server pickup on RAID recovery and repair jobs. For consumers, their fully-equipped lab is located directly off of the I5, making it easy to get to help quickly.

Those who want to find out more about hard disc issues can find HDRA’s full set of blog articles on the company's Wordpress site. Interested parties may connect with Hard Drive Recovery Associates through their preferred social media platforms as well.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Mac Data Recovery Services Provider Discusses the Challenges of Using a Computer

Hard Drive Recovery Associates, a Mac data recovery services firm based in Irvine, California, has announced that they have recently published a blog post that discusses the challenges of using a computer. The recent release blog post is titled, “The Challenges of Using a Computer,” and examines the unique challenges presented by these devices, which have become indispensable parts of people’s lives. These include being so efficient, they may replace people, the possibility of being programmed beyond the user’s control, ability to keep people glued to their screens, privacy issues, and possible addiction.

Jack Edwards, a representative for Hard Drive Recovery Associates, says, “Indeed, there are many challenges that computers can bring to people’s lives. Some experts and parents are worried that computing devices have the capability to distract people, especially young kids, with the result that their growth development is no longer allowed to follow its normal route. On the other hand, there are some experts who believe being exposed to computers at a young age has its advantages. Nevertheless, there is one issue in which people may agree, and that is the possible loss of data due to a hard drive failure, malware, or viruses. Losing such valuable data can never be tolerated, which is why we provide data recovery services.”

Hard Drive Recovery Associates provides data recovery services for failed computer hard drives, flash drives, CD/DVD, external hard drives, iPhone, laptops, iPod, SSD drives, including RAID 5, 6 and 10 arrays, and more. They offer such services for Macs, Windows computers, Macbooks, iPhones, smartphones, and more.

The company has been providing its data recovery services to customers in different parts of the US but they have a specialized clean room in Irvine, Santa Ana, and the nearby Orange County areas that they use solely for data recovery. For business enterprises, the presence of this special clean room means the company offers fast, free server pickup for RAID repair and recovery projects. For the regular customers, this means a fully equipped clean lab room that is accessible off the I-5.

Meanwhile, the recovery of Mac hard drives has always been a major component of the services provided by Hard Drive Recovery Associates, even before the iPhone was on the drawing board. Furthermore, as Apple Computer continues to create new and innovative products, the company also strives to enhance its data recovery methods so that it will remain capable of recovering data for other computing devices iPhones, iPads, Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, and more.

Naturally, a special focus for the company is the recovery of data from laptop hard drives because of the increased popularity of laptops, and not just Macbooks. The portability and affordability of the Windows laptops have made these very popular among various people. The laptop hard drives are quite reliable but there comes a time when the hard drive fails and the user is wondering whether he or she would be able to use those important family photos again or those vital documents for a particular project. Fortunately, Hard Drive Recovery Associates offers fast 24-hour laptop pickup and delivery service to help people get back those essential files and get back to the usual routine of their lives.

For business enterprises, they are dependent on their servers. These often make use of reliable server hard drives, whether it is ia Microsoft Exchange Server database or a RAID 10 server. While by design, these drives have duplicates to minimize the possibility of loss of data, it may still happen that the RAID arrays get damaged. The company has specialized in RAID data recovery for more than 20 years. Thus, even if there was a multiple drive failure with the RAID array, Hard Drive Recovery Associates would be capable of providing the needed data recovery services.

People who are interested in data recovery services for Apple computers, Windows computers, iPhones and various mobile devices, can visit the company site. Or they can contact them through the phone or via email. They are open 24 hours a day, Monday to Sunday.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Mac And PC Data Recovery Specialist Discusses The Difference Between HDDs VS SSDs

Irvine, California-based Hard Drive Recovery Associates (HDRA), has produced a blog post outlining the differences between Hard Drive Disks (HDDs), and Solid State Drives (SSDs). The local company specializes in data recovery services for Windows and Mac OS, though they continue their endeavors to help their clients in more than one way by sharing advice and tips on different topics.

Their recent releases includes a blog post discussing one of the most common questions that the specialists receive from their clients whenever they are weighing up the option of upgrading the computer, replacing a broken part, or buying a new one altogether. This matter has further emphasized over the past few years as SSDs became more affordable, and rose in popularity as a result, leaving people wondering whether they should choose this more expensive, new option, compared to their well-known and trusty HDDs.

