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CBL Data Recovery Technologies

Since the establishment of operations in the United Kingdom in 2000, CBL Data Recovery Technologies Limited has experienced a growing demand for its data recovery services and expertise. With CBL's expanding network of partners throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, individuals, corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises depend on CBL to recover lost data as a result of hardware failure, natural disaster, software malfunction, virus contamination, or human error. Headquartered in Newcastle, CBL's UK data recovery laboratory operates a Class 100 clean room environment to ensure the integrity of hard drives and data throughout the recovery process. CBL also has a customer service centre in London and can be found on the web at

see also:- CBL - editor mentions on

  • editor's comments:- the Data Recovery market is a difficult one for vendors to operate in because no-one wants (or plans) to be a customer in this segment. It's only when disaster strikes that most customers investigate this subject.

    In July 2008 CBL introduced a new business model for this market - the CBL Data Recovery Service Protection Plan - which provides 3 years of unlimited data recovery coverage of a working new hard drive for $99.99.

    You could argue that if users thought ahead they would spend their money on backups. But backups frequently go wrong - or can be affected by the same common mode failures which render the original data media unreadable (fire, flood, virus etc).

    It will be interesting to see how successful the new business model is - and (if so) how long it will be before it gets copied.

    ...Later:- Like all good ideas in the data recovery market - indeed it did.
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Bad block management in flash SSDs
This is an introduction to the thinking behind one of the many vital functions inside a flash SSD controller.

Native media defect quality in new flash memory chips has grown steadily worse in the past 10 years as geometries have shrunk.
click image to read the article - principles of bad block management in flash SSDs This article enumerates the scale of the problem and explains how intrinsically dodgy flash memory is transformed into dependable flash SSDs which you can entrust with your data. the article
See also:-SLC vs MLC NAND and the Impact of Technology Scaling (pdf)

Articles about Data Recovery

What is Data Recovery?
Data Recovery for flash SSDs
Selecting a Data Recovery Provider
Storage Reliability / Storage Testers
Testing the Limits of Hard Disk Recovery
SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
the Data Emergency Guide for Consumers (pdf)
the Data Emergency Guide for Enterprises (pdf)
Recovering Data from Drowned / Flooded Hard Drives
Data Recovery - editor mentions on
Recovering a Business from Administrator Induced Data Loss
Why did the tape market fail?

The unreliability of restoring data was one reason.
Tape Backup Fails Most Enterprise Customers
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