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Liquid and computers don’t mix

A few months ago, Michael Leadbetter, had one of his worst nightmares come true. The well-regarded Brisbane-based corporate, magazine and wedding photographer spent the day photographing and filming interviews with participants at a client conference. The speakers had flown in from all parts of the globe and the day was a huge success. All that was required was to produce the photos and edit the video footage for the client. …Read More

HDD crashes more than doubled in the last four years

HDD crashes more than doubled in the last four years, remaining the most common cause of data loss according to customer data* collected by Kroll Ontrack. When asked about the causes of their most recent data losses, 65 percent of Australians surveyed noted that their most recent data loss came from a desktop or laptop hard drive, followed by SSD (16 percent), tablet/smart phone (12 percent) and RAID/virtual services (7 …Read More

Data Loss in the Virtual Environment is Very Real (2)

In the last post we explained why the virtual environment is not immune to data loss and gave some real life examples of the problems that can occur. This time, we are going to pass on some advice from Tim Black, Kroll Ontrack’s Senior Lab Engineer specialising in VMware, about how to respond to some of the more common virtual environment scenarios. Problem: Deleted or Missing Virtual Machine/VMDK The first …Read More

Data Loss in the Virtual Environment is Very Real (1)

I don’t want to alarm anyone, but last year, research by Kroll Ontrack showed that 40 per cent of companies with virtual environments have experienced data loss. I have no doubt this news will come as a surprise to many readers because the same research found that 80 per cent of respondents didn’t believe data loss could be a risk when data is stored in a virtual environment. Big mistake. …Read More

Dark Data on Corporate Tapes

Dark data is the everyday operational data generated by companies as they go about their business. Defined by Gartner as the “information assets organisations collect, process and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purpose”, it includes log files and archives that are never analysed or monetised. They just exist as a compliance measure, usually stored on legacy tapes, waiting for the day when they …Read More

“It’s End of Life Jim, but not as we know it” – The Demise of Tape

While in the blogosphere the debate over tape’s demise is still raging, I believe the ‘Alive and kicking’ fraction is winning, everyday storage users are working out strategies to deal with the dreaded End-of-life announcements by vendors. End-of-life announcements related to tape storage like IBM’s 3480/3490 and the StorageTek T9840D tape drive are a reminder of the time and effort we spend on keeping our data secure and in a …Read More

Tape regains its cool factor

We have seen the tape market decline for several years now and it is trending toward withering to a niche solution. In the last decade tape lost much favour for backup applications, being replaced by the combination of HDD/SSD storage and de-duplication. But what a massive niche! Tape is ideal for long term archiving of enormous amounts of data whilst providing decent access times from huge energy efficient libraries, with …Read More

Broken screen on phone or tablet: how to get to the data?

Nowadays our smartphones and tablet PCs are great: small, light, practical and portable. But they are so easy to break; a metre’s fall to the floor is often more than enough for the screen to break, and a broken screen on a tactile display is pretty serious. Even if it’s possible to repair the screen, it can be quite time consuming and sometimes even more expensive than the device itself. …Read More

Encrypted hard drive recovery times drastically reduced

Software engineers at data recovery leader Kroll Ontrack have developed a new technology that can drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to recover encrypted hard drives with a logical or physical failure – a key development in light of the growing number of cyber threats that are driving the adoption of encrypted drives. The company’s new automated decryption technology allows engineers to target only areas of the hard …Read More

RAID 5 data recovery for tropical resort

When Uprising Beach Resort in Fiji experienced a problem with their RAID configured server, they knew that they had to act quickly. Uprising Beach Resort’s IBM server with a RAID 5 comprising of 5 SCSI hard drives failed. When the hard drives arrived at the Brisbane cleanroom it was found that one of the mirrored operating drives had failed with internal mechanical faults. The second OS was also reporting bad …Read More