Over the years there have been questions relating to matters such as data recovery from RAID systems, whether data can really be erased from hard disks, how data is stored on tapes, that keep rearing their heads. You can, of course, contact one of Altirium's technical team directly with any questions you have or if you need advice, however new articles are added frequently and so over time the information stored within these articles will answer most general questions.
Tape is being challenged by a new breed of disk based data backup devices and platforms, the ability to backup and restore without the challenge of understanding the tape backup environment, and the addition of additional functionality such as de-duplication make disk based backup an appealing prospect. So, is disk supplanting tape as the data backup platform of choice, or is tape still the dominant force for backup and archive?
Last Updated (Wednesday, 17 June 2009 18:59)
Hard disk drives are remarkable reliable but can still fail, and when they do it can mean the loss of important data. What can go wrong within a hard disk, and when something fails must it inevitable result in data loss or can a data recovery service rescue the data? This article details the general failures that can occur and what can be done to recover data when they do.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 17 June 2009 13:27)
The backing up of data to tape is only part of the battle against data loss, if it cannot be restored a backup is valueless. It is surprising then that often the most meticulous backup procedures are followed up by inadequate media handling and storage. The tape manufacturers publish guidelines giving information about the correct environmental conditions for tape storage and proper handling techniques, and following these is a must if data loss and the need for data recovery are to be avoided.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 17 June 2009 13:55)
There are times when ensuring that data cannot be recovered is of vital importance. Personal information pertaining to, for example, bank accounts, healthcare and criminal activity has been found on hard disk drives in systems that have been disposed of insecurely. Can data ever be truly be erased from a hard drive? Some people say not, but some assertions about the recovery of data belong squarely in the realm of science fiction. So, how can we ensure that the data has gone?
Last Updated (Thursday, 18 June 2009 15:31)