To start up their article, the Hard Drive Recovery Associates outline the similarities that HDDs and SSDs possess, stating that both of them fulfill the same purpose of storing data in either internal or portable form. The most popular and well-known option among these two is HDDs as the quality of these and its technology has been tried and tested for over five decades, whilst SSD technology is still relatively new. This is one of the reasons why HDDs have both larger storage, and a lower price tag. HDDs have stood the test of time while remaining a trusted and reliable technology.

The specialists state that Hard Drive Disks seem better than Solid State Disks overall, offering more storage at a lower price, with technology thoroughly tested over time. The only problem is that HDDs have a crucial flaw in their design, which puts the SSDs at a great advantage, and is the main cause of its popularity. HDDs use physical power, having moving parts that can stop working after a while, or when subject to mishandling. Since these moving parts are used to read and write data, this means that retrieving data also takes more time as the mechanical parts deteriorate.

In contrast, SSDs, which can also be used for Mac computers and Windows-based systems, offer a wide array of benefits when compared to HHDs. They utilize electronic processes and flash memory, delivering superior performance and durability that does not deteriorate over time or by being mishandled. Not having small, magnetic moving parts inside it also reduces the chances of errors that may cause data loss, putting SSDs as a more reliable alternative for data storage. Overall SSDs are more durable, faster, run cooler and use less energy.

In its portable form, these benefits make SSDs a better option for storing games and movies, as they are lighter and more resistant to constant movement. This contributes to the fact that SSDs are known as larger USB drives, as they utilize the same base technology and have portable benefits that are unmatched by other storage options. Unfortunately, this new technology also hands SSDs its main disadvantage, as they are significantly more expensive than HDDs for vastly lower storage.

The Hard Drive Recovery Associates conclude that SSDs are a more reliable option when compared to HDDs, and are the best portable storage option. This makes SSDs the best fit to store important data, whilst HDDs are better suited for bulk storage of disposable information. Despite this, the best way to prevent the loss of crucial data is to backup all important information in a cloud storage platform or an external location, as neither of these options are immune to data losses caused by catastrophic failure.

The only way to recover data in these situations is by hiring a data recovery service, such as the one Hard Drive Recovery Associates offer. They provide a reliable data recovery option for residents all across the U.S, and are one of the best-rated services in California.

The company's website includes more information on the recovery experts and their services, as well as contact information where interested parties can request a recovery quote. They may also connect with them through HDRA's Facebook page.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

How To Reset Your PC Password

Forgetting your password can be so frustrating. But it happens. Sometimes even more than we’d like. Fortunately, all hope’s not lost. There are a few methods you can do to reset your password and gain back access.


There are several ways to go about resetting your password in order to regain access to your account. But the methods will depend on whether the account you’re trying to gain back access is a local account or a Microsoft account. But whichever it is, as mentioned, there are many ways. So rest assured, you will get your account back.


Using a Microsoft account to sign in

If you cannot sign in using a Microsoft account to log in to your computer, go to Microsoft’s account recovery page and enter relevant data, or what the website is asking from you. Enter the security code from the choices given and enter it in the verification.

If you use a Microsoft account to log in to Windows 10 and find yourself locked out, head to Microsoft's acount recovery website and enter your email address, phone number or Skype name, then click 'Next'.

Choose how Microsoft will send you a security code, then enter the missing info and click 'Get code'.

Once you’ve received the security code, you’ll need to enter it in the “Verify your identity” box. You’ll now need to enter a new password; re-enter it to confirm, then click 'Next' to finalise the process.



Using a local PC account to sign in

If you are using a local account and not a Microsoft account, then you can do this instead:

If you’re using Windows 10 version 1803 or later, select the 'Reset password' link under your username on the login screen.

You’ll need to answer your security question, then enter a new password. This will then be saved as your new password from now on.

Alternatively, if you’re signed in you can press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, then click 'Change a password'. Enter the name of the account whose password you want to change, then enter a new password below.



Using a PIN to log in

A PIN is different from a password. If you used it to log in but forgot what it was, then this is how you do it:

If you’re already signed in to your account and want to change your PIN, that’s simple enough. First of all, make sure you’re connected to the internet. Now, click Start, then the Settings cog and go to 'Accounts > Sign-in' options.

