How SSDs work

24 Apr 2018
Following on from our post explaining how HDDs work, we thought we’d follow it up with a piece on how SSDs – and all flash-based storage media for that matter – works. As we’ve stated previously, hard drives store data by writing it onto a thin layer of magnetic material. The data is translated into a series of ones and zeroes that is known as binary. This is then translated back into the piece of data you stored whether an audio file, word document or anything else when you open it. Flash-based media also uses binary, but not magnets. As HDDs store a series of ones and zeroes by magnetising or de-magnetising each small sector of a platter (a magnetised sector represents a 1 and...

Western Digital launch 14TB HDD

19 Apr 2018
SSDs are quicker, are growing in popularity and are viewed - amongst those with an interest in technology, at least – as being significantly sexier than HDDs. So much so, that some have predicted that SSDs are to HDDs what Netflix is to DVDs or, perhaps more accurately, what DVDs where to VHS: a superior piece of technology that will render its competitor obsolete. With the emergence of big data, cold storage and cloud computing, though, the HDD has found itself markets within which its significantly superior cost to storage ratio makes it a more practical option than flash-based storage media. Additionally, manufacturers quickly recognised that, in order to corner this new market...

Why an unnetworked but powered-up drive can still leak data

17 Apr 2018
For those of us looking to keep our most sensitive data safe, storing it on a drive that was unnetworked went a long way towards ensuring it was secure. The logic behind this principal was pretty straightforward: data held on a piece of unnetworked storage media can only be accessed by those who can physically access it. In other words, hackers could not remotely access it and retrieve the data held on these drives. Now, though, this may no longer be enough – provided the media is mains-powered. A new technique, referred to in a recent report as the ‘PowerHammer’ method, makes it possible for data stored on an unnetworked drive to be accessed remotely provided the drive’s secu...

Should my hard drive be making that noise?

12 Apr 2018
Hard drives have moving parts and when things move, they often create sound. To put it another way, like a car engine, your hard drive can be noisy and still healthy. Some sounds, though, indicate that something is seriously wrong. Typically, hard drives will make low-pitched whirring or whining noises – particularly when they’re booting up or accessing/storing data – or clicking noises. These are usually perfectly normal and not a cause for concern. It’s also worth noting that it’s far from uncommon for people to assume that something is wrong with their hard drive because of the noise produced by their machine’s fan. Just as you know that something’s wrong when an engine mak...

The easy way to create a robust backup strategy

11 Apr 2018
The importance of ensuring that your critical data is regularly backed up and readily accessible cannot be understated within the world of business. Thanks to growing awareness with regards to the role data now plays within the world of business, most owners ad decision makers understand the importance of having such a strategy in place but, whether due to a lack of technical know-how or naivety, their plans often lack the durability that modern businesses need. Threats to our vital data are becoming more and more widespread. Ransomware, cyber-attacks and disgruntled employees are just a few of the growing threats to the security and stability of your data. What’s more, with...

Happy World Backup Day

04 Apr 2018
On Saturday the 31st March 2018, the world mutedly celebrated what is, in the opinion of Fields Data Recovery, one of the most deserving yet little-known awareness days there is: World Backup Day. It’s understandable that this day doesn’t generate the same degree of coverage as those designed to promote check-ups that could save lives or draw attention to suffering, but the fact that so few of us are aware of this day’s existence serves as proof of the fact that we simply don’t appreciate the vital role data plays in our day-to-day lives. Many of the awareness days that are held are designed to raise awareness of various illnesses and conditions. No one would deny that this is...

How to automatically backup your smartphone

29 Mar 2018
As phones have become more sophisticated, the way we use them on a day-to-day basis has fundamentally changed. Not so long ago, the only valuable data stored on our phones was a list of contacts but times have changed: photos, videos, documents, games and more have now found a home in what are now basically handheld computers. With our phones now holding data that is valuable in both practical and sentimental terms, it’s a good idea to ensure that it’s being regularly backed up, particularly as you can ensure that it’s done automatically in just a few seconds, irrespective of whether you’re using an Android or iOS device. Android In order to setup automatic backups on your A...

Five affordable ways consumers can store more data

27 Mar 2018
Running out of data storage? You’re not alone: recent research has shown that a truly staggering 90% of all data has been created in the last two years. So, in short, we’re constantly creating more and more data which, in turn, means we need more and more places to store it. The problem is that storage media can be expensive, particularly if you don’t know what you need. Walk into an electronics store and tell them you need more memory, for example, and they may well start extolling the virtues of SSDs which, whilst extremely quick, are anything but cheap. Put simply, unless you need or are willing to pay for exceptional read/write speeds, you can bolster your data storage sig...

Why is my hard drive clicking?

22 Mar 2018
When a hard drive begins making any kind of noise other than a reassuring and subtle whir, it’s safe to say that there’s a problem that needs to be addressed. When a drive makes an audible clicking sound, however, the problem is also likely to be significant. Why is this? In order to write and read data, all hard drives use what are known as heads. These write data on to what is referred to as a platter (essentially a disk covered in a magnetic surface) when you save it and read it from the platter when you want to view it. If a hard drive begins to click, it almost certainly means that these key components are not functioning correctly meaning that your hard drive can no longer r...

Data recovery: is it covered by a warranty?

19 Mar 2018
It might seem logical to assume that, should a type of storage media fail whilst it is still under warranty, the manufacturer will not only replace and/or repair the device, but should foot the bill for any recovery work that may be required too. After all, you wouldn’t have lost the data if the device hadn’t failed. Unfortunately, however, this isn’t the case and Fields Data Recovery is yet to come across a warranty that covers the costs of recovering lost data. But why is this? Well, for one thing, data recovery can be expensive. If parts need to be replaced or a clean room used then the costs of recovering lost data can grow. Simply replacing a faulty drive with a brand new one...