Destroying Hard Drives 101: The Acid Test

hard-disk-in-acidLook at the news today and you’ll probably find at least half a dozen articles on a data breach somewhere. Between Sony, Ashley Madison and the Department of Homeland Security (ouch) it feels like no one is safe. I mean, if these big guys can’t keep your digital information safe how are you, average Joe/Jane supposed to do it?

Well there are ways to protect your data that you might not have thought of before. You can throw your hard drive in the ocean, you can smash it to pieces with a cinder block or you can just not store data digitally ever again. But there’s one other thing you might not have thought of before:

The more information you put online or in the digital space, the more opportunities there are for nefarious types to get at it. You

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Laser Data Storage: The Future Is Now!

laser-data-storageWe are a generation of impatient people. We want everything, at our fingertips, as of thirty seconds ago, without expending a lot of energy to get it done. It’s not that we’re lazy; it’s that we’re constantly looking for ways to make our lives more efficient. No one remembers random facts of knowledge any more when it’s that much faster to just ‘Google it’.

Storing and retrieving our data needs to follow the same vein; it needs to be fast and easy. There has been some research into making the process faster for us and one of the surprising tools used to achieve this is: lasers.

Not shooting-out-of-your-eyes lasers but lasers nonetheless. Read on about how this came about:

As we use more and more data every year, where will we have room to store it all? Our rapidly

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A Spring Data Cleanup Can Be A Great Thing

clutterYou’d think with the rise of digital files there would be a lot less clutter in our lives. In many cases clutter has gotten worse. You can open a folder on your computer and sometimes find hundreds of files and photos that you don’t even need. You might also have a dozen email accounts or old digital receipts for that pair of pants you had dry-cleaned five years ago. A lot of this information is unnecessary and if you had received a paper file it would be long gone by now.

You need to be proactive about what you keep and what you get rid of. Do you really need that photo of your dessert that you shared on social media four weeks ago taking up space on your phone? Probably not.

I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m

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Recover Data From An External Hard Drive Like A Pro

external-drive-recoveryStorage technology has truly exploded over the last 10 years, and has virtually changed the world over the last thirty years. No generation has seen a greater change in the way they communicate, what with email, text and the mass acceptance of the cell phone. Computers are no longer huge machines that can take up an entire floor in a building. With the invention of smartphones, tablets and laptops, all your data is as portable as you are.

But with great advancement comes great responsibility. Many people have learned, the hard way, that you need to have copies of all of your important data in multiple places. If you have all your files in one place you’re going to be in big trouble if that device ever breaks down on you. Oh, and they do. So instead of just saving …

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How To Set Up The HP ProLiant RAID Rebuild Priority

In this article, I’ll show you how you can adjust HP ProLiant RAID rebuild priority. This will set the level of precedence you have assigned to a RAID array rebuild as compared to routine I/O tasks. If you set the priority to low, the rebuild will occur only when the controller is not busy with normal I/O operations. As a result, you’ll show minimum effect on routine I/O tasks.

But it is important to note here that any array rebuilt using a low priority setting can actually create a possibility of compromising default tolerance level at the time of rebuild. This can lead to a failure which requires professional HP ProLiant recovery.

However, if you set the rebuild priority level to medium, that rebuild will be done using 50% of the resources, leaving of course the remaining fifty percent, …

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How to Choose A Hard Drive Recovery Service

choosing a data recovery serviceWe live in a digital age. Fewer people turn to pen and paper to take notes or to write letters. If you’re like pretty much everyone, you’re probably reading this off the screen of an electronic device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Meanwhile, hand-held cameras have been replaced by the camera on your smart phone. Most albums are digital and the coming generation isn’t going to know what a CD is, let alone a cassette tape. We download and upload files daily. We like, share and tweet by the swipe of a finger.

While this may be the case, we need to be careful with our information. By storing all our documents, videos, music and photos on a hard drive we run the risk of losing it all immediately. Aside from backing up your information to an external …

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Mac Hard Drive Recovery Just Got Harder…

IMac
The ever uncrackable IMac. Now more proprietary than you’d like.

Well, color us surprised, but then, not really. Apple is up to its old tricks again, this time making it harder than ever to perform Mac hard drive recovery. Or removal. Or replacement, for that matter…

Yes, according to a note on Engadget, the new IMac actually has a “specialized” proprietary SATA cable for its hard disk, on which features a seven prong setup as opposed to the usual four prong. This  means that if you were really techie about it (and you have to be on an IMac anyway, as removing a drive is nowhere near an easy task for the layman) and you wanted to put a new hard drive in your system, you’d be completely out of luck.