Click 'I forgot my PIN', then enter your account password and click 'OK'. You can then enter a new PIN, which can be simply numbers or include letters and symbols. When you’ve chosen one, enter it again to confirm, then click 'OK'.



Another method for the local account is by using the command prompt. But be reminded that it’s not the simplest way. Here is how you do it:

Click Start and, in the Windows 10 search bar, type “cmd”. Right-click the first entry, then click 'Run as administrator'.

Type the following phrase, replacing “account” with your account name and “password” with the new password you want to use:

net user account password

When you’re done, press 'Enter' and close Command Prompt.



This next method will only work if you have another account in your computer that is set up as administrator.

Restart your PC and sign in to the other administrator account, then in the Windows 10 search bar, type "Computer Management" and click the top result.

In the left-hand column, navigate to 'Local Users & Groups > Users', right-click the account you’ve been locked out of, then click 'Set Password' and enter a new password.

Note that Microsoft locks some files and information if a user’s password is reset this way. This method will also only work if the account signs in locally rather than using an online Microsoft account.



Whole computer reset.

This would only apply, though, if your version of Windows 10 is before 1803.

Things are a bit more drastic if you need to reset your password, as local accounts in early versions of Windows 10 didn’t have security questions allowing you to change a password.

If you’ve forgotten your local account password, you’ll have to completely reset your PC. That means losing all your data, programs and settings.

On the login screen, hold 'Shift' as you press and click 'Power > Restart'. When your PC restarts you’ll see a “Choose an option” screen. Click 'Troubleshoot > Reset this PC', then click 'Remove everything'.



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Sunday, December 8, 2019

How Do You Partition A Hard Drive?

Drive C and D are part of the hard disk drive (HDD) or more commonly known as hard drive. If you find drives C and D in your PC, then it means it already has one partition. But can you make more partitions? Yes, you can. Computer users do this if they want to separate data and programs, or if they want to have another operating system on their computer.

Drive C is the main partition that contains the operating system, system files, applications, programs, and data related to them. Drive D, on the other hand, is used only for back up storage. Why C and D though? What happened to A and B?


But first things first. Keep in mind that HDDs along with SSDs (Solid State Drive), DVDs (Digital Versatile Disc), CD-ROMs (Compact Disc-Read Only Memory) are physical storage devices. And they have two volumes. Now that we got that out of the way, what did happen to A and B?


A and B were letters assigned for floppy drives and the older tape drives back then. And since such things no longer exist (well, technically, they still do but they are no longer in use), the letter assignment was awarded to the next line: C and D. Succeeding letters will be for other storage drives both internal and external.


But again, before we proceed with the partition, you might want to take extra precaution when it comes to your data and files.


The first thing you want to do is have backup. Back up as many files as you can: photos, music, videos, documents, and other important files.

Make a full image backup of the entire drive if you don’t already have one. Disasters happen.



Ensure that there is enough space.

Make sure you have enough free room on the existing partition to create the new one.

You might also want to empty the recycle bin.

If you still don’t have enough room, you can move files to an external drive. Once the partitioning is done, you can move them back to a new partition.



Next, open or run the partition tool.

Open Windows partitioning tool. Windows comes with a reasonably useful partitioning tool. It will probably serve your needs, and if it doesn’t, you’ll know soon enough. To open it, type partition into the search bar, then click on Create and format hard disk partitions. (In Windows 8, type partitions—yes, you need the s).



Shrink the current partition.

Right-click the partition and select Shrink Volume.

Then wait. It may take a while Eventually, a dialog box will ask how much you want the partition shrunk. The default number will be the maximum available.

And therein lies Disk Management’s problem. If the current partition has 228GB free, you should be able to shrink it by anything less than 228GB. But Disk Management may not let you shrink it anywhere near that much. If the program won’t allow you to shrink the partition as much as you want, skip to the last paragraph.

Let’s assume that Disk Management allows you to shrink the partition sufficiently. In that case, set the right size, click the Shrink button, and follow the prompts.



Make a new partition.

When the resizing is done, right-click the physical drive’s unallocated space and select Simple New Volume.

Then follow the wizard.



If disk management won’t let you go as far as you would want your partition to be, you can always use the help of a third-party app.

If Disk Management can’t shrink the partition as far as you want it to, it’s time to go with a third-party program.



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