Data Storage Institute Collaborates with CBL Data Recovery Technologies on Data Storage Media R&D

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Partnership Aimed at Developing the State-of-the-Art Data Recovery Tool.

The Data Storage Institute (DSI), ranked among the top five data storage research and development centers worldwide, and CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc. (, a leading international provider of computer data recovery services, have signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on R&D projects leading to solutions for issues affecting new data storage media.

Both parties will first work towards establishing a project to develop the world’s first drive-independent hardware tool that will enable CBL to recover close to 100 per cent of lost customer data in scenarios where a magnetic signal is present and the data is still resident on the damaged drive.

“Data recovery is a critical part of business continuity,” says Prof Chong Tow Chong, Executive Director of DSI. “This partnership with CBL provides an excellent opportunity to apply our extensive expertise to solve problems that afflict data storage media in everyday use.”

Currently there is limited capability in the industry to fully recover data from drives even where a strong magnetic signal is present and the data is still resident on the drive. This tool will put CBL in complete control of the media, independent of manufacturer-specific technology and without the need for replacement parts.

The results from this joint collaboration will be invaluable to all industries, especially companies and government organizations involved in forensic activities because it will increase the success rate of data recovery projects from the current industry standard of about 85 per cent to almost 100 per cent.

Both CBL and DSI will call upon each other’s expertise and experiences in dealing with data storage and recovery technologies to build the state-of-art date recovery tool. It will be able to uncover the damaged portions of the drive without the need for vendor-unique commands.

“We are very excited to have an opportunity to partner with a world class research organization. This MoU demonstrates both parties’ confidence in each other’s expertise as an established, global provider of data storage and recovery technologies,” says CBL Singapore’s Managing Director, Samuel David. “The tool will combine the essence of DSI’s engineering design expertise with the data recovery capabilities of our global network. The output will be a cutting edge tool that recovers data from surfaces deemed of no value in the current scenario.”

CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc.

Founded in 1993, CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc. ( is the leading international provider of digital data recovery services. Through its worldwide network of secure facilities, CBL provides this critical service to all sizes of businesses, institutions and government agencies as well as to individual clients who have experienced data loss under any circumstances. CBL employs experts from varying disciplines coupled with proprietary techniques to retrieve data quickly and effectively from a wide array of affected media for customers ranging from large enterprises to home users. The company’s data recovery laboratories are located in 10 countries on five continents, including Brisbane, Australia; San Diego, California and Armonk, NY, USA; Toronto, Canada; Newcastle, United Kingdom; Kaiserslautern, Germany; Beijing, China; Barbados, West Indies; Curitiba, Brazil; Tokyo, Japan; and Singapore.

About Data Storage Institute (DSI)

The Data Storage Institute (DSI) is a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Established in 1992 as the Magnetics Technology Centre (MTC), it was renamed Data Storage Institute in 1996. The research institute’s vision is to be a vital node in a global community of knowledge generation and innovation, nurturing research talents and capabilities for world-class R&D in next generation storage technologies. DSI is a member of the non-profit Information Storage Industry Consortium (INSIC) of USA. For more information, please visit

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