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Using SMART tools to predict HDD failure

In a previous blog – MTBF: Can it help predict hard drive failure? – we noted that the best-known methods for predicting hard disk drive (HDD) failure aren’t what you’d call scientific. Grinding and thrashing noises are a reliable indicator that a HDD is about to give up the ghost, for example, but that’s cold comfort when your drives are sitting in a remote data centre and therefore out of earshot. Hard drive manufacturers, …Read More

What is data loss?

You’d have a tough time nowadays finding a person who’s never had a run-in with data loss. We’ve all known that sinking feeling when a power cut or crash sends an unsaved Word document spinning into the void, or when an internet connection cuts out and a web page full of forms is wiped blank. In the modern age, data loss is as certain as death and taxes. It’s also …Read More

Mean Time Between Failures: Can it help predict hard drive failure?

Here at Kroll Ontrack, we’re well aware that data loss can affect anyone. For many of us, it comes in the form of hard disk drive (HDD) failure – an umbrella term for mechanical, electronic and logical defects that render the information stored therein unreadable. There are dozens of possible causes for this type of malfunction, ranging from logical software errors to physical damage and overheating – and, of course, …Read More