• History Repeating: Multi-Actuator Technology

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    About two years ago we published several articles regarding consolidation of hard drive manufacturers and today’s story is closely related to this subject. Once upon a time, there was a company called Conner Peripherals. Before Seagate acquired Conner, and became the new owner of Conner’s intellectual rights they patented a hard drive design that utilized […]

  • One can’t outsmart the world

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    Although with limited capabilities security features introduced with ATA standard and password protected drives have been a standard for many years but in most cases locked drives are easily hacked. Big change’s came into play in 2001 and 2002 with the new Federal Information Processing Standard or FIPS. FIPS describes the encryption and security requirements […]

  • NAND Flash Data Recovery Research Phase One – Completed

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    NAND Flash Data Recovery Cookbook is a research paper that covers typical NAND Flash data recovery related problems from physical damage to electrical damage to firmware failure. Today, we will find NAND Flash memory in every single of these devices: USB, SSD, SD card, monolithic flash media, Micro SD card, MS card, XD card, digital voice recorder, MP3 […]

  • Silicon Motion FerriSSD

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    New technology emerges from Silicon Motion, the FerriSSD®. FerriSSD is designed for a wide range of embedded applications requiring faster access, small form factor and reliable SATA/PATA storage. By combining industry proven controller technologies, NAND flash and passive components into a single BGA package with 1.0mm ball-pitch size, FerriSSD simplifies design, reduces time-to-market while protecting […]

  • Backup Manual

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    We haven’t had articles on this blog covering backup lately. We are also busy working on another good paper related to NAND flash data recovery and no one is eager to write. I found this one though.   This 2009 Backup Manual Still Apply   Today, small and middle-size business (SMB) management putting a lot […]

  • A History of Computing

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    Computers have been around for a very long time. It has been reported that a 2000 years old computer-like device was found during excavations in Malta. The first device we can name computer was the Abacus or a counting frame, a calculating tool that was in use centuries before the adoption of the written modern numeral […]

  • Top 7 Causes Of Hard Disk Failure

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    Hard disk failure can be relatively painless and a temporary event or as devastating as a permanent loss of vital data. There are a number of causes for these hard drives to fail, from unforeseen mishaps to simple human error.   “Do you know that human error is the main cause of failure for over […]

  • Flash Translation Layer

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    Recent technological advances in the development of flash memory based devices are consolidating their leadership position as the preferred storage media in embedded systems at the enterprise-scale as well as in end user storage systems. Unlike hard disks, flash devices are free of any mechanical moving parts.  Thye have no seek or rotational latency and […]

  • Flash File Systems

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    In very simple approximation a flash file system is designed for storing files on flash memory–based storage devices, such as NAND memory chips. Although they share the same name with the rest of the file systems such as FAT, NTFS, exFAT, HFS or EXT, the flash file systems are optimized for the characteristics of flash […]

  • Black Box

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    When you hear the term ‘Black Box’, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?  Most would say an Airplane’s Flight Recorder.  Then wonder, what does this have to do with a blog posted by a data recovery service provider Well, it has everything to do with our business.  In fact, many would consider this the capstone […]

  • Consolidation of Hard Disk Drive Makers (Part 5) – Into The Future

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    As the number of solid state drives (SSD) increase, prices are falling steeply while Seagate, Western Digital and to a lesser extent Toshiba rely on artificially high prices of hard disk drives and shorter warranties to make a quick profit. Hard drive manufacturers have been consolidating their operations for the best part of two decades. […]

  • Nanoimprint Lithography

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    Last week Toshiba and SK hynix announced an agreement to jointly develop NIL or Nano Imprint Lithography. The research was made possible after companies signed a memorandum of understanding in December last year. Development efforts should begin in April and practical adoption is expected to start in 2017. The collaboration is expected to reduce risk […]

  • What is NAND data recovery?

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    Our researchers and developers are currently on hiatus to upgrade our data recovery capabilities and success rate when dealing with digital devices such as NAND flash memory chips.   Data recovery for NAND and in some rare cases NOR flash memory is a highly specialized science or process of salvaging and handling the data from […]

  • Consolidation Of Hard Disk Drive Makers (Part 4)

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    Toshiba was founded in 1938 as Tokyo Shibaura Electric K.K. through the merger of Shibaura Seisaku-sho and Tokyo Denki. The company name was officially changed to Toshiba Corporation in 1978. Today, Toshiba is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.   Drives Made In The Land Of The Rising Sun – Toshiba   […]

  • Consolidation Of Hard Disk Drive Makers (Part 3)

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    Another American Giant – Western Digital Western Digital Corporation (often abbreviated as WDC or WD) has a long history in the electronics industry as an integrated circuit and calculator maker as well as a storage products company. The company, was founded in 1970 by Alvin B. Phillips, a Motorola employee, as General Digital and briefly […]

  • Consolidation Of Hard Disk Drive Makers (Part 2)

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    By looking at the consolidation diagram of hard drive makers from our previous article, you soon notice that a majority  of the former hard disk drive makers are now part of the Seagate Corporation. Does this make Seagate the biggest kid on block? You bet! Seagate took the lead in the hard disk drive industry […]

  • Consolidation Of Hard Disk Drive Makers (Part 1)

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    Have you ever heard of Rodime, an electronics company based in Glenrothes, Scotland? How about Integral Peripherals? Or the old giant, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)? What product was common to all these companies? Your guessed it. Hard disk drives. Defunct Hard Disk Drive Makers According to Wikipedia over 200 companies were involved in the manufacturing […]

  • Data Recovery Cost Estimate Infographic

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    Advanced Data Recovery Analytics is pleased to announce a new infographic showing how easy it is to use Free Data Recovery Quote. We hope you will find it entertaining and helpful. My Data Recovery Lab offers free evaluations on any storage device before you ship it. Pricing is calculated by using several thousand previously completed […]


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