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Choosing an IT Asset Disposal Provider

The European Union (EU) has introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to be enforced on May 25, 2018.  This regulation replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.  How will GDPR directly impact the United States?  In the past, U.S.-based regulations were a primary driver of compliance requirements.  This is changing with the introduction of the GDPR.  The GDPR requires organizations to understand what information they have, who has access …Read More

What is the Future of SATA and SAS SSDs?

Solid State Drives (SSDs) have become more and more prevalent over the years and are starting to become the norm for home computing devices. They are also now used extensively in enterprise-class systems that rely on data storage that is not only reliable, but able to maintain high data read/write speeds as well. However, as the demand for better performance and reliability increases, so does the need for more modern …Read More

What to do when you lose data

We’ve all been there at some point in our lives; you accidentally delete your most recent copy of that presentation you’ve been working on for the past few days. You didn’t mean to click ‘yes’ on that popup and you accidentally format your external hard drive with all your photos on. You drop your iPad in the bath while you’re watching your favorite Netflix series… any of these sound familiar? …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

10 Ways to Improve Smartphone Performance

We know all too well that our smartphones aren’t indestructible.  During the life cycle of a phone, there are undoubtedly going to be issues such as deteriorating battery life and slow performance brought down by many different factors. As such, there really isn’t much we can do to prevent our smartphones from giving up on us at some point, as both electronic and physical parts will start to fail over time …Read More

DIY Data Recovery – Should You Attempt It?

With all the devices we own, it’s inevitable that data will get lost at some point down the line.  Whether it’s years of music and family photos or critical business information, it can be a daunting and stressful time.  It pays to assess the situation properly before deciding on the best course of action. We’ve seen many different data loss situations over the years, including some where a recovery is …Read More

How does RAID storage work? – Part 2

In part 1 of this article, we explained the basic idea of RAID, as well as the most commonly used terms when talking about this type of storage. In this second part, we’ll take a look at what RAID levels are and explore how some of the traditional level configurations work. We’ll also find out what challenges RAID storage can bring if data recovery services are required. Let’s take a …Read More

How does RAID storage work? Part 1

Redundant Array of Independent (originally Inexpensive) Disks (RAID) is a term used for computer data storage systems that spread and/or replicate data across multiple drives. RAID technology has revolutionized enterprise data storage and was designed with two key goals:  increase data reliability and increase I/O (input/output) performance. Unfortunately though, RAID storage isn’t a perfect technology and as a result data loss can still occur when using these systems. In this …Read More