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5 SSDs and data recovery complications

Over the past few years Kroll Ontrack have been compiling a database of Solid State Drives (SSD) and other flash memory devices sent to them for data recovery. Its engineers have recently been analysing this data and have come up with the top 5 SSD recovery issues that make data recovery from SSDs much more complex than traditional HDDs: 1. Proprietary design and architecture The design of SSD is rapidly evolving …Read More

PCIE storage and what it means for SSD recovery

Following the increase in popularity of SSDs and the demand for slimmer and lighter devices, more companies are now looking at PCIE-based storage as a replacement for the SATA interface. Essentially, these drives connect directly in to PCIE (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) slots, meaning that data transfer rates are much faster than traditional hard drives. In addition, by using these devices the overall form factor of the host machine can …Read More

When the chips are down, we can help with SSD recovery

The advent of SSDs has brought on a whole new set of data recovery challenges for Clean Rooms across the world, not only because they are complicated devices, but physically working on SSDs is time consuming and complex. Flash recovery is nothing new, but the differences between the 32MB USB sticks of old and the modern day 320GB SSDs of today is huge. Not only are the electronics far more …Read More

‘They run forever’ and other myths about SSDs

Myth – Solid state devices and solid state storage have no moving parts and therefore fail very rarely. Reality – Solid state storage is far more reliable than traditional HDD, as they have no moving parts, but they are most commonly installed in mobile devices, which are subjected to much harsher environmental conditions than most traditional HDD applications.  The most common cause of solid state device failure Kroll Ontrack sees …Read More

3 things manufacturers don’t tell you about Solid State Drives (SSDs)

1. Data corruption risks due to poor design and insufficient testing When removing your SSD device from your computer, it is imperative to disconnect the device safely. Otherwise removing the power while the SSD is reading or writing data means you are taking the chance that the SSD device can shut itself down into a safe state within milliseconds.  This is a tall order and to expect it to work every time without …Read More