Size Does Matter With 20 Terabyte Hard Drives on the Horizon

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The highlight of the year for most techies is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held at the beginning of every year in Las Vegas. It’s where big brands showcase their upcoming products and their latest technology. It’s also where up-and-coming brands show that they have what it takes to compete with the big boys. Japan’s Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC), which is held in the first week of October, is fast proving to be a worthy complement to CES, giving techies two major events to look forward to.

20TB is exciting news for hoarders

One of the most exciting technology previews to emerge from CEATEC 2013 was the 20 terabyte (TB) hard disk drive (HDD) that Seagate and TDK are hoping to have on the market by 2016. This is a major leap from the 4TB hard drives that are currently available.

The technology can’t come soon enough, according to Stephen Lawson, from IDG News Service, because hard disk drives are about to reach their limit. The physical data limit for HDDs is 1TB per square inch per platter, and current drives are already on about 750GB of data per square inch. Current HDDs are limited by their physical cell size and data density. According to Iddo Genuth, data storage cells change polarity so that they can accommodate more data. But, they can only be made so small before they become unstable and start changing polarity on their own.

There’s nothing a HAMR can’t fix

Fortunately, as Seagate and TDK have proved, the problem is not insurmountable. All you need is heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR).

On current hard disk drives data is written to the platters at normal temperatures, which limits data density. According to Lawson, HAMR uses a laser to heat the area where data is being written, which allows for denser storage. Naturally, the denser the storage capacity, the more data can be stored.

The HAMR drive Seagate and TDK demonstrated at CEATEC is nowhere near its full potential yet. At the moment they’re still trying to break through what Lawson calls the 1TB ceiling. But, according to Seagate’s Chief Technology Officer Mark Re, they’re hoping to have a stable 20TB hard drive on the market by 2020. They’re hoping to have a smaller HAMR drive on the market much earlier than that, however, by 2016, at least.

Don’t get your hopes up too high just yet, though, as skeptics think that the technology is still too challenging with too many kinks for HAMR drives to be on the market before 2017, if manufacturers are lucky.

Patience is a virtue

Two years (give or take a few months) may sound like a long time to wait for uber-hard drives, but consider that the technology has been 10 years in the making. Consider also the growing importance of data in all sectors of business and you can understand why manufacturers want to get everything right before they unleash their storage monsters on the enterprise market.

That’s not to say that large-scale business enterprises are the only ones that will benefit from major data storage capacity. There are plenty of private individuals who could manage to fill 20TB, or thereabouts. Just think of all the people who collect every TV series since Mork and Mindy, and who have to have every music album ever made since Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene”, and whose film collections are so vast they have to be spread across a handful of external hard drives.

What about cost?

Surely one can expect to pay a small fortune for a hard drive that allows one to store a whopping 20TB of data? Maybe not.

According to Mark Re, HAMR drives will cost more or less the same as the HDDs currently available. And that is good news indeed.

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Warning: Apple’s Mavericks Breaks Records, But It Isn’t Perfect

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When Apple announced that it would be releasing its latest operating system, OS X Mavericks, free of charge, fans must have felt it was a dream come true. They were so psyched that, according to Angela Moscaritolo from ITProPortal, 5.5% of Mac users downloaded it within 24 hours. Apple’s Mountain Lion OS took four days to reach that level of adoption. Not only were fans looking forward to a no-cost upgrade, but they were also looking forward to the improved memory, extended battery life, and host of new apps that Mavericks promised. Unfortunately for some, things didn’t go quite as planned.

Jamie Hinks, also from ITProPortal, reported that Mavericks has at least one significant flaw – it causes external hard drives to break down. The situation is such that Western Digital recommends that people don’t download the new operating system until it and Apple have figured out exactly what is causing the problem, and have come up with a solution to ensure the safety and integrity of external drives.

What’s happening?

