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How Data Survived The Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

Jon Edwards has seen his share of disasters. As a senior engineer at Kroll Ontrack he’s recovered data from devices that have been through the worst of times. Floods, fires, car wrecks- he thought he’d seen it all. But nothing could prepare him for the space shuttle Columbia data recovery, what was to become his most famous and challenging task- salvaging data from a melted disk drive which had fallen …Read More

5 questions to ask when moving data to the cloud

Moving data from on-premise storage solutions to cloud based storage is an IT decision that’s increasingly tempting to many small businesses. The technology can offer a wide range of benefits, from cost savings to boosting a company’s agility, and it’s particularly advantageous for companies that don’t have a large IT department and have limited budget to spend in this area. Moving to the cloud can enable these organizations to access …Read More

Physical failures to HDDs

Over the many years I’ve been working in a clean room, I’ve grown quite familiar with hard drives and the many pros and cons they can present. Generally speaking, hard drives can be a pretty resistant medium when used correctly and a technology I confidently use for storing my personal files. However, I know bad things can happen to good data as I have witnessed countless damages and failures to …Read More

MTBF: Hard drive failure prediction?

At Kroll Ontrack, we’re well aware that data loss can affect anyone. For many of us, it comes in the form of hard disk drive (HDD) failure; mechanical and electronic defects that render the information stored therein unreadable. There are dozens of possible causes for this type of malfunction, ranging from logical software errors to physical damage. We can’t forget to mention that all storage devices have a finite lifespan. …Read More

Melted CCTV

Kroll Ontrack on occasion sees CCTV systems that have been involved in a business premise or house fire. As you can imagine the owners of investigators see real value in the data hence the reason they bring the units to Kroll Ontrack for recovery. The golden rule of data recovery for all types of mechanical hard drives is if the platters are still shiny, then there is still hope for …Read More

Help! Data Recovery from Mobile Devices

What starts out as a quick update or installation of a new app on your smartphone or tablet suddenly ends with nothing working and all of your photos, texts, contacts, etc. gone. Or you have a situation like me where you did an innocent thing like pull your mobile phone out of your pocket and dropped it on the floor resulting in a cracked, useless, device (yes, I even had a name-brand …Read More