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Interpreting S.M.A.R.T. data from hard disc drives

Introduced in 1995 on all IDE, SATA, SSD and SCSI hard drives is a feature described as S.M.A.R.T., an acronym for self monitoring and analysis technology. This is a set of data that is accumulated and stored inside a hard … Continue reading

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Best Practices for Backup

Every computer relies on the hard disk drive inside to store programs and data. When a failure occurs and the drive cannot be used, restoring files from a backup is necessary. However, there are many approaches to backup and not … Continue reading

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Understanding Hard Disk Drive Failure

The most common and critical failure on any laptop, desktop or server computer involves hard disk drive failure. Since the programs and data on a computer require the hard drive to operate correctly, any problems with the hard disk drive … Continue reading

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How to Properly Secure Old Hard Drives

Throughout the useful life of a computer, securing and protecting the data on the hard drive is a necessary concern. But when computers are discarded, the data has to be removed effectively to ensure no one else can read the … Continue reading

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How Long Does a Computer Last?

A previous post described how to determine the real age of a computer by looking at the power-on time instead of the date of manufacture. A related question that is frequently asked is how long will a computer last? Based … Continue reading

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