According to Hinks, problems include hard drives not mounting and not even appearing after Mavericks has been downloaded and installed. According to Jonny Evans, from ComputerWorld, some users are losing all of the data on their external drives, although the likelihood of this is reportedly low.

The problems seem to be most commonly experienced with Western Digital (WD) My Book devices, and WD Drive Manager, WD Raid Manager, and WD SmartWare apps. As a result, Western Digital has actually taken down the apps and advised users to uninstall them before downloading Mavericks, or to hold out a little longer before getting Mavericks.

Western Digital is not the only had drive manufacturer experiencing the problems, however. Hinks says that Seagate and LaCie have also reported episodes of hard drive failure, and apparently any external storage device that uses an USB, FireWire, or Thunderbolt connection is at risk.

Data loss is not the only risk Mac OS X poses to Western Digital drives, as some users have also reported sound loss when their Macs go into sleep mode. Fortunately, the problem seems to be temporary (albeit annoying), as it can be fixed by restarting the computer.

It’s not all doom and gloom

Evans says that the lost data can be recovered fairly easily – provided users stop using the device immediately after the upgrade and invest in some third party recovery software. Obviously, this isn’t an ideal solution, but it does give some hope to those who may be panicking because vital business documents or treasured family photos have gone missing.

The other good news, according to Western Digital, is that the problems seem to arise only when a “specific set of conditions and timing sequences between the OS and WD software utilities occur”. Even with the low rate of occurrence, however, Western Digital says that users should still take the recommended precautions. If problems do occur, then it’s recommended that you contact WD customer service before you try anything else, like recovery software.

Mavericks still has plenty of benefits

Glitches with external drives aside, OS X Mavericks still offers users plenty of new benefits, some of which are not entirely well known. Macworld’s Keir Thomas has written an article listing his top five ‘unknown’ built in apps, three of which include:

  1. Keychain Access, which allows you to store login details, and which will remind you of any details that you may have forgotten. You’ll find it in the Utilities folder under Applications.
  2. Stickies, which are effectively Post-it notes for your desktop. You’ll find it under Applications.
  3. Migration Assistant, which allows you to transfer data from a variety of Mac and PCs on a shared network. You’ll find it in the Utilities folder under Applications.

By and large, Apple fans have no reason to be disappointed in OS X Mavericks, nor do they have any reason to fear it. However, they should exercise care when downloading the operating system to external drives.

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Do You Have a Data Backup and Recovery Plan?

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We live in the information age; nothing is more important than data. This is something that businesses have known since time began, but that doesn’t mean they have plans in place to protect critical information. Most businesses know enough to create backups of their data, but that’s as far as the plan goes. Ideally, all businesses (no matter how big or small) should have a comprehensive data backup and recovery plan. This includes all the proper precautionary measures that need to be taken to protect data, as well as a plan to ensure business continuity while data is being professionally recovered from damaged hardware and software.

How do you go about creating a data backup and recovery plan?

Start by assessing your data.

  • How much do you have?
  • Where is it stored?
  • How is it stored?
  • How much of it is used on a regular basis?
  • How much is out of date?
  • How much is duplicated or redundant?
  • What data is actually used?
  • How often does it change?

After your assessment, you can prioritise your data and determine your data backup needs.

There are several different types of backups:

  • Full backups
  • Copy backups
  • Differential backups
  • Incremental backups
  • Daily backups

You should use a combination of backups; for example, full backups once a week with daily incremental backups. Your exact combination will depend on the nature of your business, the amount of data to be saved, the regularity with which it changes, and its importance.

According to Network World’s Matt Lafferty, your backup plan should include:

  • Backup software, which can protect file servers and databases, and which should help businesses continue operating even if some systems have to be taken in for professional hard drive recovery or repair.
  • Backup systems, which can be tape-based or disk-based. It’s quicker to recover data from disks, but tapes are still cheaper and can be more reliable.
  • Data deduplication, which compresses or reduces the space required to save data across multiple devices and environments.
  • A data archiving plan, which saves and backs up data according to its priority level and its demand.
  • A disaster recovery plan, which includes storing data offsite, outsourcing backups, and using virtual servers or cloud-based backup systems.

