Secure Data Recovery Successfully Restores Data from Failed Nuclear Power Plant Workstation

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An onsite data recovery engineer was dispatched to a nuclear power plant to recover lost data from a Sun Microsystems SPARCstation 5 computer.

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It’s just these types of data loss situations in high-security environments that our onsite data recovery team specializes in.

A certified data recovery engineer from Secure Data Recovery Services successfully restored access to lost data for a critical workstation that suddenly went offline at an Arkansas-based nuclear power plant that serves 728,000 customers in 63 counties and employs over 3,500 people.

A security officer at the Nuclear One Generating Station in Russellville, Arkansas, contacted Secure Data Recovery Services when a Sun Microsystems SPARCstation 5 Aurora workstation that stored historical data vital for the plant’s operation went offline.

One of the single-processor workstation’s two IBM drives had failed in 2015 and was removed. The second failed and took the workstation offline earlier this year when an attempted reboot sent the system into an endless boot cycle.

Secure Data Recovery Services dispatched one of its specialists to the Russellville plant with a certified clean bench, which serves as a particle-free mobile cleanroom, to evaluate the failed SPARCstation onsite.

The onsite specialist conducted a visual inspection for any sign of abnormalities, tested PCB and power functions, and analyzed the appropriate S.M.A.R.T attributes. Using specialized software and hardware utilities, the specialist was able to meet all the objectives necessary to access and extract the lost data from Entergy’s legacy computer system.

The full contents of the workstation’s failed drive—about 1 GB of data—was safely recovered and stored on a transfer drive supplied by the nuclear plant.

“We routinely help with recovery of especially sensitive data and tailor our solution to the client’s needs to get them back up and running as soon as possible. Our seasoned engineering team offers the same great success rate and complete security when working at our secure data recovery labs, remotely or onsite,” said Dmitriy Zardynov, Director of Sales and Operations at Secure Data Recovery Services.

“It’s just these types of data loss situations in high-security environments that our onsite data recovery team specializes in.”

Secure Data Recovery Services has been an industry leader in data recovery for more than 15 years. Our technicians have helped everyone from local and federal government agencies, corporations, small businesses, and individuals recover from even the most complex data loss situations.

Technicians at Secure Data Recovery Services are the best-credentialed in the industry. They maintain an unmatched 96% success rate, and they guarantee results with a “No Data, No Recovery Fee” pledge.

About Secure Data Recovery Services:

Secure Data Recovery Services provides professional data recovery and digital forensic services to customers worldwide on a wide range of storage media, including laptop and desktop computers, HDD, SSD, RAID arrays, mobile devices, and all other data storage types. Our secure labs in the United States and Canada are audited to meet SSAE 18 SOC 1, 2 & 3 standards and operate out of certified Class 10 ISO 4 cleanrooms. Secure Data Recovery Services has a proven track record of success with a documented recovery rate of 96% to give data the best chance for recovery. Our data recovery services are approved by all leading storage manufacturers and offer free professional diagnostics and a “no data, no recovery fee” policy.

Please visit https://www.securedatarecovery.com for more information.

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