This is unless, of course, you bought …

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Hard Drive Failure Recovery: 3 Major User Mistakes

If you find yourself looking at a corrupt or seemingly dead hard drive and you’€™re very afraid that you could potentially lose all of your data, rest easy: this happens to hundreds of people everyday. The good news: for many of them it is not such a big deal.

Hard drive failure recovery can be tricky.
Hard drive failure recovery can involve messages like this.

Yes, you may have a lot of very important files: that sales presentation that is due in two days, maybe your year-end tax accounting files that will keep you from a messy IRS audit, or maybe just those special vacation photos that you just forgot to back up. Not to mention the important e-mails, your work calendar, and all the other critical stuff that is stored on your hard drive. But don’t worry, because it is always possible to get hard drive

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How to Fix External Hard Drive Problems

One of the most intriguing things about the data recovery industry in general is the fact that there are always websites out there that are offering some kind of quick fix. Recently, we have come across a lot of sites that claim to tell you how to fix external hard drive failures.

Dangerous Information Is Everywhere

Naturally, we do not want to target anyone specifically when we say that typically a lot of this information is not only incorrect, but very dangerous, particularly in cases where the data that needs to be recovered from an external hard drive is very critical. We have seen a lot of cases where businesses trust their data to shoddy data recovery software providers or computer repair stores that really have very little idea about providing professional data recovery, and we can tell you …

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Portable Hard Drive Recovery?

One of by far the most popular services offered by Hard Drive Recovery Group is of course portable hard drive recovery. There a number of reasons for this, but considering the popularity of portable storage and external hard drives nowadays, this is not altogether surprising.

And, because of the fact that external hard drives are quite inexpensive and are now available to the regular user (as opposed to a few short years ago when portable hard drives were actually very expensive and typically tended to be used by businesses only), they are used more commonly than ever. In fact, even at our shop we use a variety of external and portable hard drives in order to back up our own data. They can be a very robust solution and you certainly cannot beat the price per gigabyte.

External Hard Drive

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Memory Card Recovery Services

Almost all modern digital cameras use portable storage devices called memory cards. They can store gigabytes worth of digital images. Unfortunately, it is easy to delete stored data from these memory cards. If you accidentally select a delete-all function (which happens to all of us, at least once), your vacation photos, family memories and all the great moments you have stored on your camera can be erased. Unfоrtunаtеlу, іt іs easy tо delete stored data frоm thеsе cards.  But it is not necessarily permanent, at least with the right professional hard drive recovery.Memory card recovery

This іs thе reason whу уоu nееd tо knоw hоw tо recover memory cards. Recovering deleted digital data іs not only роssіblе, but a very popular service. Тhаt іs bесаusе cards will nоt іmmеdіаtеlу permanently wipe clean thе deleted files. Тhе digital files аrе stіll thеrе. …

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Hard Drive Clicking? What Not To Do.

When it comes to a clicking hard drive, the web seems to be pretty chock full of “things to do when your hard drive is clicking.” Unfortunately, 98% of the stuff that is out there is either a myth, or simply dangerous to your hard drive (but most importantly, the data contained within!).

hard drive clicking
Ok, so if you can see the inside of your hard drive like this, you’re doing something wrong.

So, we figured we’€™d instead create a Top 3 list of things NOT to do when you hear your hard drive clicking, because clearly there is no shortage of “To-Do€” advice. Most of this advice is very unfortunate, however, because in some cases it can take what would have been a perfectly recoverable hard drive and make it absolutely worthless. No more pictures, no more emails, no more …

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Remote Data Recovery

What many business owners do not think about when they have a server failure or catastrophic hard drive crash is that it is not always necessary for them to immediately package up the hard drive and send it to a professional provider such as Hard Drive Recovery Group. It is not always necessary to prepare your hard drive for shipment immediately, especially with more complex machines such as raid arrays or NAS or SAN systems. Instead, many business owners turn to us for something known well in the industry as remote data recovery.

About Remote Data Recovery

Typical server bank in the midst of a remote data recovery job.
RAID servers are perfectly built for remote data recovery services.

Remote data recovery is exactly what it might suggest: professional data recovery services completed from a location that is remote to yours. This means that no matter where you live, or where …

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IOSafe SSD – Hard Drive Recovery Unnecessary?

the IOSafe SSD
IOSafe: making hard drive recovery obsolete?

As we have mentioned on occasion before, we simply love those IOSafe drives. A great idea, seems to be executed extremely well, and comes with the kind of price that doesn’t scream as “premium” as it would have a mere five years ago. Yes, the consolidation of the hard drive industry has been fantastic for users, and those prices aren’t going up anytime soon. IOSafe, though, seems to be in a class of its own as far as hard disk protection.