Test your plan

It does your business no good at all if you have what you think is a comprehensive backup and recovery plan only to find that it bombs at the first hint of disaster. Justin James says that one of the biggest mistakes that companies make is not testing their plan.

There are several reasons to test your plan. For starters, you need to see if the various software, hardware, and cloud systems work as promised. You also need to see if it works practically for your business. You may find that the lag is too long between disaster and uptime, or you may find that your important data is not as accessible as it should be after a disaster. You then want to retest the plan on a semi-regular basis to ensure that no bugs have crept into the system.

Have you given serious thought to a data backup and recovery plan for your business? If not then perhaps you should clear your schedule for the next few days to ensure that your critical data is safe. After all, data recovery companies can only help you after a disaster has occurred; it’s up to you to proactively protect your data.


Should Your Format Your Hard Drive?

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The short answer is no; at least you shouldn’t format it yourself. Formatting your hard drive erases all of your data, and unless you do it properly the chances are good that you will lose something essential. There are instances when your hard drive has to be formatted, but in that case you should always take it to a professional.

Let’s look a little more closely at formatting, why it might be necessary, and what it does.

When is it necessary?

There are several scenarios that require formatting.

1)     You want to increase your storage space by adding a new hard disk drive.

2)     You’ve accumulated so much junk that your computer operates at slower-than-snail-speed.

3)     You’ve contracted a serious infection that is resistant to everything you’ve thrown at it.

4)     Your operating system is on the fritz (it refuses to boot, or boots normally and then crashes when the mood takes it).

5)     You’re getting registry errors.

What does formatting do?

At a basic level, it wipes your computer clean and gives it a fresh start. This means that it deletes all of your files, everything from your operating system and your music playlists to your bookmarks and history. And this means that you need to make backups of everything – everything.

Now, it is possible for professionals to recover data from a formatted hard drive, but why would you want to put yourself under that kind of stress? It’s far better to go to a professional company and get it done properly in the first place.

If you absolutely have to do it yourself

If you fancy your computer skills you can try to format your computer yourself, but make sure that you take the following precautions:

  • Make a written list of all your files and all the software installed on your PC.
  • Backup all of your files and check the completed backups against your list.
  • Make a copy of your drivers.
  • Ensure that you have all the necessary CDs and licence keys. These are the disks that will reinstall your operating system and your drivers and assorted software, and ensure that you can still connect your printer and scanner and fax to your PC.
  • As soon as you have reformatted your drive, reinstall your operating system and follow it by reinstalling antivirus software. You don’t want to leave your good-as-new PC vulnerable for a second. Then you should get online and update your antivirus software and security patches.

Should formatting be a regular occurrence?

Not necessarily. Some people, usually IT uber-professionals (power-users) who are obsessed with performance, swear by formatting their PCs two, three or even four times a year. They might not do a complete format every time, but they like to keep their systems clean, uncluttered, and fast.

Regular Joes, however, tend not to download every version of every software package available, and they tend not to add hard disk drives to increase storage capacity every couple of months. So they might not need to format their drives until things start to go wrong.

If you’re not sure whether your hard drive needs to be formatted, or you want to increase your storage space but don’t trust your computer skills, always consult a professional.


Why choose expert Data Recovery Services over just Doing-It-Yourself?

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Data Recovery is like fixing your own car. Would you do it yourself?

Being the do-it-yourself Aussie is ideal for many kinds of problem solving… but what do you really know about Data Recovery? To illustrate this point, let’s look at something we all think we know enough about like cars.

Most people have a better idea of what could be wrong with their car that breaks down than when their server or computer flashes blue screens of death, goes on the fritz, frys or smokes. We know that mechanics fix cars because they know where to isolate problems quickly, they understand the mechanics intimately, have many expensive tools to effectively do their jobs and have a lot of experience fixing the same or similar problems to your car troubles. So too do Data Recovery experts about your computer hard disks, servers or Raid devices.

