New Western Digital Helium Hard Disk Drives

HGST LogoNew Western Digital (WD) hard disk drives have a new design. WD introduced a model in which its mechanic component is filled with helium, not air like it used to be! New design may allow the company to improve technical features of the disk drive.

Western Digital made announcement that new 3.5-inch hard drive has improved energy consumption by 23% as compared to similar “old fashined” models. It is expected that in idle state this drives would consume not more than 5,3 W.

This new design allows reducing platter’s thickness and increase record density, which means increasing the number of platters without increasing drive’s weight. This way, drive’s capacity can be increased by 40% which allows designing models with capacity of at least 5.6 TB. However, in theory, using helium can allow set up production of cheap models with hard disk speed of 10000 RPM and above. Today, such disks already exist but they are pricey even at small volumes.

HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies) who joined the Western Digital Corporation in March 2012 continued research with their helium hard disk drive technology and now new WD drives are able to push new models to the next limit. It is expected that production of this novelty product will start this year. It is expected that the cost of helium-filled hard disk will not be much different from ordinary models. On the other side the cost of information storage will definitely be lower.

When it comes for battle between SSD and hard disk drives emergence of new technologies like this one can help hard disk drives to remain on their trone for years.

“Manufacturers working in hard disk industry have been trying for a decade to accomplish something similar”, — says Brendan Collins, Vice-President Product Marketing HGST, — “However, only we so far patented a technology allowing mass production of such disks. We think that within the next 10 years this design will be used in cloud storages and data centres as main storage device”.

Mr. Collins explais that the most difficult part in creating new hard disk drive was to ensure proper air-tightness to avoid leakage. These new, helium drives can be used in more severe environment than in the case of ordinary models.

When it comes for battle between SSD and hard disk drives emergence of new technologies like this one can help hard disk drives to remain on apex for years. For data recovery companies this new technology will be yet another problem to deal with. Years from now our technicians may wear gas masks or they will sound strange with all that helium.

The basics of data recovery strategy

It is a common mistake that data recovery and backup strategy are the same? Obviously they are not. Data recovery strategy involves steps to follow when data loss occurs while backup strategy should prevent data loss.

Value of dataIt is irrelevant how big your company is when it comes to data loss. Some believe that only large enterprises have to have strategies which will prevent data loss and therefore having a data recovery strategy is obsolete. They are mistaken.

Small companies can suffer from data loss even more than the large ones since there are numerous regulations which big ones have to meet and having both proper backup and data recovery strategies are just two of many.

The bottom line is, no matter how many computers are interconnected in your company, every single employee needs to be able to recognize indications of potential media failure, corrupted files, files that have disappeared, noisy hard drives, items infected with viruses, issues with power grid or problems related to natural disasters such as water damage.

{ 1 } The first and common mistake is that companies, especially small ones, will estimate the potential value of their important data after data loss. In case your company has not already determined the value of the data; how irreplaceable is it, how soon you will need it if lost, and who needs it the most, you are in serious trouble. Not having these answers in the first place is what data recovery companies are rely on and this is one of the main reason data recovery can be so pricey.

{ 2 } The second common mistake is that rebooting will fix any computer related issue. It comes from the old days when most of the computer operating systems were buggy and a simple reboot made everything better. These days computers are more sophisticated and rebooting in some cases can create even more damage. For instance, a failing hard drive can be seriously damaged with a simple reboot being done. Therefore, every employee should know the first step to take upon suspecting data being lost or that a computer system is compromised is to do nothing until someone comes to assess the current situation.

{ 3 } In case backup failed for any reason and the data needs to be recovered make sure you or your system administrator knows how important that data really is. It is also a common mistake that data recovery first should be performed in-house, even in cases when the only copy of crucial data is lost?! Before you do that, keep in mind that in most cases companies suffering from important data loss will shut down in six months or less. Therefore, working on the one and only copy of your important data is serious business and should not be performed by amateurs! It may seem pretentious but even experienced system administrators are usually amateurs when it comes for data recovery.

{ 4 } The last statement leads us to the next step, calling your data recovery provider. Having a good and knowledgeable data recovery provider as a partner in critical situation and your strategy is an imperative. Since this is so important, how do you find a good data recovery provider? Finding a experienced data recovery company is not easy. Simply Googling it and choosing the one on the first page is just not good enough. Many people, desperately make another common mistake, entrusting the telephone operator who took their call. One must understand these people deal with desperate people all the time and their empathy skills are brushed up to a point that after a couple of minutes you’ll think of them as your best friend. They have trained to act like that as they’ll gain a percentage from each new case they provide. Another problem comes from companies who charge you before your media is even shipped to them. In many of these cases your media will be returned with no data recovered. In the best case scenario they will not perform any operation on it and in the worse there may be additional damage and surcharge to have your media back. This is why you need to know your data recovery provider before data loss is experienced. Before you ship make sure you read their reviews, there are no hidden cost, you are familiar with their policies and you know what will happen to your media afterwards.

As a conclusion, in order to get your company prepared for potential data loss when your backup failed, a proper data recovery strategy must give an answer to the following questions; Are your employees able to identify errors in computer system? Have you estimated the value of each file and folder in your company network? Who will be the first to handle a situation when data loss occurs? Who is your data recovery provider?

When you have answers to all these questions above you will be secured and your company data protected. Happy computing!

Don’t be fool an April fool, backup your data

Three years ago, a bunch of Reddit users declared March 31 World Backup Day, using the clever tagline “Don’t be an April Fool.”

Broken hard disk heads are very common cause of  data loss
Broken hard disk heads are very common cause of data loss

In many of our previous articles we tried to explain different backup techniques. World backup day is still not officially established as a global awareness day but it provides a welcome reminder that we should all keep reviewing our backup strategies.

By definition backup is the process of copying and archiving of computer data so it can be restored later after a data loss event occurs. On the other hand, your backup strategy will basically depend on how much you value your data and how much time you are willing to spend backing it up. These days it is relatively easy and cheap to have access to removable hard drives or cloud service. Backup applications are also at your fingertips with a simple internet search. So not having an additional copy of your important data is simply a bad excuse and since today is World Backup Day we ask you: “When was the last time you backed up your data?”

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