As part of its core mission to educate customers on data storage technologies and tips, Hard Drive Recovery Group’s latest blog post tackles RAID arrays – what they are, and how this powerful technology helps businesses across North America.
“While probably near 100% of business and government employees access files from a RAID array on a server of some kind each and every day, few people understand the technology behind them,” said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group. “This is a technology that is now starting to age, and yet still is one of the most powerful enterprise storage systems available today.”
RAID, or Redundant Array of Independent Disks, is a multiple disk array storage style that is typically classified by levels such as RAID 0 (which offers no redundancy, but added performance), RAID 1 (which offers better data security due to redundancy), and the most popular level, the RAID 5 (which offers both speed AND redundancy). These systems are made for heavy duty, long term use and typically operate smoothly for several years. They do, sadly, have their faults.
“RAID 5 and 6 and 10 arrays offer a fantastic degree of redundancy as well as performance, but they are definitely not invincible,” said Davies. “Most IT administrators are aware of this, but if more than a single drive fails in the array, professional data recovery is typically necessary.”
Another blog post, entitled MacOS Mojave for Beginners, explains the operating system update procedure, while offering important tips to Mac users that may be new to the process.
“Although it mostly goes without saying, backing up your computer hard drives any time you are considering upgrading your operating system is just good business,” said Davies. “Operating system upgrades are notorious for going wrong in the Windows world, and there’s really no reason why MacOS upgrades are any different.”
The post also discusses the newer Group FaceTime feature, which allows groups to hold video calls, something that was not available before in the MacOS software.
A third post, entitled, “How Identity Thieves Gain From Data Loss”, discusses the dark side of the Internet, a multi-billion dollar industry known as data brokering. These companies tend to be faceless, shadowy organizations which collect consumer data and then repackage it and sell it to large corporations – often without the permission of the user.
“There are certainly a lot of data brokers making a lot of money selling off data they acquire from means that are not entirely above board,” said Davies. “The real trick in terms of safeguarding your data, though, are the trojan horse data breaches from companies you trust, which often use large Terms and Conditions agreements to fool the average user.”
The data brokering industry has upped its game over the past 10 years, with the public only recently discovering that all of their personal data, including phone call times, GPS location data and even emails are currently being mined by large companies like Facebook and Google. It’s a trend that is likely to continue.
“Unfortunately for the larger social media companies out there, people are beginning to catch on to the fact that everything they do is being traced and saved somewhere on a database,” said Davies. “The larger tech companies have thus far avoided regulation of their use of user data, but considering many have almost ‘Public Utility’-status, that may change soon.”
While the article does discuss how identity thieves can create real difficulties and problems for their victims, the reality is that when it comes to personal data, it is often the user’s most trusted website, social network or even smart phone that may be getting away with virtually everything.
“Getting users to read the Terms and Conditions is not really going to help most people, as they are typically deliberately constructed to be long, hard to read and confusing,” said Davies. “The basic point every user concerned needs to understand is that if they carry a cell phone and use social media apps, they are being tracked.”
Hard Drive Recovery Group offers safe and fully secure data recovery for companies and users that demand a high level of privacy.