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How to React When Your Data is Corrupted?

Have you ever seen a corrupted digital picture or were unable to open a file inside of an application due to data corruption? You are not alone. Data corruption is far more common than one might think. Since the beginning of the computer era, users have dealt with data corruption. Data corruption, in simple words, means that the data inside of a file has been altered from its original state. …Read More

WannaCry Ransomware Hits Computers Massively – What Now?

As many experts have long warned, last Friday it became a reality: Over 220,000 computers were infected by a new strain of Ransomware. The infection affected several British hospitals, Renault-a French car maker, and the German state-owned railroad operator- Deutsche Bahn.  Although a kill switch for the Ransomeware has stopped the spread of this version of ransomware, the fix is only temporary. The WannaCry Ransomware virus, once activated, encrypts files, …Read More

Smart TV Data Recovery

All eyes were on LG’s signature W Oled Smart TVat last year’s CES, one of the major trade shows for consumer electronics and Home Appliances in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The SmartTV was referred to as an “absolute stunner”. Giant screens and the highest definition for viewing have become almost secondary features to the connectivity of the Smart TV- similar to call quality on smartphones. A Smart TV now can replace …Read More

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