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Posted on: 5/18/2010
Clicking Hard Drive When a Hard Drive makes a clicking sound that is a sure sign that you have mechanical issues with your drive. Clicking is a symptom that should be an alert to immediately power down your hard drive. Continued use of a clicking Hard Drive could result in your data being unrecoverable. There are several reasons a Hard Drive can start clicking. The most common cause of Hard Drives clicking is failed heads. Failed heads are the main reason to power down your drive when you hear clicking. The reason being is that a failed head can easily cause surface damage to the platters that store your data. This is called media damage. Media damage if severe, will render your data to be unrecoverable. Hard Drive clicking can also be caused by other issues. These issues include: Failed PCB, Service Area Damage, Firmware corruption, alignment issues, and a few other specific problems.
Posted on: 5/12/2010
Many people mistake their External Hard Drive as a backup drive. In the world of Data Recovery we see people come in everyday for recovery on their backup drives.The question is always asked, if this is your backup drive then where is the data that was being backed up? The fact is if your data is not at least in two places there is no backup. Purchasing an External Hard Drive is a great idea. However, if you are using the drive to extend your storage capacity you better purchase an additional drive for backup. Data Backup is critical not only for businesses, but also for individuals. The question is not if your drive will fail it is when. If your data is only in one place then it is time to buy a real backup drive.
Posted on: 4/19/2010
Every year in March, April, and May we see an increase in drives needing to be recovered from power surges. Many companies and individuals alike do not protect their systems from surges of electricity caused by lightning strikes. We highly recommend using a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) with any computer system. Protecting your data from power surges and sudden shut down is vital. Power surges can cause havoc with controller boards on any drive. Solid State Drives seem to be more affected by power surges and loss than hard drives. Now that we are in the season of rain and thunderstorms, make sure you protect your data with a UPS or at least a surge protector. Thunderstorms are much more likely to cause a Data Recovery than a natural disaster. When summer comes we also see the power going out from the heat. Sudden power loss for any reason can cause drive failure.
Posted on: 4/06/2010
Data Recovery Checklist When you are faced with Data Loss your next steps are critical.  Take a few minutes to go over our Data Recovery Checklist to help you make the best decision.
Posted on: 4/01/2010
The Washington Post posted a great article about upgrading from hard drive to SSD in your laptop. There is some very good information here http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/01/AR2010040104824.html. You can get some basic ideas about SSD technology and if your laptop is able to be upgraded.
Posted on: 3/05/2010
Mac computers use HFS as their native file system. At 24 Hour Data we have many clients that think their external hard drive has failed, because their Mac will not mount the drive. Most External Hard Drive manufacturers like Western Digital, Seagate, Hitachi, and more Pre-Format drives with Windows file systems. By default most externals are formatted FAT or NTFS. Macs will see HFS, FAT, and NTFS. However, if you have a Mac you will not be able to write to NTFS formatted drives without a third party application. Many Mac users get a drive from Frys, Best Buy, Comp USA, and so on that is pre-formatted FAT. When they start using the drive they have no issues. This because Macs can read and write to the FAT file system just fine.
Posted on: 2/22/2010
SSD Recovery Solid State Drives are definitely the future of storage. The benefits of SSD are numerous. However, there are several disadvantages with this technology. Here is a list of the Pros and Cons of SSD. Advantages Fast No Moving Parts equals less mechanical failures Low Power Use Silent Ability to endure shock, vibration, temperature variations, altitude Small Form Factor Flash SSD have 2X Density of Hard Drives Disadvantages
Posted on: 2/17/2010
This is not our normal blog post, but check out this cool Hard Drive Clock. We couldn’t resist buying one for the 24 Hour Data lab. Our clock is made from a 40GB Western Digital Caviar PATA Hard Drive.
Posted on: 1/12/2010
When a hard drive fails the most important thing to do is listen for abnormal sounds. If you hear sounds like clicking or grinding it is time to power the drive down and call an expert. Clicking sounds indicate that you have the symptom of a failed head assembly. The concern here is that a failed head can scratch into the platters and cause media damage. The image above shows the effects of heads scratching into the platters. The dark rings you see are media damage. In many cases media damage can leave your hard drive unrecoverable. Grinding sounds indicate that the hard drive has sustained media damage. The grinding you hear is the heads going over the media damage on the platters.
Posted on: 10/23/2009
24 Hour Data today announced its support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, the Dallas-based company will donate 5% of its October sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF). READ MORE

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