• Posted on: 10/02/2013

    Hard Drive Recovery


    Major hard disk drive manufacturers announced at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, last month, the launch of a new industry association, the Storage Products Association. 

    Seagate®, Western Digital®, HGST® and Toshiba® are the founding members of the organization devoted to helping storage manufacturers and users understand and support current and future storage needs. The organization will emphasize the role hard disk drives continue to play in storage technology innovations, while also promoting solid state and HDD hybrid storage media.

    Hard Disk Drives Are Not Dead
    Even with the prevalence and proliferation of flash media storage, conventional rotating media hard disk drives are not dead. A case in point is Seagate’s newest ultra-slim HDD and a number of new, eco-friendly hybrid drives on the market.

    Of the members of the organization, only Toshiba produces solid state drives. Seagate, WD, and HGST all continue to focus their R&D efforts and new product launches on conventional hard disk storage. 

    The Role of Data Recovery Firms in Storage Media Innovations
    As a top data recovery service, it’s not 24 Hour Data’s role to pass judgment on which storage format is superior: conventional hard disk drives or SSDs. Both have benefits and drawbacks based on users’ budget requirements and storage needs.

    As SSDs grow in popularity, we see growing numbers of solid state recovery cases come into our office, however, we also see plenty of hard disk drives at the end of their life span. Our data recovery engineers are constantly perfecting our SSD recovery techniques, while staying up to date on the latest HDD technology as well. 

    As the storage media market evolves, 24 Hour Data keeps an eye on all the developments in order to continue to develop the most effective, fastest, cutting edge data recovery techniques for new and emerging media. Our data recovery specialists stay on top of new and evolving forms of storage media, including conventional hard disk drives in new, slimmer formats; hybrid drives; flash memory storage, and SSDs.

    At the same time, through this blog and our informative website pages, we strive to keep consumers of storage media educated by debunking myths and misconceptions about popular storage methods and letting readers know about the newest products. In this regard, our social media mission and the mission of SPA is the same.

    We wish the manufacturers involved in SPA much success moving forward, and we’ll continue keeping our readers and customers up to date on their efforts in the storage industry. 

  • Posted on: 9/23/2013

    3D Flash Recovery


    Samsung® is leading the race in the development of solid state drives (SSD) using 3D NAND Flash memory, but rivals Toshiba and Micron are hot on the manufacturer’s heels.
    What’s the big deal about 3D flash?

    3D NAND Flash: Surpassing Physical Limitations
    Flash memory has already met or surpassed Moore’s Law, the technology rule that stated the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles every two years and has since broadened to indicate that the performance of a technology (whether that means, speed, storage capacity or some other measurement) will double every two years.
    Since the development of NAND flash in 1980, storage capacity has expanded to 64 thousand times the original.
    However, conventional, 2D flash is nearing the end of this rapid growth period due to technological limitations relating to the size of the control electrodes and the gates within each floating gate transistor.
    3D NAND flash overcomes this problem by creating more room to move vertically, by storing the charge not on a floating gate, but on an embedded film of silicon nitride. The film is thicker and more robust, minimizing the possibilities of read/write errors.

    3D NAND: Bigger, Faster, Greener
    3D NAND flash offers more than just theoretically greater storage capacity and more reliability. Samsun’s new 3D V-NAND flash memory is purported to read and write twice as fast as 2D NAND chips, last 10 times longer and also use 50 percent less power. Bigger, faster, and greener… it’s hard to ask for more from the next evolution of storage media.

    What’s Next?
    Samsung’s V-NAND flash is available in the company’s 480 GB and 960GB solid state drives as samples for enterprise level customers. Meanwhile, competitors lag a bit behind.

    Toshiba just completed construction on a new flash fabrication facility at its Yokkaichi Operations facility in Mie Prefecture and, according to news releases, commercial production is expected to begin on 3D NAND flash in 2014, with some prototypes already in existence.

    In this news release, ( Micron executives said that production of 3D NAND flash should begin in early 2014, as well.

    It’s safe to say that by early 2015, if not sooner, 3D NAND flash will be available from a choice of manufacturers in solid state drives available for enterprise-level and home use. 

    24 Hour Data Develops 3D NAND Flash Recovery Methods
    Just as manufacturers study NAND flash and 3D NAND flash to develop the best data storage devices, 24 Hour Data’s data recovery engineers research the technology to develop successful data recovery techniques as soon as 3D NAND flash devices hit the market.

    Trust 24 Hour Data to recover lost data from solid state drives using NAND, V-NAND, and 3D NAND flash memory, with high success rates and fair pricing. 