So, it appears the company is moving forward with this, its first SSD drive.  It’s certainly not for the thin of wallet, to be sure, but it’s nice to see them taking their hard disk safety technology forward with this $499 beauty. Plus, it’s one of the fastest hard drives PC …

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No Nonsense Hard Drive Facts

A Seagate Hard Drive
A Seagate Hard Drive - more advanced than the space shuttle?

It really was about time. If you know the hard disk drive industry at all, you know that they have some marketing people that love to try to make a metal box look like a Corvette. This is hard drive technology, after all, which is frankly, quite amazingly dull. A lot of business owners like it that way. It’s a sturdy technology that lets you put a lot of information into a small space. Saves paper, too. Although if you were talking to a marketer, he’d tell you it was more exciting than the moon landing!

This article on hdd specifications from PC World is a great no-nonsense look at specs, and what to look for. Someone needed to say it, and I’m glad that PC World did. Take …

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Hard Drive Crash-Proof?

This drive is indestructible (according to the manufacturer!).

More great hard drive technology from IOSafe coming down the pipe. The 3TB “Everythingproof” hard disk drive touts itself as not only crash and failure proof, but fire and waterproof! This is one of those drives that you could take a blowtorch to and to cool it off, throw it in icy water. A “Mythbusters”-style piece of hardware, from a really innovative company.

Yep, can’t say enough about the technology at IOSafe (it isn’t good for our business, mind you ;)), but knowing the business of hard drive repair and recovery quite well, we would note that price, especially when it comes to storage media and hardware, is pretty much priority one when it comes to regular users. Business users can sometimes be different, but (much to their dismay when an inevitable …

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OSFClone – Open Source Cloning For The Masses?

Interesting tool we just came across in the blogs. OSFClone touts itself to be a free drive cloning program (which is what companies that practice “safe hard drive recovery” use), which enables you to “see-all” that is on a drive. Basically, it looks to clone a raw image from your drive so that you can analyze it. It also boots itself, which of course lets you skip your OS and get straight to the nitty-gritty.

So probably not a program for “everybody”, frankly, but at least for those of us with geekier intentions. Worth a look, and a disk imaging program for FREE is certainly nothing to complain about. Especially if it works 😉…

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SSD – Worth The Hassle?

Another SSD drive
SSD... even the experts can't recommend 'em!

Very interesting article from a storage expert at Information Week, where you might expect him to be talking his own book (or basically, pushing new technologies on companies), but he actually seems to go the opposite way.

Read Getting Real About SSD Performance and check it out for yourself.

As a hard drive recovery provider, talking our book (i.e. generating sales and jobs for our company) would mean jumping for joy at SSD, as its overall stability has been weak at best, and has already provided us with more data recovery requests than we might have thought. But, we continue to warn corporate IT managers AGAINST the technology, as its high expense, particularly at this relatively nascent time for it, far outweighs the benefits.

The “tried and true” platter system will have to …

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Consolidation Reigns In The Hard Drive Industry

Recessions bring about these kind of things. The bigger, healthier storage companies end up gobbling up the smaller ones. Such is the case with Western Digital buying Hitachi, and this will continue. As the industry moves to SSD, some of the older platter-based foundries essentially become obsolete, leaving a lot of cap-ex on the balance sheets for these manufacturers. Western Digital's getting bigger!

Not a surprise to see this happen, as Hitachi is a huge company, and their storage unit merely a small piece of the pie. Western Digital has gotten better at what they do as well, as we see a lot less of them coming through for hard drive recovery than we had just a couple of years ago.

Not a lot of players left in the industry, but that, too, could change. SSD has leveled the playing field once again.…

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A “Promise” Of Faster RAID Technology

Intel’s Thunderbolt has quietly crept on the storage scene, promising transfers from external sources at up to 10Gb/sec. Fast transfer, to be sure. Meanwhile, Promise, one of the most respected RAID manufacturers has introduced their Pegasus RAID solution.

Claiming 20x the throughput speed of USB 2.0, this one could indeed be a smoker for administrators looking for a hot network attached storage solution. Good stuff, we say.…

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Erasing Your SSD Drive. Or Not…

SSD drives continue to be the “future promise” that the hard drive manufacturers are touting. But the disadvantages are beginning to add up. So says the fine folks at UC San Diego, who tested several drives with the classic drive erasing techniques that work very well with platter based drives, and discovered that some of the data was still recoverable. In fact, with some erasing algorithms, ALL of the data was still present.

The SSD drives are touted as the future of laptop hard drives, and yet the inability to erase them is a pretty serious security breach. While we don’t want to “put the hate on” new hard drive technologies by any means, it’s clear this is a huge issue for businesses and in particular, military and government. How to address it is really where the question lies.…

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