All is not lost!

Published on: Tue, Mar 03, 2009
Tags: computers, data, dusseldorf
Courtesy: – March 1st


According to world’s leading information technology research and advisory firms like Gartner, the sale of personal computers will fall by double digits during 2009. This huge fall would be for the first time in history.

According to the reports from Gartner, the shipments of PCs will tumble 12 percent year-over-year to 257 million units. The last low dip in sales was after the dot-com bust in 2001, when shipments fell 3.2 percent.

George Shiffler, research director at Gartner, in a statement said: “The PC industry is facing extraordinary conditions as the global economy continues to weaken, users stretch PC lifetimes and PC suppliers grow increasingly cautious.”

Gartner’s forecast only confirms the expected downfall in the PC market.
This is getting clearer with the sharp drop-offs in sales of PC’s from companies like Intel, Nvidia, Seagate, Advanced Micro Devices and Western Digital. Hewlett-Packard reported a 19 percent drop in PC sales last month, whereas Dell had a 27 percent drop in desktop sales and a 17 percent drop in notebook sales.

According to reports of Gartner, there would be a whopping 32 percent decline in desktop sales next year, while sales of laptops are predicted to rise 9 percent.

According to Gartner, sales of netbooks account for higher interest in laptops. Apart from netbooks, sales of mobile computers may rise about 3 percent in 2009. Gartner expects netbook sales to reach 21 million units in 2009, roughly doubling from 11.7 million units last year.

It seems that the companies like Microsoft and Intel are on the search of areas beyond PC, which can be expanded to make a profitable reap.

The loss of relevant files is the zenith of misfortune for the techies. But the “deleted” files may not always go from the computer. But experts say, it can be retrieved; even if no backups were created.

The first step would be to get the appropriate recovery software that can fix the problem.

A comprehensive study conducted by a prominent company called Kroll Ontrack shows that a defective hardware is responsible for more than half the cases of data loss.

"One in four is attributable to user error, though," says Stephanie Hennig from Kroll Ontrack. This also includes the accidental deletion of files.

Users need not lose hope, when it comes to retrieving deleted files. Technically speaking, during a standard deletion, the OS simply frees up the files for overwriting.

Markus Mizgalski from Dusseldorf-based PC [email protected] magazine says that "It's like a book where the table of contents has been partially removed. It's harder to find the pages, but it's possible."

The function of a data recovery program is to look through this table of contents for the file system or to try an attempt to recreate the complete files through the snippets that are available on the hard drive. Certain programs may work better while certain others may not.
Cost-free software is found partially helpful says a recent test by PC [email protected] showed that. The freeware titles that the magazine tested were found difficult to use.

The best grades, according to the magazine report, was given to R-Studio Datenrettung 4, available for around $80. The next in ranking is O&O DiskRecovery 4, also costing around $80. Both programs have the ability to find out hundreds of file formats, provide a quick search version, and has an advanced version for difficult cases. These can also be used as a boot disk for recovery attempts where the OS refuses to load up again.

The freeware alternatives available, like PC Inspector File Recovery and Recuva are considerably less powerful for recovering files that accidentally get deleted. Users of Windows tuning programs such as TuneUp Utilities or Tvista need not buy anything else, as data recovery tools are often integrated into those packages.

It would be highly advisable to test the commercial programs, before buying them. A demo version that most of the software publishers offer, is meant for this purpose.

Robert Globisch from, an online mail-order catalogue, says, “Try to recover ZIP archive data or very large email databases in pst format and you'll quickly separate the wheat from the chaff."

Here are a few tips to improve the chance of recovery. The most important one is to immediately stop working on the affected hard drive or storage card, when you realize that a file has been lost. Also no installation of recovery tools not already on the drive there can be chances of overwriting the very data you want to save.

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