What would be the point of trying then to fix your car yourself or pay the lowest bidder to try and fix it for you? In 90% of DIY cases like this whether it is a car or a computer hard drive, the operative word “try” implies a limited degree of success which shrinks as the complexity of the task increases. This all sounds like common sense doesn’t it? One would think so but for some reason, this same, sound logic is not applied to the often more complex and costly risks of applying effective and professional Data Recovery services to retrieve vital and often irreplaceable data and information.

Data Detect is Australia’s premier Data Recovery service provider and there are some VERY good reasons why you should consider at the very least contacting them to find out what your data recovery options are. Some great reasons include that you’ll:

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Data being recovered from faulty

  1. Get a Free Assessment by a trained and experienced Data Detect technician. A friendly Data Detect technician will very quickly be able to tell you what the potential problem(s) are and whether or not they can help you with your Data Recovery requirements. This can be performed often in minutes compared with the hours and days (and possibly never) that you would have taken trying to identify yourself. Enjoy this expert advice and fast problem identification free of charge.
  2. Get back to your work while the Data Detect professionals do theirs. By employing the expert experience, advice and services of Data Detect you’ll be able to get back to work with the peace of mind that you now have the very best chance of retrieving your data without the risk and time required to try and do it yourself.
  3. Enjoy a speedy recovery. Data Detect will recover as much of your data as possible in record time – often days or even weeks faster than any other method, software or amateur can equal. If it’s physically and programmatically possible to recover your data, Data Detect will do it.
  4. Feel secure with a No Recovery / No Pay Policy. In the rare case where a data recovery is not possible, you are not liable to pay a cent for Data Detect’s efforts and time. Then you’ll know that everything that is possible has been done to retrieve your data without there being any cost or time loss to you in finding this out yourself.

At the end of the day, you’ve got an important decision to make. If your data is really important to you and you need it back fast, then be smart and minimise your risk, save time and money by employing the professionals. Contact Data Detect’s now and receive a free and accurate assessment of your data recovery requirements.


Mac Data Recovery Services from Data Detect

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So if that beautiful Mac machine or Mac device of yours suddenly stops and doesn’t respond, smokes or breaks down, your best bet (besides keeping your head) to recovering your precious and irreplaceable data is to start looking for professional Mac data recovery services.

How would you know if you are an ideal candidate for Mac Data Recovery Services? Are any of the following thoughts steaming through your head:

My Mac doesn’t even switch on!
I can see or smell smoke coming from my machine!
I dropped my machine and now it wont turn on!
My machine has suffered water or fire damage!
My Mac simply won’t boot up / I cant access my OS-X operating system!
I’ve accidentally formatted my Mac hard drive or a drive patrician that had important data on it!
There are strange clicking sounds coming from my Mac / device!
My Mac applications keep crashing or won’t run at all!
I think my computer has been infected by a virus!
I’ve accidentally deleted files and / or directories!
I can’t hear my hard disk spinning!

If they are, then you have some important choices to make. If you can access and run the Mac Disk Utility (available on Mac OS-X), you can create a virtual disk that may restore your Mac system to a previous working state. If this fails (or you can’t even access it) and you are technically savvy and have the time to try and perform Mac data recovery yourself, then there are demo versions of data recovery software out there that might assist you. Once you have determined whether or not a specific software is right for your particular problem (presuming you know exactly what the problem is of course), then you would need to purchase the software and attempt a Mac data recovery yourself.

The data recovery of important information is not a straight forward process and it is not recommended that you take your Mac down to the local cyber jack computer store geek or even attempt to perform a Mac Data Recovery yourself unless you really know what you’re doing. Problems involving deleted data recovery for example can be very complex and the wrong approach can lead to even more damage.

