December 31, 2013 – Pleasanton, CA – Datarecovery.com, a world leader in professional hard drive data recovery, warns that solid-state drives do not provide complete protection against data loss.
In recent years, many personal computer users have moved from hard drives to solid-state drives in order to benefit from the new technology’s fast read/write speeds and superior durability. Solid-state drives do not have moving components, and their failure rates are generally lower than the failure rates for similar hard disk drives (HDDs).
However, DataRecovery.com has received a large number of solid-state drives through the last several years. DataRecovery.com President Ben Carmitchel says that many computer users do not back up their files because they believe that SSD offers complete protection from data loss.
“Solid-state drives can fail, and while they improve on hard drive technology in some ways, they’re far from infallible,” says Carmitchel “you still need to backup that QuickBooks file or Bitcoin wallet.”
Carmitchel notes that SSD technology has an inherently limited number of write cycles (commonly referred to as P/E cycles for Program-Erase).
“Many consumers don’t realize that solid-state drives can only write data a finite amount of times before losing integrity,” said Carmitchel. “Current wear-leveling technology allows for years of dependable functionality, but it’s still important to note that every SSD will eventually fail.”
While media wear is not a major cause of data loss at this point, Carmitchel notes that DataRecovery.com regularly receives solid-state drives that have failed for other reasons. For instance, SSD technology does not provide protection from power surges, fires, floods, or other physical events. Other common sources of data loss on solid-state drives include file corruption and user error.
“Your data is never safe without a backup,” said Carmitchel. “SSD technology is revolutionizing our industry, but we want computer owners to know that there’s no such thing as a perfect data storage medium.”
Datarecovery.com is a world leader in data recovery and computer forensics. With four locations in California, Illinois, Arizona, and Toronto, the company provides a variety of services to thousands of clients each year. Visit www.datarecovery.com for more information.
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