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Is my data secure with DriveFish?

August 20th, 2012 No comments

To answer in a word: yes!

We completely understand hesitation in sending some of your most valuable personal data, we would do the same! And because of that, we treat every one of our customer’s data as priceless and incredibly sensitive, operating under a standard of non-disclosure. Our engineers only look at your data solely to confirm everything is valid, and beyond that consider it completely private.

This is our standard procedure, but if it makes you feel more comfortable, we are happy to offer a signed non-disclosure agreement. Our data recovery takes place in our offline, self-securing lab so there is no chance of your information ever leaking on to the Internet. We will keep your data for approximately 30 days after your recovery (to be sure you got everything you wanted), and then it will be digitally destroyed. The only bits of data that make it out of our lab are those that are delivered to you.

Of course you can feel free to call if you have further questions or concerns. While we can tell you all day about the security of our data recovery lab, sometimes it is much more comforting to hear someone’s voice. DriveFish’s friendly customer service representatives are happy to personally explain the process to you and discuss any other needs you may have that need to be accommodated.

Give us a call today!

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Hardware and Software of Curiosity Mars Rover

August 14th, 2012 No comments

Hard drives hold some of the most valuable information to us, and most DriveFish customers can attest to how fragile they can be. So you can imagine a hard drive in a computer being sent to Mars would have to be able to withstand extreme conditions far beyond those of your average computer room.

First of all, everything has to stay working because there is obviously no one up there to fix it. Curiosity’s sensitive electronic parts must withstand the coldness of space, radiation extremes, impact events, electric overload, and the killer of many hard drives on Earth – dust. These elements are all present in extreme forms on Mars, a planet with very little atmosphere for protection compared to our home planet.

So with this in mind, it makes the hardware components of the on-board computer less to scoff at. The specifications are barely on par with decade old home computers, including a PowerPC 750 clocked around 200 MHz, and 256 MB of DRAM with 2 GB of flash storage to store video and data before being transmitted to Earth. But the full computer suite had to be specially designed to withstand the elements of space and the Martian surface.

What happens when the software needs to be upgraded? No problem, we’ll take care of it remotely! Yes, the software in Curiosity was upgraded after reaching the planet’s surface to be geared towards day to day activities on the red planet. So even if the computer in Curiosity doesn’t seem as top of the line as you might guess, it should be an understatement to say it is still an impressive feat of technology.

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What Happened To Hard Drive Prices?

August 7th, 2012 No comments

If you have shopped for a hard drive in the last year, you have probably noticed a wild fluctuation in prices. What is going on here? Is someone trying to rip us off?

While many of the parts for drives are made around the region, most of the final assembly of hard drives is done in the country of Thailand. Flooding in Thailand prevented much of the factory labor from going to work, and hard drive prices went up accordingly. Many reputable internet hardware vendors such as NewEgg were selling hard drives for twice the cost they were prior to the flood. Computer providers such as Dell were actually shipping computers without hard drives, allowing the consumers to deal with the problem on their own.

Thankfully as of a few months ago, production got back to normal and prices started getting back down to their original value. Most stores now offer hard drives about the same cost they were prior to the flood. But even so, this is a lesson for all of us how a limited supply of a product like computer hard drives can have a worldwide effect on prices at the local level.

And don’t let anyone double charge you for a hard drive anymore! If you have questions about hard drives or current prices, contact DriveFish!

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