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Data Recovery and Transfer

Data backup and restore/transfer is included as standard as part of our service and repair options, subject to volume and condition of media. Recovery charges are otherwise assessed at point of contact, fees subject to condition of media. A data recovery charge with works is estimated at £2.00 – £15.00. Disaster recovery costs otherwise start from £15.00 (Engineers' fee) plus £2.00 per hour data transfer, e.g. 4.5 hours £23.00. Complexities perhaps relating to security on unbootable discs, and excessive volumes of data may warrant a slightly higher fee. Due to complexity and/or time constraint we may instead recommend a third-party.

Computer Repair

Hard-drive Capacity / Storage / Volume

Technically only 15% of free space is needed to maintain a hard-drive supporting Windows XP for example – however a system can only work effectively and support volumes of data subject to its resource (essentially the combined processor, memory and hard-disk free space). Systems consequently, particularly aging computers may only perform well with a maximum of 20% – 30% usage, let alone 15% free space.

Expert advice that recommends you leave at least 10% of your drive empty should be taken with a pinch of salt… data files will ideally be diverted to a data partition, D:/ drive and preferably no personal data stored to the system, C:/ drive. An estimated maximum capacity table for hard-drive files is included here – perhaps bear in mind, however, that guidelines are for external back-up disks or partitions, not essentially for system drives.

160Gb 40,000 45,500 80 Hours
250Gb 62,500 72,500 120 Hours
320Gb 80,000 91,000 160 Hours
500Gb 125,000 145,000 240 Hours
1000Gb 250,000 290,000 480 Hours

Dedicated partitions may also be appropriate for devoted software installations such as PhotoShop. Any remaining hard-drive capacity can then be partitioned and labelled (compartmented) to house data files diverted away from the system, C:/ drive.

Data diverted to or stored on the 'Local Data' partition, D:/ drive, should be monitored for high levels and conceivably, routinely moved (archived) off to an external USB hard-drive. Files of value, e.g. a CV, will, or baby pictures perhaps, might be periodically copied off (backed-up).

A recommended approximate partition for the system drive is included below, taking into consideration, updates, service packs and third-party software installations.

XP 80-120Gb 8-18Gb 512Mb-1.5Gb
VISTA 100-140Gb 20-40Gb 2-4Gb
W'7 120-160Gb 20-40Gb 4-6Gb
W'8 / 8.1 140-240Gb 24-44Gb 4-8Gb
W'10 140-240Gb 24-44Gb 4-8Gb

Data Analysis and Extraction | Data Cleansing

Simply proof-reading a completed article or project will perhaps reveal inconsistencies, arrangement, punctuation and so on; almost certainly impacting on the aims and objectives of the writer or company. Data review is fundamental to promoting enterprise, will undoubtedly much improve overall profile and the all important impact when one reads marketing material or arrives at your website for instance.

If you are currently paying or likely to pay to market a creation, be it advertising, technical data or a website, be assured given the cost and conceivable numbers likely to see the end product, it absolutely makes good sense to have the work evaluated by a third-party before submitting for print or costly online advertising.

Analysis, correction, extraction and data cleansing fees start from as little as £25.00 an hour with concession for new venture and large projects – a small price to pay for improving ones database or enhancing potential. If you would like more information, please email or telephone Steve on Peterborough (01733) 777878.