March 18

Remember when 3.5” disk could only hold 1.44MB? Do you also remember when a super disk product came out that could hold 120MB? At the time the expanded density storage seemed solve data mobility, at least for a little while. Fast forward to today: we have hard drives that have exponentially grown in data density per platter. As disk density grew file system formatting also evolved. FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS and newly arriving 4k advanced formatting. While increased capacities have allowed users to store all of their accumulated data and remove mobile limitations it also has made our recovery projects a little tougher.

Sure, more data storage is great, but think about how the feat has been accomplished with compromising the physical size of a standard hard drive. At first, single platter models became multi-platter. Then density came into play. Hard drive makers managed to store more data on each platter surface with a more precise read/write process. A more refined laser makes the data footprint even smaller.

This makes data recovery more difficult because tiny problems can lead to major data loss. Previously a minor head crash could mean limited data loss. Nowadays a minor head crash can lead to much more. The amount of data stored in a 1 cm2 location for a 1 terabyte hard drive is significantly more compared to an older 40GB hard drive. That tiny spec of damage can mean the loss of last year’s vacation photos or your entire photo collection to date.

You should always try to store multiple copies of your data on different drive to ensure your data is safe. While hard drive failure is always a possibility, losing your data is not. Remember to get in touch with one of our data recovery experts if failure is the case.

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