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 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

How Do Solid State Drives Store Data?

Solid state drives (SSDs) store files electronically using non-volatile memory. Here’s an overview of how they provide reliable data storage.
December 3, 2021

Data Recovery for Toshiba DT01ACA Series Hard Drives

The Toshiba DT01ACA series is reliable, but hard drive failures can still occur. Here’s a look at common scenarios and data recovery options.
November 26, 2021

Can Data Recovery Software Fix a Corrupted Hard Drive?

Data recovery software might fix a corrupted hard drive — or cause permanent data loss. Before attempting recovery, understand the risks.
November 16, 2021

What Is A Hard Drive Controller?

A hard drive controller transfers data to and from the computer’s CPU. Here’s an overview of this component along with common failure scenarios.
October 26, 2021

What is the Hard Drive Actuator Assembly?

The hard drive actuator assembly includes several components that read and write data from the platters (or disks). Here’s an overview.
October 20, 2021

What is a Hard Drive’s Landing Zone?

A hard drive’s landing zone (or LZone, or LZ) identifies the parking location of the read/write heads. Here’s a detailed description.
September 29, 2021

Are Used Hard Drives and SSDs Less Reliable?

Buying used hard drives can save you money, but “refurbished" storage media carries significant risks. Here’s what you need to know.
September 15, 2021

How Does A Surge Protector Prevent Hard Drive Failures?

All electronic devices need to be connected to a surge protector, and that’s particularly true for devices that store data. Hard drives rely on controllers, which allow the drive to transfer information to (and from) your computer. A sudden surge...
September 9, 2021