  • Posted on: 9/17/2013

    RAID Recovery


    More and more homes and businesses are relying on RAID servers for their durability, reliability, and increased storage capacity. Less complex to manage than a virtual server, yet providing the benefits of redundancy, improved read/write times and greater storage capacity through connected drives, RAID arrays are becoming the technology of choice for big data as well as home movie, music and other media collections.

    But when a hard disk drive in a RAID array fails, it puts strain on the other disks and can lead to complete RAID array failure. When this occurs, it’s typically outside the realm of do-it-yourself data recovery to successfully restore the lost data, re-build and re-initialize the array.

    That’s why you want to be able to turn to a data recovery service you can trust when you need RAID recovery. Here are some questions to ask: 

    “Do you have expertise in all forms and levels of RAID recovery?”

    RAID arrays differ in the way they store data on hard disks in the array, the controller used, and the number of drives in the array. A data recovery service with extensive RAID knowledge should be familiar with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID  10, and all other RAID levels up to 50.  This ensures the data recovery specialists can keep up with changing technology and offer the most effective recovery techniques for your RAID array.

    “What does your facility due to ensure the security of my recovered data?”

    If you’re a business owner or IT professional who relies on RAID servers for storing your company’s most critical, financially sensitive or otherwise top secret data, you don’t want that data to be exposed after it’s recovered. Ask about security protocols within the building. No one short of the NSA should be able to access your data after it’s recovered until it leaves the facility on a new drive to be returned to you.

    “What happens if you can’t recover my data?”

    The success rate at 24 Hour Data remains unmatched in the industry, but today’s drives are harder than ever before to recover. We maintain our “no data, no charge” policy, that guarantees we will recover your lost data or there’s no charge to you.

    With our success rate and our promise, you can’t go wrong if you need RAID recovery for your business or home server. 

  • Posted on: 9/10/2013

    Seagate Recovery


    The new Seagate hard disk drive, tailor made for laptop computers and tablets, is now shipping

    in Dell computers and other popular devices. The Seagate® Laptop Ultrathin HDD is just 5mm and has up to 500GB of storage capacity. The 2.5-inch drive weighs only 3.3oz., so it doesn’t add significantly to the weight of today’s mobile devices like tablets, phablets and slim notebook computers. 

    According to Seagate, the drive is as thin as four credit cards in a stack and lighter than a deck of playing cards.

    Features of the New Seagate Hard Disk Drive
    The storage industry has been eagerly awaiting this “world’s thinnest” HDD since it was introduced in September 2012, and it began shipping this summer. The drive:

    - can store more than 100,000 photos, 125,000 songs or 62 hours of HD video, making it perfect for business owners and professionals on the road, families, and individuals who want to bring their media collection with them wherever they go

    - uses a 6Gb/s SATA interface with industry-standard SATA connections for easy integration into laptops that support HDD and SSD storage

    - has available SED encryption to keep your data private and secure

    Seagate Data Recovery Services
    The new Seagate HDD looks to fill a gap in the marketplace for OEM partners and anyone looking for the slim profile and lightweight of a Solid State Drive, but isn’t yet ready to make that transition to SSD for whatever reason.

    24 Hour Data has been a leader in the realm of hard disk data recovery for nearly 20 years, and maintains an industry-high success rate for Seagate® hard disk recovery. As new drives come on the market employing new technology, 24 Hour Data continues innovating new data recovery methods to improve recovery rates and recovery times, so business owners and individuals can get their lost data back even faster. 

  • Posted on: 8/09/2013

    Dallas Data Recovery


    24 Hour Data was started in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, servicing local Dallas small businesses, the IT departments of larger corporations and organizations and, of course, families and individuals. Our first state-of-the art data recovery facility was built in Dallas, with a certified clean room environment in an SAS 70 Type II compliant facility, the corporate industry's standard for an overall control structure. 

    But we've been expanding rapidly, providing local data recovery services to customers in Houston, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and New York. What does this mean for our customers? 

    We Handle the Shipping
    You can drop off your hard disk, smartphone, tablet, iPhone, RAID array, Mac, SSD, flash memory, USB drive or any other storage media or device and we will get it safely to our nearest, security-complaint, clean room-certified data recovery facility. You won't have to worry about packaging or shipping it safely, since we'll do all the work. 

    From the second you drop off your storage device with our data recovery professionals until the moment we recover it and ship it back, your data is safe and secure in our hands. 

    Personalized, Local Service
    Some individuals and business owners just like working with a local company. Whether it's to support the local economy or because they feel safer dealing with a local data recovery service, our regional offices make this possible for people across the country, from New York to L.A. and a number of points in between.

    Get the local service you need with the support and expertise of a national firm behind every data recovery. That's the 24 Hour Data difference we bring to our customers across the country. 

