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Erase Unwanted Files with Surgical Precision

Many of the articles in this blog are often dedicated to data erasure, but we’ll never get tired of repeating that in our digital age.  Information is the new gold. Remember in the old western movies when bad guys riding horses spent their life in robbing wagons, ending up with chests full of gold bars?  Today, our computers are the chests and the information is the gold.  So, who are …Read More

Data Loss on SSD and SSHD is Not the End

More and more SSDs and solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) are being sold to consumers and enterprises these days. Studies from the IT market researchers of IDC show that in the enterprise market, SSD capacity shipments are seeing a 50 percent annual growth rate, and this trend should continue until the end of this decade. Another research group, DRAMeXchange, is predicting that during the fourth quarter of 2017, 50 percent …Read More

How to Diagnose a Physical Hard Drive Failure

Interview with Martin Hiller, Head of Kroll Ontrack Clean Room Böblingen, Germany Q: A lot of computer users nowadays inform themselves about what to do in case of a physical hard disk drive failure via websites, blogs, forums etc., instead of immediately contacting a professional data recovery service provider. In many cases they download and try to use really specialized tools to access hard disk drives that are even physically …Read More

Live Server Erasure – How to Erase Data From a Running Server

Securely erasing data is definitely not an easy task. Whether it’s a single hard disk drive or a SSD in a laptop or many enterprise class storage devices inside a live server – just pressing the delete button on the keyboard just won´t cut it. As we have pointed out in previous blog posts, using the “Recycle Bin” and deleting a file is not enough. The same is true with …Read More

Cloud Migration: What to Consider When Switching Providers

Cloud computing has become more than just a technology trend. According to Forrester research, the global public cloud market will raise from $146 billion this year to $236 billion in 2020. Cloud computing offers many benefits to companies: The need for hardware and software is reduced drastically.  In addition, costs for energy, employees, software licenses can be scaled down almost immediately after data or applications have been moved into the …Read More

Software-Defined Storage and Hyper-Converged Solutions

IT administrators and managers continually strive to streamline their costs in the data center. Year after year, more servers in the data center are being run as virtual servers. The result is fewer physical servers, less energy consumption, and lower hardware and maintenance costs. To manage these massive amounts of virtual machines and virtual servers, SDS (software-defined storage) uses and establishes a software layer to manage and combine all the …Read More

Smartphone data: How companies can access your private information

It is amazing; for almost every need, there’s an app you can install on your smartphone – games, navigation, editors, barcode readers, messaging – there’s hardly a topic that isn’t covered.  Since almost everything can be installed for free, how do developers finance these programs? The financing for free apps works on the one hand, of course, by advertising.  If you don’t want to see advertisements, there is typically a …Read More

Protecting NAS Devices from Data Loss

NAS (Network Attached Storage) as a storage option is unbeatable. It’s cost-effective, functional and flexible. However, as with all storage devices, data loss cannot be completely ruled out.  Each NAS device data loss has its own history, but there are frequently occurring scenarios that require a restoration of network storage. Human error: Human error is a common cause when NAS/ RAID (redundant array of independent disks) data is lost. Data …Read More

The Black Market for Data

If the right kind of personal data – credit card numbers, email addresses, online credentials, or bank account information – falls into the wrong hands, you can be sure criminals will use that data for their personal gain or sell it on the black market, where buyers and sellers anonymously deal in stolen or illegal goods and services. On the darknet, the secret and hidden part of the Internet, everything …Read More

2016 Results: Self-Assessment Tool

Since Kroll Ontrack launched its free and anonymous Self-Assessment Tool in April 2015, almost 10,000 people have used the tool to gain valuable information about what to do when they are struck by a data loss.  And over those last couple of years, the tool has not only helped users by providing a fast and free of charge assessment of what might be the cause of their data loss, but …Read More