What’s the Best Portable Hard Drive?

What’s the best portable hard drive? If you’re looking for the best brand and model to use for backing up and general computing, here’s an opinion from a data recovery professional. (Because a stroll through the bush beats sitting at the...

How To Securely Erase My SSD?

How To Securely Erase My SSD? Q. I have a used SSD [Solid State Drive] that I want to sell. How can I wipe it to ensure my deleted data cannot be later recovered? A. Since opening it up and putting a nail through the NAND flash memory chips is not an option...

How To Securely Erase My HDD?

 How To Securely Erase My HDD? Q. Do you have a recommended program for wiping mechanical hard disk drives (not SSDs)? A. Buckle in, this one gets a little technical! This can prove to be a controversial question if asked in online discussion forums....

RAID and NAS Devices As Backup

 Do you rely solely on RAID and NAS devices as backup, without copies anywhere else? If your only copy is on a NAS with RAID as your backup, for either home or business, this may be worth a read. Why NAS with RAID is Popular As Backup NAS devices are becoming...

Which HDD Test Utility?

Which HDD Test Utility? Q. What software can I use to scan a hard drive for issues? A. Logical test utilities are largely useless when there are physical HDD problems and indeed can actually make things worse, as they operate with an assumption that what they read...

When Your Backup Is Not A Backup

 Why One Backup Copy Isn’t Enough You’re ready to backup. You’ve purchased your shiny new external hard drive and are ready to finally get your files under control. Great! You’ve copied your photos, music, videos and documents onto it...