Data Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy caused an estimated $20 billion in damages to New York alone, leaving many with the added frustration of lost data and the task of getting that data back. The steps taken after a disaster, especially with flooded hard drives can be of paramount importance to successfully recovering important data according to data recovery specialists DTI Data.

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A large percentage of flood and storm damaged hard drive data can be recovered if proper steps are taken during and prior to recovery.

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Many states, major cities and small towns have been affected by Sandy to varying degrees. After the winds stop and the waters subside and day light shines again businesses and home users will not only be picking up pieces of debris, many will have suffered the loss of their digital lives and in need of data recovery of damaged hard drives.

While they may not be able to help with other perhaps more immediate and tragic affairs, no company has more experience dealing with the recovery of storm or flood damaged hard drives than DTI Data Recovery.

After hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and ravaged New Orleans the company featured on the New Orleans local CBS affiliate was DTI. In the wake of Katrina, Jerry Seregni host of Digital Gumbo was asked by his viewers where they could send their home computer hard drives or business servers to begin the restoration of their digital lives and livelihood.

Jerry Seregni had worked with DTI previously and quickly reached out to DTI Data to address this question for his viewers. Jerry interviewed DTI Data owner David Mohyla and posted a "Question and Answer" interview to address these questions. Jerry later won a local award for this interview.

The interview discussed what most likely happened to drives that have been sitting in flood water and how to package those drives for shipment. The saying the “Devil is in the details” may be an understatement when it comes to triage and packaging of water damaged electronic storage devices, such as a hard drive. This information helped many residents and businesses save data that may have been otherwise unrecoverable. Warnings to not apply power to flood damaged hard disks and packing them in a way that kept corrosives from bonding to platter surfaces were paramount in sustaining DTI Data's high recovery rates.

Furthermore, DTI’s corporate headquarters is located in the Tampa Bay area of Florida where local clients have also suffered from Hurricane and Tropical Storm damage. Every hurricane season DTI sees an abundance of flood, electrical and otherwise storm damaged hard drives. Their location also makes DTI the closest hard drive manufacturer authorized data recovery clean room to the Caribbean.

DTI's corporate office is ready to assist clients of all types with the recovery of their digital storage. DTI Data's office in New York City (NYC) will be receiving hard drives as well. New Jersey residents and businesses can choose the New York hard drive recovery location or they can send media to the corporate location. DTI's Tampa/St Petersburg location is capable of handling a large amount of storm affected drives while maintaining the same or faster turnaround times as the New York City location.

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