• Posted on: 1/24/2012

    VMware Recovery

    Here at 24 Hour Data, we like to advocate three forms of data back-up to avoid the need for emergency data recovery. Now, new vStorage APIs for Data Protection from VMware have made it even easier to back up your data from your VMware virtual machines running vSphere.

    These new APIs let you perform full, differential and incremental image back-up and restore functions on virtual machines using Windows and Linux OS across multiple vSphere hosts or virtual machines without requiring separate agents in each environment.

    vStorage APIs make back up faster, easier, and more cost-effective with a centralized backup solution. You can reduce your dependency on back up windows and run back-ups with virtually no downtime. You can even run back-ups while others are logged in and using applications on the virtual machines.

    Virtual Machines Grow in Popularity in 2012
    As virtual machines become even more popular to help companies  reduce the physical size of their server farms and achieve faster processing and more storage at lower costs, it's important to know that you have support staff you can trust. Your IT staff knows the intricacies of virtualization, but they're not experts in data recovery.

    When something goes wrong with your VMware virtual machine, we'd like you to think of 24 Hour Data as your IT team's best friend in a time of crisis. We'll recover your data promptly, whether it's been days, hours or minutes since your last back-up. And you can even save money by joining our partner program, which offers your IT staff discounts and referral commissions on every data recovery they send our way.  

  • Posted on: 1/19/2012

    SSD Recovery

    Storage Visions 2012, an Entertainment Storage Alliance Event, will take place just prior to the International CES. The Storage Visions show will be held at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas January 8 - 9, one day before CES begins at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

    While CES showcases all consumer electronics trends and products, Storage Visions is devoted to exploring the new technology and challenges faced by the storage media industry.

    The theme of this year's event is Heavy Storage for Thin Clients, and focuses on cloud-based storage vs. local storage as well as cost-effective solutions for storage of the massive amounts of content created by businesses and consumers today. 

    The conference will explore how  digital content will be created, protected and stored in the future, and will feature keynote speeches, forums and more from industry leaders, including representatives from SanDisk, Micron, SeaChange International, DiskTrend, Samsung and many others.

    Some of the challenges in this new era of data storage include managing the convergence of digital content creation and storage, especially as resolution of digital media increases and it becomes easier for anyone to create high quality content.

    As new storage methods evolve, it becomes even more important to have a reliable source for data recovery services. Today's storage media are extremely complex; data recovery, especially physical recovery, should not be attempted by anyone other than professionals to minimize the risk of catastrophic data loss.

    As leaders in the data recovery industry, 24 Hour Data will keep you posted on new technology introduced at the show and we will explore trends discussed during the event in future posts. 

  • Posted on: 1/16/2012

    Flash Drive Recovery

    Have you ever lost the cap to a USB or thumb drive and then needed data recovery when sensitive components got bent or damaged?

    USB drive manufacturers EMTEC and Dane-elec may have the solution to data loss caused by a damaged USB drive with clickable and cap-less USB flash drives.

    EMTEC C600 and C650 Flash Drives

    EMTEC C600 and C650 flash drives “click” open like a ballpoint pen, so there's no cap to lose. The C650 offers USB 3.0 performance for applications where fast data transfer is a must. It's available in storage capacities from 8 to 64GB. The C600 is a USB 2.0 version of the same concept, with storage capacities up to 16GB.

    EMTEC will be showcasing the new technology at the International CES in January 2012.

    Dane-Elec Cap-Less USB to Prevent Lost Data

    Dane-elec's cap-less USB drive incorporates the body, delicate solid state storage, and the cap all in one piece. Simply pull the plastic piece back toward you to reveal the USB hub, and push forward to close it and protect your data.

    It comes in sizes from 2 to 32GB and makes a great gift, according to the tech writers at

    Handle USB Drives with Care to Avoid the Need for Data Recovery Services

    Any flash drive should still be handled with care, and never removed from a computer during use, since this could result in file corruption and loss of data. 

    These new capless drives may protect your data if the flash drive is accidentally put in the washing machine. You also don't have to worry about losing the cap and then potentially losing the data by crushing or bending the delicate USB hub.

    If something does happen to the data stored on your USB drive, give us a call for a free diagnostic. 

  • Posted on: 1/11/2012

    Duracell Flash recovery 

    Photographers and flash memory cards go hand-in-hand. Professional photographers -- especially wedding, event and family photographers -- carry extensive insurance to cover data recovery costs or, worst case, data loss, if something should happen to their flash memory cards and the irreplaceable photo memories stored on them.

    Duracell gets in on the flash memory game with a special line of flash memory cards designed with pro photographers in mind. The Pro Photo line of Compact Flash (CF) and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) cards work fast to complement the performance of today's professional and pro-sumer DSLR cameras. The SDHC cards transfer image files directly from camera to card for fast operation. The CF cards read up to 90 MB per second.