So although DIY is the cheaper option, if you value your time and time is money you may end up spending a lot of it trying to do something yourself that may result in you loosing that precious data forever – not to mention the frustration and inconvenience the whole experience will unnecessarily create. It really makes sense to search out professional data recovery services from reputable data recovery companies and find the one that will best suit you.

At Data Detect we understand that Mac people are in a league of there own and that they really do love their Mac computers and technology with a fierceness hard to find in the PC world. Data Detect’s Mac data recovery services are expertly applied by Mac orientated technicians who live and breathe Mac technology. So when you bring your data woes to Data Detect, you’ll be deal with a sophisticated, fully certified and trained Mac technician that intimately understands not only the Mac OS-X operating system and Mac hardware, but also how important your information, data, and media is to you.

With Data Detect, a professional and free assessment of your Mac device will be conducted without the fee being built into your final quoted amount. What’s more is you’ll only pay an agreed reasonable fee once a successful Mac data recovery of your information has been performed to your satisfaction. No recovery, no bill! If you need to recover data and want it back, contact Data Detect for professional Mac Data Recovery Services today.


Data Recovery and Raid Recovery Specialists launch new Website

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The data recovery of information you’ve stored on your personal laptop can alleviate the untold sorrow of permanently loosing sentimental information. Similarly, a successful RAID recovery can literally save your business from going bust if your servers suddenly come crashing to an unexpected halt.

The reality is that for various and often inexplicable reasons, data and information can get itself into a whole lot of apparently irretrievable trouble.

Fortunately, with the launch of their new national website, Data Detect is a dedicated provider of specialised Data Recovery and RAID Recovery services that can quickly and affordably return that precious data to you from most kinds of data storing devices.
Through Data Detect’s new website, access a powerful online knowledge base made up of FAQs, Articles and Blog Posts that will get you in the know quickly and authoritatively on all things related to data and data recovery. More importantly though, those of us biting our nails for help can begin to breath easy by accessing their many convenient channels of getting in touch with us to begin the process of solving a data loss related problem. Get an online quote, send them a sms from your mobile for an instant call back or even chat to a customer agent online.

Data Detect’s Data recovery and RAID Data Recovery technicians are certified and highly experienced to provide professional services to solve most data loss issues from standard operating and media systems to highly complex RAID servers and antiquated legacy systems gone wrong.

A professional and free assessment of your problem will be performed, and unlike other companies, the fee is not built into your final quoted amount. To top this all off, you pay an agreed, reasonable fee only once your data has been recovered to your satisfaction.

If you think you’ve lost your data, get Data Detect’s Data Recovery or RAID recovery services now. With a no obligation, no fee unless your data is returned and a 100% Quality guaranteed service from the industry professionals of Australia, what have you got to loose?

Issues with Seagate 7200.11 hard disk drives

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SEAGATES FLAGSHIP desktop Barracuda 7200.11 drives, in particular the 1TB (ST31000340AS) units, are failing at an alarming rate and prompting outrage from their faithful customers.

A new self-bricking feature apparently resides in faulty firmware microcode which will rear its ugly head sometime at boot detection. Essentially the drive will be working as normal for a while, then – out of the blue – it’ll brick itself to death. The next time you reboot your computer the drive will simply lock itself up as a failsafe and won’t be detected by the BIOS. In other words, there’s power, spin-up, but no detection to enable booting.

Naturally the Seagate forums (as well as many other customer-driven forums, like retailers and hardware sites) are flooded with testimonies of customers’ experiences with Seagate support. These are helpful enough to ship you a new drive, as per the warranty, but invariably the drives end up bricking as well.

Data Detect are reporting that there’s a very high rate of failure on these drives. One user in particular reports having set up a 6 TB drive array and over the course of 1 month having half the drives fail on him. No official stats are available, but at least one RMA middleman has told us there’s about 30-40% failure rates.

