Thursday, July 16, 2015

Palm Beach IT Users Group, 15 July 2015

One of our very own, Todd Trahan of SERT Data Recovery (, will be presenting to the group. He’s a local company who has already recovered a few members’ data, and he will be showing us what we can do to prevent further data corruption (or even more loss) on a damaged drive.

This month we will be meeting on Wednesday, July 15th at Windstream Communications, 7121 Fairway Drive, Suite 101, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418. Meeting time is still at 6:30 pm, with the presentation starting promptly at 7:00 pm.

Please register at so we can accommodate everyone for dinner. For the paid members that can’t make it but would still like to view the presentation, please contact me offline for the GoToMeeting link.

Mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss this meeting!
Comments after the meeting:
I want to thank everyone who attended last night’s presentation by Todd Trahan of SERT Data Recovery. Judging by the amount of questions that were asked and by how late we stayed, I can safely say that it was well worth everyone’s time. Todd reviewed in detail the process his company has to go through to recover data from a flash drive, hard drive or solid state drive. He also provided us helpful tips and useful guidelines to not only educate ourselves, but our clients as well. Glad we have a data recovery expert as one of our members!

Thanks to Lynne Keane for recommending to pick up dinner from C.R. Chicks, and last, but certainly not least, thanks to Jennifer for continuing to host our user group meetings at Windstream Communications.

John Vighetto
Vighetto Networking, Inc.
Thanks to you John as well as Jen and Todd, not to mention Dave Lord for making the trek up here to blog the events.

Todd delivered a tremendous presentation that truly educated me on the complexity of restoration and why "no one should try this at home". I learned just as much about what someone should not do to give them a better chance of restoration. It was obvious how passionate Todd is about assisting businesses in trouble.

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Lynne Keane
Keane Telecom Solutions, Inc.
Haven't had so much fun since Norton Utilities and Interleave tweaking!  Thanks everyone!

Viewers:  (IMHO) If you were NOT at this presentation, please read all of the slides carefully.  Some of them may make your ears burn (but I always do that....)  There was a lot of discussion on each of these points and they are well grounded.
Think about, If you bash up a couple of fenders on a car and the repair cost is almost or more than 'book' value - it is a total.  Yes, it can still be fixed.  A 'new' WD 1 t Blue currently runs at < $50.-- and a 2t is < $ 150.  Now, what is your hourly rate that you are charging.  If possible, image to a new drive before running corrective software - esp ChkDsk/ .  Also, RAID is NOT a backup.

Great presentation, Todd.  Thank You !

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