Data Backup, Migration & Recovery

One of the most value resource of any individual or business is their data. The information that has been collected over many many years is invaluable and rarely can a price be placed on it. Do you have a plan to mitigate such a loss before it happens? If not talk to us at 8-Bit Technologies now.


By 8-Bit Staff

Letters or manuscripts from from centuries ago are available to us today to read because it was taken care of and preserved. Its ink, paper, means of storage, environmental humidity are all controlled to preserve the data. Similarly, digital information and data today must also be preserved and protected to ensure current and future use. 

“What would you do if you lose those precious kids photos and videos? What would you do if those years of uni assignments and projects just vanished? Would your business grind to a halt if you losse all your data or emails?”


At 8-Bit, we asked our staff to list the top reasons they’ve come across for data loss. They are:

  1. Deleting files accidentally
  2. Viruses and damaging malware
  3. Mechanical damages of hard drive (e.g. dropping a laptop)
  4. Power surges or failures
  5. Theft of computer
  6. Spilling coffee and other liquid damages
  7. Fire accidents and explosions
  8. Ransomware

These everyday activities will most likely happen to each of us at one point or another. Thus at 8-Bit, we recommend a backup for everyone – at least those most critical files, those adorable photos or the irreplaceable cute baby videos.



The purpose of the backup is to create a secondary copy of data that can be restored in the event of a primary data failure via any of the means listed above. Backup copies allow data to be restored from an earlier point in time to help you or your business recover from an unplanned event.

Storing the copy of the data on separate medium is critical to protect against primary data loss or corruption. This additional medium can be as simple as an external drive or USB stick, or something more substantial, such as a cloud storage. Whether the backup is physically on the the same location as the primary data or at a remote location will depend on how likely you believe an all encompassing destructive weather-related event is likely to occur and wipe out both sets of data.

For best results, 8-Bit recommends backup copies are made on a consistent, regular basis to minimize the amount data lost between backups. The more time passes between backup copies, the more potential for data loss when recovering from a backup. 


Data migration, in its simplest form, is copying one set of data on one medium to another medium. The most common example of data migration that we all undertake is copying files to a USB stick.

Copying a word document or an image is simple enough. But things can get more complex when you want to copy more files and larger files. Sometimes the migration process doesn’t always go to plan. 

So what happens when you want to copy your whole hard drive? Including the operating system and system files, program files etc? We’ve all accidentally copied or moved operating system files and received a nasty warning error.

Why would someone want to do this? The most common example is when you have a hard drive that is almost full and you simply want a bigger capacity hard drive. Or your hard drive is slowing your workflow and want your PC or laptop to run via on the faster SSD.  

Thus there are two options here. Either install your operating system again on the new hard drive then all the programs and plugin and drivers and printers and scanners and any other device you may have attached to your computer. Then copy all the data files from the old hard drive to the bigger or faster hard drive. Complicated process? Yes we believe so too.

Hence, at 8-Bit Technologies, we have mastered the art of migrating data between hard drive types. We clone the whole drive including from Windows OS (or MAC OS), program files, documents, emails, browsers, drivers etc.  Simply switch on your computer and all will be the same as before.


Data recovery is the more complicated brother of Data Backup except in this case there is no backup option as a backup was not done. Thus the source of data would be the corrupted or dead or deleted hard drive itself. 

At 8-Bit we know your files are important to you. Through our experience there are plenty of ways to examine and see if any of the data is recoverable. With a little time, the right tools, and some care, we may be able to get some data off of that drive.

However, if the hard drive is physically damaged (through drops or hits) then this becomes a lot more concerning. At this point we engage our advanced recovery service partners that will physically disassemble the damaged hard drive and attempt to rebuild it in a new hard drive inside a specialized clean room. An assessment report will be undertake first and foremost before repairs are undertaken.

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