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Using SMART tools to predict HDD failure

In a previous blog – MTBF: Can it help predict hard drive failure? – we noted that the best-known methods for predicting hard disk drive (HDD) failure aren’t what you’d call scientific. Grinding and thrashing noises are a reliable indicator that a HDD is about to give up the ghost, for example, but that’s cold comfort when your drives are sitting in a remote data centre and therefore out of earshot. Hard drive manufacturers, …Read More

HDD vs SSD vs hybrid storage: A guide for your business

Given that businesses are having to store and process an ever-more unwieldy quantity of corporate data in the current information-heavy age, it’s become increasingly essential for companies to consider their choice of storage solutions wisely. Following a long period of market domination by the traditional hard disk drive (HDD), the last few years have seen a number of newer, more advanced options coming onto the market, offering several advantages over …Read More

Top 10 Data Disasters of 2014

10. Water Damage at a Fire Call (Germany) A firefighter was fighting a fire when his Nokia Lumia 610 was damaged by water. He lost all of his data including photos of family and friends. Kroll Ontrack was asked to help and successfully recovered 732 photos from the phone. 9. Late (United States) One company was preparing for a new IT infrastructure. The new storage array was waiting to be …Read More

HDD vs. SSD – Challenges with new technologies [video part 2]

In this video I will be looking at some of the common issues that a user when faces with recovery, erasure and encryption scenarios. Why recoveries are time consuming, what issues does wear levelling cause when an engineer performs a reconstruction and why do manufacturers use different configurations or algorithms to store data. With encryption what are the potential risks from a user point of view. What happens in a …Read More

The dangers of trying too hard with data recovery software

When faced with a data recovery (DR) situation, many people turn to widely available DR software tools. Whether they be free or paid ones, a user’s ultimate aim is to try everything they can before having to send their hard drive to a professional company for recovery (mostly due to cost implications). Although understandable, this can sometimes be detrimental. Running software recovery tools on a drive which is not mechanically sound, …Read More

Gently does it: take care with your hardware

One of the most common data recovery scenarios that we see are cases where hard drives (both internal and external) have stopped working as a result of being dropped or knocked. Although most commonly occurring with laptops, this is also a regular occurrence with external storage devices. It is very easy for someone to accidentally knock a drive from the top of their desk, for example. Although 3.5″ (desktop) drives are …Read More

3 quick tips to remember when purchasing an external hard drive

Anyone thinking about buying themselves a secure and reliable external hard drive will probably go for an SED (Self-Encrypting Drive). These drives have the option of setting a password to be entered in order to access the data stored within. Bear in mind that the data on the disk is encrypted even when no password has been set. Even if a malicious program attempts bypass the protection to gain access to …Read More

Where on earth is cloud data actually stored?

Think of cloud computing and the first thing that comes to mind is usually a mainstream application like Google Drive, Dropbox or iCloud, but there is a lot more to it than you might think. Firstly we need to understand what cloud computing actually is. In a nutshell, cloud computing is all about storing and retrieving your personal (or corporate) data from your own little area on the Internet. Nothing is stored on …Read More

5 factors to consider when purchasing a HDD

As we work for a data recovery company and see all the HDDs that fail we often get asked the question: What is the best most reliable HDD to buy? It depends on many factors and if we were to quantify these by importance this would be our top five: 1. Design maturity How long has the model/type been in production. The latest high capacity leading edge technology HDD is often …Read More

Recovering data after leaving your Cloud service provider

What is the most complicated issue regarding data recovery when leaving a Cloud service provider? Virtual infrastructures, which, on the face of it, can seem the most complex? Does SaaS (Software as a Service) seem so simple? They are, in fact, not the issues. Choosing to leave a Cloud service provider can come about for various reasons. It depends, in part, on the services offered, and also on the service …Read More