Remember this important point: solid state hard drives are not bulletproof. They can and will fail.
What is a Solid state hard drive?
Solid state hard drives, called SSDs, have been around for a few years now. Touted as being more reliable and much faster than standard platter drives, these drives have no mechanical parts. The data is stored entirely on electronic chips that are similar to your computer’s memory cards. Computer memory is volatile; it loses the data when the computer is shut down.
An SSD, however, retains the stored data. Because the data is manipulated electronically, higher throughput speeds are attained. And since there are no moving parts, the danger of physical hard drive failure from abuse, such as drops or bumps, is greatly reduced.
Downside of Solid State Hard Drives
Remember this important point: SSDs are not bulletproof. They can and will fail. Logical failures are still a threat. And there are some common maintenance chores for standard drives that will ruin a solid-state drive. Defragmentation is one. I know we’ve promoted defragging to improve drive performance and to extend its life. But defragmenting an SSD can strike a fatal blow. It destroys the electronic path on which the data is stored.
Of course, they are damaged by electrical problems as well. Voltage spikes and power surges can damage the delicate electronic components.
Here at The Data Rescue Center, we have recovery engineers that are specially trained to handle solid state hard drive recovery. We’ve also installed the necessary equipment to recover data from solid-state drives. It wasn’t cheap . . . but our clients are worth the extra effort. Give us a call today to find out more. We also offer a FREE evaluation.
Finding a reputable data recovery service to recover those priceless digital photos.
Well, Dad’s taken up a new hobby. Mom got him a slide and negative converter as an early Christmas present. He’s now changing decades of 35mm slides into digital photos on his computer. He’s enjoying it immensely and even asked me if he could make a little money doing this for other folks.
Many younger people won’t remember slides and negatives. Everything is digital these days, with flash media cards taking the place of the old celluloid film negatives. While this has made picture taking easier and less expensive, the downside is not always apparent. I suppose I recognize it more, working for a data recovery service. That downside is the potential data loss of all those memories.
Dad keeps his slides and negatives safely tucked away in storage boxes in a cool environment. He treats them with the care necessary for longevity. Barring a natural disaster, these photo memories should be around for a long time. Why, some of them are older than yours truly!
On a computer, photo storage is a different story. Hard drive failures occur from many different events, putting your digital memories as risk. A data recovery specialist is necessary for recovery from physical drive failures. If not done properly, your photos could be gone forever.
Should you experience data loss, talk to one of our friendly recovery engineers. They are very experienced in standard hard drive and SSD recovery as well as media card and flash drive recovery. Save those priceless digital memories with The Data Rescue Center’s help.
Reliability of a SSD vs platter hard drive?
That’s a very good question. In fact, it’s one that we are hearing more often here at The Data Rescue Center. Folks are beginning to ask our recovery engineers about reliability when they contract our data recovery services.
While it’s a good question, it’s one that is not that easy to answer. To begin with, we need to determine what reliability is not.
• SSDs are much faster than standard drives. There’s no questioning that fact. However, speed does not equal reliability.
• SSDs can withstand shock better because they have no moving parts. However, that points to ruggedness, not necessarily reliability.
SSDs are relatively new components. Reports from manufacturers and hard drive data recovery services don’t always provide enough real reliability data. Additionally, not everyone defines a failure in the same way. Once SSDs are around longer, the stats will be better indicators.
SSD recovery can be more complex and requires specialized equipment. Recovering data from a burned-out chip is much different from recovery data from a magnetic platter.
While the SSDs handle bumps and bruises better, they are still prone to logical failure of the operating system. Power surges, floods and other forms of physical threats can still damage them.
The electronic nature of the drive is still susceptible to damage and manufacturing defects, just like memory cards and flash media.
Are they more reliable? It does look to be the case, however you should always back up your data, no matter what drive you use. That’s always a good computing practice.
Be prepared for a data recovery emergency
We are prepared for a variety of computer data emergencies at The Data Rescue Center. If you are the information technology engineer for your company, the stress caused by data loss is overwhelming unless you are also prepared. The Data Rescue Center wants to partner with you so that recovering your lost files is performed quickly, efficiently and securely. Our data recovery engineers are proficient in the techniques and technology that ensures the safe retrieval of missing data on virtually any type of storage media.
Using state-of-the-art equipment, our data recovery engineers execute SSD recovery, standard drive recovery and all forms of flash media recovery. Furthermore, unlike many other hard drive data recovery services, we take the safety and security of your data seriously when it is in our care. Our UL listed Class 2 security vault protects your equipment from theft and fire. Additionally, we do all of the work in-house, and we never ship your drive to another company or location. Once your drive arrives, it is completely guarded against damage or theft.
If you manage the computers and data recovery plan for your business, we will take some of the stress away. Keep one of our Red Box kits handy so that you can ship a damaged drive to us immediately. With a two-day guaranteed delivery included in the package, we quickly let you know if recovery is possible, and we provide you with a free diagnostic report and quote. For a list of data recovery services designed around your needs, contact The Data Rescue Center today.