The Pros and Cons of SSDs as External Hard Drives

As our lives become increasingly mobile, it’s only natural for people to seek portable storage options that can function on the go, as well. For years now, this need for portable storage has manifested itself in the form of floppy...
July 7, 2021

The Rapid Growth of Storage Technologies: How Data Capacities Changed (And How They’ll Keep Changing)

The history of data storage technology is truly awe inspiring. Over the course of a few decades, innovative technologies have allowed for unbelievable advances in computing, and today, we’re continuing to see incredible improvements in the tools we use to...
September 5, 2018

Seagate ST1000LM024 and ST1000LM025 Drives Appear to be Prone to Head Failures

At Datarecovery.com, we receive thousands of hard drives each month, and when we notice a specific issue with a certain model number or series, we try to spread the word. Recently, we’ve seen a large number of Seagate/Samsung Spinpoint M8...
August 17, 2017

Unlock DVR Hard Drives for Normal Use: A Guide

We recently came across something we hadn’t seen before with a couple hard drives, both from DirecTV DVR/receiver systems. When put into a normal computer, they would not spin up or power on. However, the drives’ owner told us that...
January 11, 2016

What Does a Fire Damaged Hard Drive Look Like?

One of the worst-case scenarios for a data recovery case is fire damage. Fires damage thousands of personal computers, laptops, and servers each year, and the results…well, they aren’t exactly pretty. At Datarecovery.com, we have special methods for retrieving information...
July 6, 2015

How to Recover Data from an External Hard Drive

External hard drives are helpful tools for storing large amounts of data, but like all other storage devices, they can fail (and because they’re mechanical, it’s a question of “when” rather than “if”). If your external hard drive crashes or...
July 4, 2015

Comprehensive RAID Array Recovery, Part 2

Part two. Be sure to read part one of our comprehensive RAID array data recovery guide.
June 24, 2014

A Guide to Disk Images And Their Role in Data Recovery

Datarecovery.com engineers often use disk images to protect media or to rebuild large multi-drive systems efficiently. This guide explains what disk images are, how they're used, and why they're often important in the data recovery process.
June 24, 2014

Fire Damaged Hard Drives

Know what steps to take if your hard drive is damaged by fire or smoke.
June 24, 2014

Western Digital Data Recovery

While exceptionally good drives, Western Digital, like all other hard drives, occasionally fail. Sometimes these failures can be due to read/write head problems or service track corruption. Usually this damage occurs due to improper cooling, allowing the drive to reach...
June 24, 2014