23 June 2015 by Michael Nuncic

There are two main ways of securely deleting data - with data erasure software or by physically destroying the media so it cannot be used again.

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19 June 2015 by Massimo Mazza

The Internet of Things is here - what are the possibilities? What are the drawbacks?

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16 June 2015 by Milagros Gamero

Kroll Ontrack engineers recover 24 terabytes of confidential data when two drives fail in RAID 6 array because of hardware malfunction.

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08 June 2015 by Sam Wiltshire

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.

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26 May 2015 by Sam Wiltshire

You'd have a tough time nowadays finding a person who's never had a run-in with data loss. We've all known that sinking feeling when a power cut or crash sends an unsaved Word document spinning into the void, or when an internet connection cuts out and a web page full of forms is wiped blank. In the modern age, data loss is as certain as death and taxes.

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19 May 2015 by Sam Wiltshire

Here at Ontrack, we're well aware that data loss can affect anyone. For many of us, it comes in the form of hard disk drive (HDD) failure - an umbrella term for mechanical, electronic and logical defects that render the information stored therein unreadable.

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15 May 2015 by Peter Robinson

After all the data recovery processes are complete, the data needs to be prepared before being shipped back to the customer. The files are copied then to a new external hard drive and encrypted for extra security. The very last stage of the process is the client approval of the recovery results. The client can then decide if the recovery turned out to be a success or a failure.

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14 May 2015 by Peter Robinson

The logical data structure on the disk is managed by the file system. FAT (File Allocation Tables) used to be a very popular file system known from DOS. Nowadays they’ve been replaced almost completely by a much more advanced NTFS. Both systems are mostly used in Microsoft operating systems.

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13 May 2015 by Peter Robinson

Probably everyone is familiar with a popular myth about the origin of the Internet. A global network was designed in the '60s for the military. The network required communication to be allowed in the potential situation of a nuclear war, which meant it had to be resistant to the partial destruction of its technical infrastructure.

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12 May 2015 by Peter Robinson

The idea of IT data is very abstract and usually described in an unattractive and boring way. Yet most of the data stored on hard drives is personal, important to us and quite often unique. Regardless of whether it's holiday photos, favourite movies or business data, the value of your disk drive is equal to the value of the data you store on it.

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11 May 2015 by Peter Robinson

In this post, I want to share a few interesting figures with you. They all describe the mysterious world of data loss - usually quite similar to a horror movie. Fortunately in this world, most stories have a happy ending.

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08 May 2015 by Peter Robinson

Around 174 years ago, the first calculating machine was created. The program that controlled it was used for handling Jacquard punched cards (the same that were used in the famous Jacquard machines for weaving patterned carpets).

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01 May 2015 by Michael Nuncic

To understand hyper-converged storage or hyper-converged systems, you have to start by considering the initial situation: Many company data centres, not only in Germany, but throughout the world, have different IT systems running side by side in peaceful coexistence, and these are kept operational by those responsible with much effort. Different servers, storage devices or individual computers work under many different operating systems, network protocols and storage solutions, particularly in small and medium-sized companies, so that connection and communication between systems becomes increasingly difficult over time.

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28 April 2015 by Michael Nuncic

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17 April 2015 by Massimo Mazza

RAID stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks. It’s a set of independent hard drives able to provide redundancy, designed to keep the system online, and are mainly used in businesses server environments.

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10 April 2015 by Kamila Łopińska

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02 April 2015 by Paul Le Messurier

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27 March 2015 by Sam Wiltshire

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.

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19 March 2015 by Rajeh Shaikh

When refreshing your company’s IT equipment, you have to consider the following: where should the old equipment go and how should you dispose of it?

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17 March 2015 by Shaad Subhan

It is a scene repeated the world over on a daily basis – a senior member of staff requires the data from old tapes which have been in storage for a number of years. Not only that, but he also needs it NOW!

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