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Knowledgebase – Tips and Tricks

Knowledgebase - Tips and Tricks

While you should never attempt to repair digital media or recover your own files, you can often prevent file damage by taking immediate action after a disaster. This part of our blog contains tips to help you avoid data loss.

Cloud Storage

How Safe is The Cloud

The cloud. Really? Who named it that? A cloud; a soft, fluffy white thing that goes away on a sunny day; made out of water vapor. Yeah. Data loves water. Maybe they named it the cloud because it is far away, floating above the earth, inaccessible. Hmm. On the other hand, perhaps they called it the cloud because it is a cloud of mystery. Nobody knows where your data is. No matter what the cloud is, they could have put a little more thought into what they (whoever "they" is) called it.

Data Encryption

Best Ways to Encrypt Data

The best way to encrypt most data is to not encrypt it; meaning, of course, not all data need be encrypted—or should it? Some individuals and companies feel they need to encrypt everything. Sometimes this is warranted; sometimes it’s just overkill. However, it is still a very subjective question. What some would consider paranoia may often be inadequate protection against corporate thieves and hackers.

With so many different brands and models, which drives offer the best speed, reliability and price?

Top 5 External Hard Drives of 2012

Paranoia is often what drives us to buy an external hard drive. We need to “back up” our photos and other information in case our computers die. But sometimes we have to buy another hard drive to back up the first hard drive. In our haste, we had bought the wrong brand. e have reached the end of another year. It is time to compile the best external hard drive brands of the year.

hard drive in the snow

4 Tips for Keeping Your Hard Drives Safe in the Winter

In order to keep your hard drives safe, you need to make sure to operate them in an appropriate, temperature-controlled environment. This can be difficult during the winter, particularly if you run a large number of computers in a commercial facility, basement or other area where temperatures vary with the seasons.

A User suddenly realizes they've lost all their critical data

Common Types of Data Loss and How to Prevent Them

We receive thousands of cases each year, and while no two are the same, we've found that many of our clients lose data for similar reasons. Here are a few of the most common types of data loss. Remember that data loss can occur at any time. Even if you have a new computer or a redundant storage system, you should always remember to backup your information frequently to keep yourself protected.

A man recognizes his hard drive has died

Hard Drive Failure Symptoms

Hard drives contain a lot of moving parts, so they occasionally fail and lose data. Unfortunately, many computer users don't recognize the symptoms of a failing hard drive right away and continue to operate their drive, which greatly increases the chances of permanent data loss.

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