Computer users know very well how frustrating it can be to deal with data loss. You can lose almost all the data saved on your PC in a snap. That means you have no choice but to say goodbye to all the photos stored in there; not to mention the videos, songs etc. you have painstakingly downloaded only to disappear without any trace. This data is a part of who you are, a virtual remembrance for the virtual life you have lived so far. But thanks to the many vulnerabilities of a regular computer, you can never tell when your hard drive will give up on you.
To save your data (and your memories as well as your sanity), make sure you have a backup plan in place in the form of an external hard drive to ensure no data is lost forever. Yes, you don’t need a genius solution to this age-old data loss dilemma. All you need is just a conventional technology and some common sense to foresee that such a disaster may strike (because your computer isn’t a super machine), so you need to prepare for it beforehand.
Whether it’s for backing up your entire computer or giving yourself some extra file space to work with, everyone needs an external hard drive. But with so many models on the market to choose from, which ones are worth getting? There are many factors to consider here, but the
We deal with technology on a regular basis. The majority of the population go online through their phones and tablets, many still access the web through computers and laptops, especially students, professionals, and entrepreneurs who have more advanced computing needs.
While most computers have a built-in hard drive for storage, some have external drives (read about recovering them here), some use SSDs instead. A solid-state drive wasn’t really an option for many in the past because of its high price but its price has gone considerably over the last few years. And as such, SSDs become a more reasonable expense for many. It offers computer users all the benefits of your average hard drive with a few extra bonuses.
The issue of SSD drive life is coming to the fore – the economics of solid state storage is being turned on its head thanks to the introduction of longer-lasting enterprise SSDs.
In short, the SSD lifetime is getting longer – and with time will grow far longer.
“Dramatic Effect” of Enterprise SSDs
“When the lifespans of enterprise SSDs change, the effect is dramatic,” he said. “It affects not just the running costs but also migration, and it overlaps with all the other things built in to the total cost of ownership. So this is huge, and it overwhelms the price differential between spinning disk and flash.”
It’s an important point because enterprise SSD storage remains stubbornly more expensive than
One of the more common errors we are seeing from our customers lately is the Flash Drive not recognized error. One of the funniest things about flash drive in general is that they tend to be very robust when it comes to a data storage solution. If you would’ve talked to us 10 years ago, and told us that there would be a form of storage that can be upwards of 128 GB that we could attach to our keychain, drop on the ground with abandon, and probably even drop into the toilet and still get our data back, we probably would have laughed our heads off.
Of course, flash drives are some of the most robust data storage devices you can find. And, even though we have almost hurt at all when it comes to hard drive experiences, we still get a little bit surprised when some people tell us about how their flash drive failed. We could tell you a lot of flash drive failure stories, let’s just say, that you wouldn’t believe.
Recover Flash Drive?
Although not a lot of people know it, a flash drive can be somewhat difficult to recover depending on the circumstances. These drives are fairly simplistic on a macro level, but you do have to remember that the flash drive circuits are extremely microscopic. On one hand, this …
One of the biggest surprises experienced by many laptop users is an SSD failure. It’s surprising for many people because of a couple of important things. First of all, people assume that because an SSD or solid state hard drive does not have as many moving parts as a regular hard drive, it naturally is going to be failure proof.
Most users just assume that they will never really have to consider something like SSD data recovery, because of the fact that these drives are typically very robust in nature. After all, they are based on a similar technology to flash drives, and everyone knows that those things can take a licking and keep on ticking.
Can SSD Drives Fail?
In a word, yes. Even though SSD hard drives are not subject to the same kind of failures as regular spindle and platter hard drives, (drives which by the way still provide the data storage on about 95% of our computer systems), they still do experience what many in the industry call “fade”. SSD drives do not use a platter to store data, but they do use electronic circuits – man-made electronic circuits – and if there is something we should all understand it is that a man-made product is rarely indestructible.
SSD: Unproven Long Term
Another key reason for many SSD failures is that the technology just simply isn’t proven yet. Although SSD hard drive use continues to …
Interesting note this morning on Seagate’s Momentus XL, which is a hybrid SSD and platter based hard drive. Seems it was quite hyped coming up to its launch. Weird fact is that users are saying that it is subject to the failures of both drive architectures, meaning a lot of buzzing and clicking capped with some circuit issues that SSD drives feature.
Unfortunately, hybrids are still subject to failure, without a doubt. The platter and spindle architecture remains much as it was in the 1990s, with a few tweaks here and there. And although the flash part of the drive doesn’t have as many mechanical parts which can fail, they also can break down.
A Popular SSD Myth
One of the more popular myths lately has been that SSD hard drives are failure proof. That they simply cannot fail, if only because they don’t have the number of mechanical parts that classic conventional drives do. This, of course, is wrong. Flash based Solid-State hard drives can, and do fail, and quite often. While there are no head crashes or motor breakdowns in these drive structures, the switches within these drives are still subject to issues brought on by water damage, heavy usage, and particularly electrical overload.
If you feel like your Hybrid or SSD drive is failing, feel free to call our toll free support line 24 hours per day at 1-866-938-3475 or get a full, no hassle diagnosis …