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It's Gone, Gone

It’s Gone, Gone
by Gary Woods

I’ve been bugging you people for years about backing up your data.  But, there are times when even the best laid plans go awry and you have to start looking for some other way to get back your precious stuff. There’s always shipping your hard drive off to the nice folks at On Track.  Just be prepared for that four or five figure bill that comes when your data is recovered. But, there is another way that’s been around for quite a while and has just come out with new iteration.

Data Rescue ($99.00) from ProSoft Engineering has come up with Data Rescue 4.1. Simply put the application promises to let you mount and work with the hard drives that ordinarily couldn’t be mounted. The software can ignore any and all slow read warnings that might popup and although it might take hours, days or even weeks Data Rescue could recover your data, dredge up deleted files and clone hard drive partitions to more functional devices.

The new wrinkle that ProSoft has come up with is the ability to recover data from NTFS-formatted partitions or as we in the Mac World know them Boot Camp where you’ve got all your Windows data. The software also has the ability to create a BootWell partition to boot your Mac from in order to run Data Rescue 4.

Data Rescue is one of those things that is cheap enough that you can buy it and stick it on the shelf so when disaster does strike you just have to plug it in and start putting your life back together.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Sotheby’s International Realty.