  • Posted on: 8/06/2013

    RAID 5 Recovery


    Our customers often come to 24 Hour Data for RAID data recovery, as our data recovery specialists are tops in RAID data recovery nationwide and in their regions, including Dallas-Fort Worth, New York, Oklahoma City, Houston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. 


    Since we maintain client confidentiality for all data recovery cases, we can't share the exact details, but we can share a summary of our customers' common concerns, a typical conversation our data recovery specialists have when they answer the phones at all hours, day and night, here at 24 Hour Data. 


    “I lost all my family's movies and all the data stored in my RAID array. It was on a NAS server in a RAID 5 configuration. One of the drives was getting hot, so I added a fan beneath the drive. Of course, I turned it off first. When I turned on the server again, two drives had failed and the third was missing. I went online and found a do-it-yourself data recovery... Big mistake! I don't know what else to do.” 


    Our data recovery specialist patiently listens to the story ands set the customer's mind at ease by letting him know we can help. We request the makes and models of the hard disk drives, take down his information, and instruct him on how to start a data recovery by mailing us the drive. If he's local, we may suggest he can drop it off for even faster service and greater peace-of-mind. 


    Avoiding Data Loss
    The customer above did the right thing by adding a fan to his hard disk to avoid hard disk failure. But he should have backed up his data first to avoid potential data loss. 


    Then, whether his upgrade was successful or not, he could have re-initialized the RAID array and re-installed his data with just a few hours of additional work, less stress and no panic. 


    Recognize the signs of a RAID array about to fail, including hard disk in danger of overheating, loud clicking or whirring noises or a RAID array that fails to boot up. 


    Don't attempt do-it-yourself data recovery because you reduce the odds that we'll be able to get your data back safely. When we have to recover data from drives that have been re-booted, overwritten, or have been subjected to do-it-yourself data recovery software, it often takes us more time, which means greater cost to the customer. That's the bad news.


    The good news is that, in the highest % of cases in the industry, we can recover data from failed hard disk drives, so your important data won't be gone forever. That success rate is peace-of-mind you can trust. 

  • Posted on: 8/01/2013

    Data Recovery Process



    Conventional hard disk drives don't always meet the needs for the storage of today's big data, from mission criticalfor organizations, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies to families storing music, movies and photos. But Solid State Drives still tend to be a costly solution when a business or individual requires multiple terrabytes of storage capacity. For more and more storage media manufacturers, hybrid drives are becoming the obvious answer for this growing market segment. 


    Two top names in hard disk and solid state drive development recently announced the release of hybrid Solid State/Hard Disk Drive storage devices. 


    Toshiba Hybrid Drives for Slim Notebooks

    Toshiba Corporation released the 7mm high, slim hybrid drive family, starting with the MQ01ABFH, available in 320 GB and 500 GB capacities. This 2.5-inch hybrid drive is ideal for ultra-thin notebook computers. 


    The drive is equipped with Toshiba's NAND flash memory, using a tiered storage approach that combines the speed of the DRAM and NAND components with high-capacity rotating media for SSD-like performance without external drivers. Caching algorithms manage data stored in the NAND flash memory for faster responsiveness. The drive was introduced on the heels of the 1TB and 750GB 9.5mm models. 


    Super Talent Releases NAS-Compatible External Drives

    Storage media manufacturer Super Talent has launched two new hybrid storage solutions driven through a PCIe interface, for use in desktop computers as well as NAS solutions and servers. The PP4192C12H is a 2.5-inch, 1TB hard drive, while its big brother, the PP4192C23H is a 2TB, 3.5-inch drive. Both units employ a 192 GB caching SSD, balancing the greater performance of SSD devices with the greater capacity and lower cost of conventional hard disk drives. 


    24 Hour Data: Experts in Hybrid Drive Recovery
    As hybrid drives, using components of Solid State and conventional hard disk drives, grow in popularity, 24 Hour Data's data recovery engineers work round-the-clock to device the fastest, most efficient, and most reliable data recovery methods for hybrid drives, RAID storage and NAS storage devices. 

    Whether you suffer catastrophic failure and data loss from storms, power surges, forces of Nature, accidental deletion or even unexplained hard disk failure, 24 Hour Data is on call to help. Storage media is changing, but 24 Hour Data's commitment to fast, affordable, complete data recovery service remains the same. 

  • Posted on: 7/23/2013

    Seagate Recovery


    Network Attached Storage is “big,” as in, a good solution for the big data storage needs of small businesses and organizations and the ever-increasing storage requirements of families who have digitized their music, photo and movie collections onto home servers. But many NAS devices don't come with their own internal hard drive, leaving consumers and IT directors with yet another purchasing decision to make.

