Hard Drive Storage Capacities May Increase to 30TB in 2023

Japanese manufacturer Showa Denko has announced the shipment of 3.5-inch hard disk media with a storage capacity of 2.6 terabytes (TB) per platter — potentially allowing for hard drive capacities of 30TB or more by late 2023.  The Showa Denko...
June 2, 2022

What Is Shingled Magnetic Recording for Hard Drives?

Shingled magnetic recording (often abbreviated as SMR) is a technique used to increase the areal density of a hard drive, allowing manufacturers to store more data on each square inch of the discs (or platters).  The word “shingled” provides a...
May 26, 2022

Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording: The Future of Hard Drive Technology?

Heat-assisted magnetic recording (HMAR) has been touted as the next great technology for increasing hard drive capacities without reducing other key performance metrics. How does HAMR work — and does it offer clear advantages over current tech? First, a quick...
May 19, 2022

What is Hard Drive Areal Density?

Areal density describes the amount of data that can be stored within a given amount of physical space on a hard drive’s platters.  Generally speaking, a higher areal density is a good thing. Hard drives with a higher areal density...
May 13, 2022

A Look Inside Datarecovery.com’s Hard Drive Parts Inventory

In order to recover data from a physically damaged hard drive, engineers need to return the drive to a working condition. That’s easier said than done — hard drive components are extremely drive-specific. In some cases, drives with identical model...
February 7, 2022

What Is An Advanced Format Hard Drive?

What is an advanced format hard drive? Here’s an explanation, along with guides for determining whether your hard drive uses an AF format.
January 14, 2022

What Is A Hard Drive Head Crash?

A hard drive crash occurs when the actuator heads come in contact with the platters. Here’s what that means for your data (and what to do next).
January 7, 2022

What Happens During a Data Recovery Media Evaluation?

Most reputable data recovery providers evaluate storage media before providing a quote. In another article, we explained why evaluations are necessary — if you missed it, you can read more here.  But what happens during a data recovery media evaluation?...
January 4, 2022

What Are “Bad Sectors” On a Hard Drive?

Bad sectors occur when a hard drive cannot read certain data. Here’s how bad sectors occur and several tips for avoiding data loss.
December 20, 2021

The Problem With Flat-Rate Hard Drive Data Recovery

Imagine taking your car to a mechanic that charges a flat rate for every service. Whether you’re getting a routine tune-up or a new transmission, you’ll pay a few hundred dollars. Most consumers wouldn’t trust the mechanic — especially with...
December 15, 2021