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Five myths about recovering and losing data

1. Shock-resistant enclosure for external hard drives.

The shock-resistant enclosure is mostly a marketing ploy. Rubber enclosures don’t save a hard drive from damages after falling or hitting. Such disks look nice and seem reliable. However, they marginally lower disk details overload while hitting or falling. Rubber enclosure can save in case of small height and for a turned-off disk. If a drive is working and then it falls it will damage nearly always because maximum permissible overloads for a working disk is 5–7 times less than for a turned-off disk.

2. There is a vacuum inside a hard drive.

Some users also use an «inert gas» term. We are even sorry to discard this myth because it stops some clients from the self-determined opening of a disk. But in fact, there is just clean, dust-free air inside a disk.

About 10–15 years ago disks were really made absolutely sealed. You could even spill some water on them, then wipe an electronics board and use it on. Modern disks are different because there is a micro-hole in their enclosure. If you dip such disk in water it will leak inside a hermoblock.

3. You can create a «clean room» at home and take a disk apart.

Some people think that if they clean a room thoroughly, for instance, clean a bathroom, they can safely open a hard drive. Of course, it’s a myth because data recovery specialists disassemble and assemble hard disks in a special dust-free space, and a specialist working with a disk is dressed in special clothing.

4.You do not need to contact data recovery specialists because there is free software.

There is a lot of data recovery software on the market, even free ones like Recuva, and paid options like ReclaiMe File Recovery. And using such software is a good solution in case of a filesystem error, accident formatting, or deleting files by mistake. However, these utilities won’t help if a disk is physically damaged. Besides, it’s possible that using this software on a physically damaged disk might even make a situation worse.

5. Solid-state drives (SSD) are indestructible.

There are no moving parts in solid-state drives, like in a hard drive, and seemingly there is nothing to spin or break. However, it doesn’t mean that you can play football with SSD – it’s not insured from a fatal damage. Besides, SSD has a limited rewrite cycle quantity.

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