Does Hard Drive’s Orientation Increase Failure Rate?

If you’re building a PC or buying an external hard drive, you may have the option to decide whether to orient the drive vertically or horizontally. Horizontal orientation is more or less the de facto standard — chances are, you’re...
September 7, 2021

Can An Improper Computer Shutdown Damage Your Hard Drive?

An improper PC shutdown probably isn’t a big deal — but it could cause a hard drive failure. Here’s an overview of the risks.
August 31, 2021

High Altitudes Can Cause Hard Drive Failures

Operating a hard drive at over 10,000 feet can put data at risk. Here’s an explanation of why HDD failures are more common at high altitude.
August 26, 2021

Are Hard Drive Enclosures Airtight?

Contrary to popular belief, the enclosure of a hard drive does not create a perfect seal (on most hard drives). One look at a flood-damaged hard drive will make that clear — we frequently receive hard drives that have been...
August 20, 2021

Converting Analog Video to Digital: Questions to Ask Service Providers

The VCRs of the world are breaking down. Functioning film projectors are increasingly hard to find. Tapes and film degrade with every viewing. To preserve your analog video collection — and to share it in digital channels, from Facebook to...
August 18, 2021

“Vinegar Syndrome” and Other Signs of Analog Film Damage

If your family recorded home videos between the 1930s and the 1970s, odds are they captured that vacation or piano recital on 8 mm film. (Super 8, Kodak’s hugely popular take on the original amateur film format, debuted in 1965...
August 16, 2021

How Long Do Analog Film Reels Last Before Degrading in Quality?

You’ve got a big box of VHS tapes, Super 8 reels, or other analog video films sitting in your attic. Are they still playable? How long can you store them safely? And if they’re showing clear signs of damage, what...
August 13, 2021

Hard Drive Data Recovery FAQ

This page addresses some of the most common customer questions regarding hard drive data recovery. If your question isn’t listed, you can get immediate assistance from a customer service representative by clicking here. Hard Drive Data Recovery: Frequently Asked...
August 11, 2021

Recovering VHS Tapes to Digital Video Formats

Converting VHS tapes to modern formats can be risky, but the right video conversion team can help — even when your media is degraded or damaged.
August 6, 2021

Does Hard Drive RPM Affect Lifespan?

A hard drive’s RPM does not affect its lifespan directly, but faster drives offer better performance overall. Here’s an overview.
August 3, 2021