World Backup Day: A Good Reminder to Protect Your Data

March 31st is World Backup Day. It’s sponsored by a number of companies, and as you might expect, all of those sponsors offer some type of product or service related to data backup. But with that said, we appreciate any...
March 31, 2023

Do Most Hard Drives Fail Before the 3-Year Mark?

Conventional wisdom holds that a hard drive lasts for about 3-5 years — and most manufacturer warranties tend to support that assumption.  But it’s important to remember that despite precise engineering, hard drives are profoundly sensitive devices. Recently, we’ve seen...
March 28, 2023

What Are Common Causes of SSD Failure?

Solid-state drives (SSDs), like all other data storage devices, can fail.  In fact, SSDs have a set lifespan — eventually, the floating gates SSDs use to store data become less reliable, as we discussed in our article about SSD wear ...
March 16, 2023

How Heat Affects a Solid-State Drive (SSD)

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are often considered more reliable than conventional hard drives — and there’s some truth to that.  Hard disk drives (HDDs) have moving mechanical components, so they’re much more susceptible to physical damage than SSDs. But both storage...
March 15, 2023

Dropbox Prepares to Use HAMR Drives in Data Centers

Dropbox, one of the world’s leading cloud storage providers, has announced plans to use hard drives featuring heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) in its data centers.  HAMR uses a heating component attached to the hard drive actuator head assembly. By heating...
March 14, 2023

Cryptocurrency Prices Fall Following Silvergate Liquidation

Silvergate Capital, a bank offering cryptocurrency-friendly services, has announced its impending liquidation, sending Ethereum and Bitcoin markets tumbling by about 2%. The last 12 months have been difficult for crypto investors, though the market has shown some signs of...
March 9, 2023

What Does it Mean to “Bake” an Analog Video Cassette?

Media preservation can be a tricky business. Due to age, humidity, or other factors, legacy formats like Sony U-Matic, Betacam, and other analog video cassettes can become warped, distorted, and unplayable. One well-known tape preservation method is baking tapes, which...
March 7, 2023

What Is Hard Drive Degaussing?

Degaussing is a data sanitization procedure that destroys data by applying powerful magnetic fields. Here’s how the process works.
February 28, 2023

Do Magnets Damage Solid-State Drives?

No, magnets will not damage solid-state drives. However, changes in magnetic fields might cause data loss under certain circumstances. Strong magnetic fields can destroy data on hard disk drives (HDDs) and data tapes, for a simple reason: Those devices use...
February 27, 2023

Storing and Preserving Sony U-Matic Tapes: 3 Challenges

Recently, we digitized ¾-inch Sony U-matic cartridges that had sat in storage for about four decades — with no considerations for humidity, heat, or other factors that could cause signal loss.  That project was largely successful, but it highlights the...
February 23, 2023