    This advanced technology requires the most up-to-date data recovery methods if something goes wrong. Flash memory cards can suffer all kinds of damage, including file corruption, water damage, shock damage and even getting crushed, resulting in catastrophic data loss and the need for emergency data recovery. 

    We get calls from professional photographers at all hours of day and night for our data recovery services. It makes our day to save someone's priceless wedding memories -- and possibly save a business, as well! Photographers rely heavily on word-of-mouth, and lost photos could mean lost future business.

    We know your photos are important, too. Whether you're a professional or just like capturing family memories (and decide to use some of the best technology available to do so), 24 Hour Data provides reliable, affordable data recovery for all forms of flash media, including the latest in CF and SDHC flash memory card technology. 

  • Posted on: 1/09/2012

    RAID 0 Recovery           RAID 1 Recovery

    Several different types of RAID arrays exist. If you are new to RAID technology, setting up a RAID server in your home or for your small business, or have just never encountered RAID before, the different levels can be confusing.

    Two common terms used in RAID arrays are “mirroring” and “striping.” What do they mean?

    Striping In RAID Arrays

    When you use striping to write data to the hard disk drives in a RAID array, you divide the data (in stripes) across the various drives. A RAID 0 array uses two or more hard drives and stripes data across all drives. This provides the greatest performance and efficiency. The smaller the stripes, the faster the array.

    However, many experts say RAID 0 is not a true RAID array, since it lacks the crucial element of redundancy. One failed hard drive in the array could mean the need for emergency data recovery services.

    You can also use striping techniques with mirroring to deliver a boost in performance and stability. Which brings us to a second term commonly used in RAID technology: Mirroring

    Mirroring in RAID Arrays

    Mirroring is simply when you “mirror” or duplicate data on one hard drive in a RAID array on another drive, creating redundancy and reducing the chances that you'll need emergency RAID recovery if a hard drive in your array fails.

    You can combine striping and mirroring techniques as long as you have an even number of hard disk drives in your RAID array. This creates a RAID system that is both stable and faster than a single hard drive.

    Need Emergency RAID Data Recovery

    Whatever techniques you use in your RAID array, RAID data recovery in the event of catastrophic drive failure is a complicated process. Always trust your RAID data recovery to data recovery professionals. 


  • Posted on: 1/03/2012

    Data Recovery Service

    Today's storage environments, including RAID arrays, VMware, virtual servers and solid state drives (SSDs) are complex, and data recovery often requires more than a do-it-yourself solution.

    When people call us here at 24 Hour Data, they often have concerns that our data recovery services will be expensive. It's true that data recovery -- depending on the storage media -- sometimes costs more than the cost of the storage device (especially if you are talking about a smaller capacity hard disk drive or even a USB drive or flash memory card.)

    But when you are recovering lost data, it is not the cost of the storage media that is of concern -- it's the overall value of the data. 

    Worth More Than the Paper It's Printed On?

    To use an old-fashioned, analog example, the post office will not permit businesses or individuals to insure printed material beyond the cost of the material itself.

    In other words, if a bestselling author were to mail his completed manuscript to a publisher (before we kept back-ups on computers or even word processors) the author could not insure the work for its true value as a potential bestseller, only the cost of the paper it was printed on. (That's why smart authors kept duplicate copies of their submitted work.)

    Evaluating Data Recovery Prices

    If you were to evaluate data recovery pricing based on the cost of the storage media, you'd be making a similar mistake. USB drives sell for less than $10 each. You can pick up a hard disk drive for well under $100. But what is the value of the content (whether it's text, audio or video) on that storage media? This is what you have to evaluate when you decide if data recovery is worth the cost.

    Obviously, if you don't have back-ups in place -- or your back-ups are inaccessible -- a successful data recovery becomes much more critical, and much more valuable to you as a business or an individual.

    Is data recovery expensive? At 24 Hour Data, we keep our prices affordable to be able to provide services to a wide range of businesses and individuals. But if you still believe data recovery is expensive, compare it to the cost (either real or emotional) of losing your data forever. 

  • Posted on: 12/26/2011

    Virtual Recovery

    Virtualization, the process where a server is set up to act as multiple servers for storage purposes, is a growing trend in the IT world. Data recovery of virtualware (VMWare) and virtualized servers requires specialized knowledge of both data recovery and virtualization processes. Data recovery of a virtual server should not be attempted by anyone but data recovery specialists, to avoid the potential of losing mission critical data.

    However, virtualizing data storage has many benefits that can save your company time and money.

    1. Increase storage capacity for less money, without investing in larger or additional hard drives. RAID arrays that utilize mirroring for redundancy sacrifice at least 50 percent of their storage space. Creating a virtual server increases storage capacity without adding hard disk drives or expensive SSDs 

    2. Make back-ups faster with virtualization software by eliminating drops in communication speeds between the application server and back-up server. Your IT staff will spend less time managing back-ups and your system will experience less downtime.

