What Is a BIOHD-8 Hard Drive Error?

A BIOHD-8 error code indicates a failing storage device — most commonly, a hard drive, though solid-state drives (SSDs) may also present this issue under certain circumstances. The error occurs on HP laptops and desktops during the boot process. Below,...
June 29, 2022

What Is HP’s SMART Hard Disk Error 301?

SMART hard disk error 301 indicates a failing hard drive or an overheated laptop. Here’s what you need to know to address this common issue.
June 13, 2022

Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording: A Brief Guide

Microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) is a new technique for increasing the areal density of hard drives, which allows for substantial improvements in data storage capacity. In this article, we’ll provide a basic overview of the technology — and the potential...
June 9, 2022

Defining Key Stakeholders in a Data Migration Project

One of the most important steps in a successful data migration project is the identification of key stakeholders.  In information technology (IT) terminology, a key stakeholder is any individual who participates in fulfilling the requirements of the project. This can...
June 6, 2022

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

Data Migration to the Cloud: Best Practices

Cloud migration enables enterprises to distribute workloads and improve scalability. For many modern organizations, the cloud is an essential tool for creating robust IT systems.  Even so, cloud systems aren’t ideal for every application or every type of workload. Some...
May 16, 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

Veritas Backup Migration: Challenges and Considerations

Veritas Backup Exec™  is a unified data backup and recovery solution for small to midsize businesses. The software enables organizations to protect critical data across multiple systems, and thanks to integrated cloud connectors for all major cloud vendors, Veritas has...
April 15, 2022