According to data recovery experts Seagate has diagnosed the problem and issued a new firmware to address it. However, drives that have already been affected can’t have the firmware applied to them due to their locked-down status.

Users are extra-peeved because beyond the usual RMA drill, if they want to recover the data on those drives they can get stuck with a hefty data recovery bill to pay.

Drive origin and firmware seem to be Thailand and SD15, but at least one user reports having had identical problems with a unit from the Wuxi(ng) fab and the SD35 firmware.

Of course clients have mailed and called Seagate about this, but it seems their execs are too busy to pick up the phone or write back. We’ll just refer them to that longstanding truth that good names are built over years and shattered in seconds. Data Detect is able to recover from these problems and has been doing so since the problems arose. In conjunction with its partners Data Detect have a cost effective solution to retrieve its clients data in quick time.

Contact Data Detect in Sydney Australia on 02 99294822 for further details

Your CD/DVD data has a limited shelf life!

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How many of us leave our CD’s and DVD’s in the car or on our desk exposed to sunlight and high temperatures? Contrary to popular belief, your data written on this type of media has a limited shelf life.

According to the National Media Lab, you can expect CD’s to last up to 50 yrs and DVD’s up to 25 yrs.

The dye layer that is altered to accept a laser beam when data is written is composed of organic matter. This dye layer breaks down over time and the process is speeded up considerably with humidity, high temperatures and exposure to light. Makes you think twice about leaving your important data and backups in unfavourable conditions!

In recent studies, dye type has been proven to play a crucial role in the longevity of your data on magnetic and laser recorded media. In the study, samples of CD’s that contained the dye phthalocyanine lasted longer than those that didn’t contain this dye type.
You might be asking the question, “How do I know if my DVD’s and CD’s contain this dye layer?” Simply put, you need to stick with well known quality brands. These brands have been tested against high temperatures and humidity. Even though it has been advised not to expose your media to these conditions, should it happen, you have less of a chance of data loss.

Media that was produced using outdated equipment and processes will not stand the test of time. Of course you will find the price more affordable, but in the long run it pays to buy quality brand media to keep your data and memories safe.

In the event of data loss on magnetic and laser recorded media, Data Detect can assist you. We are a Sydney based data recovery company, with more than 20 years experience in the field. We recover data from most medias including: CD-ROM, CD R/W, DVD-R, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM disks. For a comprehensive list, view all media and operating systems.

Get Data Detect – a professional, experienced data recovery company to help you retrieve important lost data from CD’s and DVD’s. Give one of our highly experienced data recovery engineers a call or simply fill out a no obligation quote on the top banner of our website.

Data Loss!! What do I do now?

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Data loss is one of the risks of modern technology. Most companies and individuals will face data loss sooner or later. Although back-ups are made, there is always a risk of hard drive failure.

You can imagine the chaos when critical data is lost, and it needs to be recovered as quickly as possible. Data detect aims to do just this – recover your data quickly and safely.

If you have forgotten to back-up important files, consider using our reputable and experienced data recovery services.

We offer professional and quality file retrieval for almost any kind of modern technology. For example:

• single hard drive or multiple RAID drives
• Interfaces: IDE, EIDE, Serial ATA (SATA), SCSI, SAS
• The following brands: Maxtor, Western Digital, Seagate, IBM & Hitachi, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Samsung, Iomega, Lacie.

In the event of data loss:

1. Give us a call or request a quote
2. Book your media on quote approval.
3. To avoid any further damage we request that you following our packing guidelines
4. Remember – we only charge if we recover the data

Once we have received your hard dive, a free diagnostic evaluation determines whether the media device is accessible to our equipment. A clone of your hard drive is then made and the recovery begins. We use proprietary software and in-house techniques to recover your data.
Your data is then written to any media of your choice (external hard drive, CD, DVD, tape, etc.) and delivered back to you. Our team will provide you with simple instructions on how to access and reinstall your recovered data. Data Detect’s technical support staff are available for assistance should you have any queries or comments.

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