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

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

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

Solid-State Drive (SSD) Data Recovery: Are My Files Lost Forever?

Solid-state drives offer significantly faster read/write speeds than hard drives, and they’re less susceptible to physical damage. Dropping a hard drive can cause extensive damage to the read/write heads and other moving parts, but a solid-state drive has much fewer...
July 30, 2021

SSD Lifespans: How Long Can You Trust Your Solid-State Drive?

One of the most common misconceptions about solid-state drives (SSDs) is that they’re capable of storing data indefinitely. All storage devices eventually fail, and unfortunately, SSDs are no exception. That doesn’t mean that they’re unreliable — SSDs offer much faster...
July 27, 2021

What is an Air-Gapped Data Backup?

With the rise of ransomware attacks, enterprises — and personal computer users — are struggling to find foolproof prevention tactics. Cybercriminals often target backup systems, and some ransomware variants stay dormant for months before activation. The criminals’ goal is to...
July 20, 2021