Freshfields Boosts U.S. Litigation Practice with Addition Of Former S&C Partner Lacovara

, The Am Law Daily


Michael Lacovara, who cofounded Sullivan & Cromwell's Palo Alto office in 2000 and represented Microsoft in the federal government's landmark antitrust case against the software giant, is set to join the Magic Circle firm Monday, The Am Law Daily has learned.

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  • Precautions to take when dealing with a corrupted hard drive

    A computer forensics expert has to take special care of the evidence because it is of extreme importance to them and their concerned department. Probable difficulties and restrictions to access the data are dealt with special care in order to prevent any data loss at some later stage.

    Not long ago a friend of mine who used to work in forensics department got his hard drive damaged. The damage was not of critical nature so he decided to fix the hard drive on his own. He attached another hard disk to his computer and installed some programs to fix the hard drive sectors which were preventing the windows to start properly. One after another, he tried several professional and premium softwares to recover the data from his damaged hard drive but couldn’t recover it and lost it forever. The data was actually the evidence of a crime scene and he lost it due to his negligence and lack of knowledge. As a result, he got his job in danger after losing important evidence of extreme importance.

    In this article you will know about the rules that must be followed when you are dealing with a corrupted hard drive.

    • First and the most important rule is that you must not write new data to the damaged hard drive. Writing new data to the hard drive makes it almost impossible to recover data from it. Creating new partitions and operating the system files might make the problem worse. Manipulating with the bad sectors is not a good option at all and you should leave this work to a person who is specialized in it.

    • A lot of forensics consider shaking the hard disk a good option because they think of it as a hit and trial method. In other words, they will fix the hard drive IF they are lucky enough. As a matter of fact, shaking the hard drive damages it and does not help in fixing it at all. Avoid shaking and slapping your hard drive if it is corrupted. Shaking could damage the hard drive physically such as disk head and the platen inside the drive could also be affected.

    • Don’t try to operate the firmware module. A lot of users try to upgrade the firmware to fix the corrupted hard drive but this has nothing to do with it. Firmware is the preinstalled coded set of instructions that help the hard drive to run properly. Manipulating it may cause further damage and you might not be able to perform data recovery on it ever again. Firmware is updated online and you cannot trust the companies that provide third party firmware updates.

    • Defects table in the hard drive comprises of two components; p list and g list. Never attempt to operate these lists as they contain records of all the bad sectors that provide default functions to provide data error prevention.

    • The patient disk must not be opened and the head of the disk should not be replaced without using clean bench. A lot of date could be lost if the patient disk is not handled with great care and with professional knowledge.

    • While using data recovery equipment, do NOT forget to attach the patient disk to the right port as the equipment always has both write only and read only ports. Connecting on the wrong port may cause the hard drive to never function again.

    • Do not keep the data on the repaired hard drive as there is no security that the repaired hard drive will function properly. Make backup of the recovered data on a secure and fresh hard disk. You can also make backup on any online server by paying reasonable amount of money to them and or you may make backup on DVDs.

    These are some rules that you must follow while dealing with a damaged hard drive. This article is just a review of forensics data recovery tools provided by SalvationData. You can visit our website to download the software and enjoy the useful features.

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