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History of Data Management

It is easy in the data storage and data management world and say that it is constantly changing and new technology is being developed every day. Looking back at the history of data storage and data management I discovered that some of today’s “new” technologies had been around (or conceptually around) for a lot longer than I had thought. What has really changed is how we manage data. The following …Read More

Advantages and risks of Software Defined Storages (SDS)

In recent years, companies have had to contend with a large increase in data volumes and this trend will continue in the years to come. With each approaching year, more and more data is collected and stored.  According to a study conducted by EMC, our digital universe is growing 40 per cent a year into the next decade.  Just think about how much data you collect and store today versus five years …Read More

One iPad’s Trip

One of our customers accidentally dropped his iPad from a train, in a remote woodland area. Amazingly, they were able to locate the iPad, but it was severely damaged and all the data was lost. Our data recovery engineer reviewed the device to evaluate the damage and if a data recovery was possible. He found: The digitiser was destroyed, so the iPad did not respond to touch The second layer comprised of the LCD (which …Read More

Data is Data

When we think of creating data, we typically think of a computer, tablet, smartphone or wearable. What we don’t typically think about are industry-specific devices, unless we are using one. We recently came across one such device, a Trimble Recon Rugged Handheld Computer used to document parameters of pipe fusion processes. This little device, also known as a “Data Collector” or “Controller”, looks like an ultra-rugged GPS.  Pipe inspectors use …Read More

Melted CCTV

Kroll Ontrack on occasion sees CCTV systems that have been involved in a business premise or house fire. As you can imagine the owners of investigators see real value in the data hence the reason they bring the units to Kroll Ontrack for recovery. The golden rule of data recovery for all types of mechanical hard drives is if the platters are still shiny, then there is still hope for …Read More

Help! Data Recovery from Mobile Devices

What starts out as a quick update or installation of a new app on your smartphone or tablet suddenly ends with nothing working and all of your photos, texts, contacts, etc. gone. Or you have a situation like me where you did an innocent thing like pull your mobile phone out of your pocket and dropped it on the floor resulting in a cracked, useless, device (yes, I even had a name-brand …Read More

Liquid and computers don’t mix

A few months ago, Michael Leadbetter, had one of his worst nightmares come true. The well-regarded Brisbane-based corporate, magazine and wedding photographer spent the day photographing and filming interviews with participants at a client conference. The speakers had flown in from all parts of the globe and the day was a huge success. All that was required was to produce the photos and edit the video footage for the client. …Read More

HDD crashes more than doubled in the last four years

HDD crashes more than doubled in the last four years, remaining the most common cause of data loss according to customer data* collected by Kroll Ontrack. When asked about the causes of their most recent data losses, 65 percent of Australians surveyed noted that their most recent data loss came from a desktop or laptop hard drive, followed by SSD (16 percent), tablet/smart phone (12 percent) and RAID/virtual services (7 …Read More

Data Recovery Basics: The World’s First Data Recovery

Almost 30 years have gone by since Kroll Ontrack performed the world’s first successful commercial data recovery.  How this significant milestone was reached can be traced back to 1985, when a company named Ontrack Computer Systems built a software program called Disk Manager®, which made it easy to install a computer hard disk. Humble beginnings At the time, due to operating system and BIOS constraints, computers weren’t able to maximise …Read More