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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

Ransomware – Will it Stay or Will it Go?

Since 2010, there has been an increase of reported attacks from blackmail viruses.  The spread of the Locky in February 2016, represented an unprecedented rise of ransomware. In April 2016, the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) conducted a survey of nearly 600 companies.  The results showed that 32 percent, or one third of companies, were affected by ransomware.  In 82 percent of all cases, email was the gateway …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

Spring Cleaning your Electronic Devices Properly

With spring on the way, many of us will start cleaning our desks and our homes, but what about spring cleaning our devices?  Now is a perfect time to clean them out and increase your storage space for the year ahead.  Before you start though, you should ask yourself what you’d like to gain by cleaning out your device.  Are you looking to increase performance or increase storage space?  Do …Read More

How to Migrate your Legacy Tapes to a New Backup Solution

The basics of tape migration and the questions that arise Tape as an archive and data storage medium has been around for over 60 years now and it’s still widely used in companies of all sizes.  Tape has its advantages – durability and low cost compared to other media – but that can also be its drawback. Over the years companies tend to change tape formats, as well as tape …Read More

Introducing the Kroll Ontrack Data Academy

On a daily basis, our data recovery engineers are busy recovering precious data for our customers, but have you ever wondered about the “magic” that goes on behind the scenes?  If so, we invite you to sign up for the first course in the Kroll Ontrack Data Academy, where one of our own data recovery engineers will share their knowledge with you and reveal the secrets of the data you …Read More