The Ethereum Merge is Coming: Here’s What You Should Know

The Ethereum network is expected to transition to a proof-of-stake (PoS) model in mid-September 2022, which could change the world of cryptocurrency in profound ways. For investors, these are exciting — and frightening — times.  Ethereum is the second-most popular...
August 26, 2022

Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” Can Crash Some Hard Drives

Great music can change the world — and, apparently, crash some hard drives. A recent report published by Microsoft showcases a novel issue with older laptop hard drives. Here’s the full text of the report from the National Vulnerability Database...
August 23, 2022

Man Who Lost $191 Million in Bitcoin Wants to Use a Robot Dog to Find It

James Howells, who lost 8,000 bitcoins when he accidentally threw out his hard drive, wants to use two robotic dogs to find his data.
July 29, 2022

Please Don’t Pry Open Your Hard Drive (Unless You Don’t Need the Data)

At, we support consumers’ right to repair their own devices. If you pay $1,000 for a smartphone, you should have the option of repairing a broken screen or a busted USB-C port on your own. Generally speaking, manufacturers shouldn’t...
July 28, 2022

Hard Drive Shipments Have Plummeted, But There’s Still an Audience

Consumer demand for hard disk drives (HDDs) has dropped by 35% year-on-year, according to an analysis from Trendfocus. This follows reports that Microsoft is encouraging — or strongarming — manufacturers to speed the industry-wide transition to solid-state drives (SSDs) By...
July 22, 2022

Betacam to Digital Conversion: Planning Your Project

Your video archives need to be accessible to be useful. If your Betacam cassettes are sitting in storage, they’re not practically accessible — and locating footage from a single cassette might be an insurmountable task. Converting from obsolete formats such...
July 12, 2022

Microsoft Pushing Manufacturers to Drop HDDs as Boot Devices

Microsoft is pushing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to prioritize solid state drives (SSDs) as boot devices, according to an executive brief published by data storage analyst TrendFocus. Microsoft’s flagship OS, Windows 11, does not specifically require a solid-state drive as...
July 11, 2022

Building a Better Content Management System for Digital Video Conversion

If your organization needs to digitize a large quantity of videos or audio tapes, you’ll need to consider the challenges of at-scale content management.  In many cases, content management is the most labor-intensive (and expensive) component of video digitization. It’s...
July 8, 2022

Can Hot Summer Temperatures Damage Your Hard Drive?

Hard drives are designed to work in a wide range of environments, and a sudden heat wave probably won’t cause your drive to crash. However, there’s certainly a difference between a potential and an optimal operating environment. Over time, extreme...
July 1, 2022

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