    3. Add storage space to a database automatically, without the need to call in your IT staff to make manual updates.

    4. Run different operating systems on the same virtual Storage Area Network without hassles or special configurations. 

    5. Save real space in your server farm or equipment rooms with virtual servers.

    6. Save costs on equipment and maintenance as well as energy costs with Virtual Machines.

    7. The snapshots taken by virtual servers can sometimes make disaster recovery easier, but they are not a substitute for regular back-ups or professional data recovery if a hard drive experiences logical or physical damage, or if files are corrupted or accidentally deleted.

    If any of the hard drives in your virtual server begin making strange noises or fail to boot, call data recovery specialists immediately for a free diagnostic to avoid the loss of mission critical data. 


  • Posted on: 12/20/2011

    Seagate Data Recovery

    Hard disk drive and SSD manufacturer Seagate is being recognized as an International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for the company's GoFlex Satellite wireless mobile storage.

    This industry-first portable hard drive for mobile devices, including  smartphones, iPads and other tablets extends the storage capacity of mobile devices without drawing any power from the device. The GoFlex Satellite uses a rechargeable lithium polymer battery and WiFi technology to seamlessly stream media -- including photos and video -- from an Internet enabled mobile device to the hard drive. The GoFlex hard drive connects to mobile devices via the free GoFlex Media app available through iTunes or the Android market, or via a Web browser. The drive holds more than 300 HD videos, making it the perfect companion to smartphones, tablets and iPads with limited storage capabilities as well as a great way to back up your mobile files. 

    Innovation Drives Storage Media

    Several storage devices, including drives from leading manufacturers like Seagate and Samsung, have been recognized in the 2012 International CES Awards. There's no doubt the storage media industry is evolving rapidly.

    With these new storage technologies come new dangers. The more we store on external, portable hard drives, the greater the risk of data loss from shock or water damage or file corruption.

    Data recovery processes must evolve as quickly as storage media technology. It's important to have a data recovery service you can trust. Look for a company with an industry high success rate and a satisfaction guarantee, to ensure you won't lose mission critical data. 

    As more and more of our lives and businesses are stored on solid state drives, flash drives and other hard-to-recover storage media, do-it-yourself data recovery becomes less of an option. When something goes wrong with today's sophisticated storage technology, you need equally sophisticated data recovery professionals to save the day. 


  • Posted on: 12/16/2011

    RAID Recovery

    If you're familiar with RAID arrays, you know that they can be more stable and also faster and more efficient than other hard disk drive or server technologies. But each level of RAID array provides different levels of stability for your system.

    For instance, RAID 0, often considered not to be a true RAID array since it lacks redundancy, may put your mission critical data at risk. Because RAID 0 arrays use striping to increase efficiency and read/write speeds by spreading data bytes across a number of hard disk drives, if one drive in the RAID array fails, you risk losing all your data and requiring emergency data recovery services.

    A RAID 1 array, on the other hand, is extremely stable. If one hard disk drive fails, you can simply copy the data from its mirror drive, avoiding the need for professional RAID data recovery.

    RAID levels 3 and above combine the best traits of data striping, mirroring and parity to create a fairly stable RAID array. If one RAID drive fails, you may be able to do a hot swap and copy the data from its mirrored drive. If more than one RAID drive fails, you may need emergency RAID data recovery services.

    RAID 5 is considered the most popular RAID level, because it uses a sophisticated controller to achieve high read/write speeds and has the stability of a mirrored array. The more drives you have in your RAID array (always added in pairs) the greater your storage capacity and the lower the risk of losing mission critical data, since data is striped across more drives. RAID 5 is often used in Web servers, databases and file servers because of its low cost relative to its performance and stability.

    What level of RAID server do you run? Are you happy with its performance? Do you know what to do if you experience a failed hard drive in your RAID array?


  • Posted on: 12/12/2011

    Samsung Recovery


    Samsung Solid State Drives were voted amongst the most innovative new products this year in the CES Innovation Awards. The Samsung 830 Series solid state drives (SSDs) raise the bar for performance and reliability, reading and writing data up to twice as fast as previous generations of SSDs. These internal drives have a SATA 6Gb/s data interface.

    Samsung 830 Series SSDs have sequential read speeds up to 520MB/sec, according to manufacturer specs, and random read speeds up to 80,000 IOPS.

    Solid state drives are quieter and more energy efficient than hard disk drive technology and, as prices drop and storage capacities rise, are becoming the storage media of choice for many applications.

    Samsung 830 Series SSDs are available in storage capacities of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. These drives, along with other Samsung technology, will be on display at the 2012 International CES from January 10 - 13, 2012 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, and showcased during the Samsung press conference on January 9. 



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