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“Cracked” Samsung SSD Controller Encryption

The pitfalls of automatic hardware encryption of fast Samsung SSD hard drives have been fatal for three senior staff members of a reputable audit firm. When the laptops of the managers were booted again after crashing, the three built-in Samsung SSDs of the 840 PRO Series were no longer recognised. Important customer data, unavailable elsewhere, were impossible to access. In view of this disaster, the only way out was to …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

Recovering data from black boxes

While air travel is consistently rated as one of safest forms of transport, recent disasters including ill-fated flight Air Asia QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore,  MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, which disappeared without a trace in the middle of the Indian Ocean and flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, which was struck down by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists fighting against the Ukrainian government, remind us that …Read More

7 Key Technology Predictions for 2015

As a senior research and development engineer at Kroll Ontrack, my team and I have seen many new trends and challenges over the past year. Following on from these, we have taken a look at the future for technology and how this will affect data recovery. Here are some of the key changes and trends we can look forward to in 2015. 1. Data loss from mobile devices During 2014, …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

5 SSD trends in 2013 and 4 predictions for 2014

SSD technology has had a rather eventful 2013. We recap some trends that we have seen at Kroll Ontrack: With the decrease in price of SSD and other flash devices (per GB in storage) popularity has been on the increase and is closing in on the popularity of HDD technology. Kroll Ontrack has seen flash media recoveries grow to nearly 10 per cent of all our recoveries this year. There has …Read More