    Enter Seagate. The leading storage solutions manufacturer has introduced a new line of NAS storage products, appropriately named (drumroll, please...) Seagate NAS HDD. The name can't get much easier to remember and the purpose can't be more obvious. Designed for home servers, NAS solutions, small business file sharing and backup servers, the drives will be available in capacities up to 4TB. 


    The drives have a 5900 RPM spin rate and use an SATA3 interface. A five-bay NAS enclosure built with 4TB drives can store up to 20 TB of data. Boasting near-silent operation, plug-and-play installation, and fast read rates, the drives will come with a three-year manufacturer warranty. With a mean time of 1 million hours before failure, it will be a while before you can expect to call 24 Hour Data for service or data recovery. But when you do, our HDD data recovery specialists will be ready, with all the tools for NAS hard drive data recovery at our disposal. 


    If you're ready to make the jump to NAS storage in your home or small business, these new hard disk drives may be the solution. 

  • Posted on: 7/11/2013

    WD Data Recovery


    Western Digital has announced plans to acquire Solid State Disk manufacturer sTec, Inc. for $340 million in cash. sTec will be merged into the Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) division. The merger was unanimously agreed upon by sTec's board of directors and now sits in the hands of stockholders. The deal is expected to go through in the third or fourth quarter of 2013. 


    A Brief History of WD

    Storage media giant Western Digital has been a leader in storage technology virtually since its inception. Although the company experienced a slump in the 1990s, the new century brought new success to the global leader. 

    In 2001, Western Digital introduced high performance mainstream ATA hard disk drives, with 8MB of cache vs. 2MB of disk buffer available in other models available at the time. Performance of WD products ramped up again in 2003, when the company offered the first 10,000 rpm Serial ATA hard disk drives, with an average access time of less than 6 milliseconds. Western Digital products became widely recognized and acclaimed for inexpensive enterprise and home storage servers. 


    More Western Digital Milestones 

    Along with groundbreaking product development, strategic acquisitions have long been a part of Western Digital's success. 


    - In 2007, WD acquired magnetic media manufacturer Komag

    -  In 2009, Western Digital broke data storage capacity limits, being the first to ship a 2TB internal hard disk drive.

    - Also in 2009, Western Digital entered the Solid State Drive market by acquiring Siliconsystems, Inc. 

    - In 2010, WD developed the first 3TB internal HDD.

    - In 2012, Western Digital acquired HGST to become the world's largest hard disk drive manufacturer


    The acquisition of sTEC will cement Western Digital's place in the future of storage media, paving the way for the hard disk manufacturer to also lead the field in development and manufacturing of solid state drives and other high-tech storage products. 


    24 Hour Data and Western Digital: On the Cutting Edge

    24 Hour Data's hard disk drive recovery specialists have always stayed on top of data recovery techniques for Western Digital hard disk drives. As storage capacities increase, effective data recovery methods become crucial for Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, organizations and even families, storing mission critical data on hard disk drives and RAID drives. 


    As WD takes the next step in its evolution, 24 Hour Data's data recovery research and development teams will be right there to perfect our data recovery methods for the newest lines of hard disk and solid state disk drives from the industry leader. 

  • Posted on: 7/09/2013

    RAID Data Recovery


    With the proliferation of “big data” and cloud computing, the data storage needs of organizations are larger than ever before. When it comes to mission critical data, RAID arrays have been a solid reliable choice. But as data storage needs increase, IT managers for data centers and other large organizations may have to make choices and sacrifices. Getting enough affordable storage could mean compromising speed and performance for lower costs.


    Data Growth by the Numbers

    According to an article at IT Pro Portal, IT storage and bandwidth needs are increasing faster than IT budgets can keep up. 


    - Network traffic could increase 32 percent between 2011 and 2015
    - Storage capacity needs will grow at a rate of 50 percent, compounded annually, during the same time period

    - IT spending will grow only five percent annually


    The Solution: RAID Flash


    Incorporating flash technology into existing RAID arrays represents a possible, practical solution to diminishing IT budgets and expanding needs. Tiered storage arrays with a RAID controller that uses Flash memory, combined with intelligent storage, can replace the hard disk drives traditionally used to maintain performance in RAID arrays. The resulting RAID array could represent performance from five to 30 times better than regular RAID arrays. 


    Combined Solutions Require State-of-the-Art RAID Recovery

    These new solutions will make RAID data recovery with a flash controller more complicated. RAID recovery professionals who use reverse engineering of RAID systems to develop the most effective RAID recovery techniques will be more in demand than ever before. 


    Your organization can partner with 24 Hour Data for all your data recovery needs, including the latest in RAID flash storage solutions, ensuring the safety and security of your mission critical data. 


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