In a flash…your photos could be lost!
New Orleans, LA – (IMAGING USA, Booth #1241 —January 16, 2012) – DriveSavers Data Recovery, the worldwide leader in data recovery services, announced today it has formed a dedicated research and development team to conquer the challenges of solid state drive (SSD) data recovery. DriveSavers began working with solid state storage technology around 1995 when SmartMedia cards were introduced with some of the first consumer-priced digital cameras. Since then, DriveSavers has aggressively researched and developed unique techniques for SSD and NAND flash recoveries, as well as partnered with premier SSD manufacturers including Samsung and SandForce.
Storage manufacturers currently use non-volatile flash memory for portable USB drives, camera cards, SSDs, Apple iPhones and iPads. One of the greatest benefits of flash memory is that it doesn’t require power to retain data it stores, unlike other types of memory chips such as DRAM or SRAM. Because SSDs have no moving parts, they eliminate common problems experienced with typical hard drives that employ flying read/write heads such as: head crashes; bad motors and damaged head stacks.
“As SSDs continue to grow in popularity and market share, everyone wants the speed and quick boot times, but have questions about reliability and trusting a new technology with their precious data,” said Chris Bross, Strategic Technical Alliance Engineer at DriveSavers. “Having years of experience in achieving early data recovery success with SSD technology, DriveSavers can provide a safety net should the unexpected SSD failure happen and data loss occurs.”
Nevertheless, for all that you gain from a SSD; data is still at risk. The technology is still relatively new and failures do occur. These devices are susceptible to problems such as bad chips, directory corruption, virus attacks, accidental file deletion, impact damage, electrical spikes and fire or water damage.
SSD data recovery can be challenging for a number of reasons. Data is stored across multiple memory chips, similar to the way data is striped across multiple hard drives in a RAID zero configuration. The SSD controller is the brain of the device and determines how and where the data is to be written on the flash media via complex proprietary algorithms. And many of these SSDs are self-encrypting as well. For a successful recovery to be achieved, we must understand the controller technology and be able to access all the NAND chips on the drive. Some or all chips may be removed from the printed circuit board and make repairs as needed. One-of-a-kind solutions must often be developed very quickly to satisfy our customer’s needs.
“We have a long history of understanding complex data structures, overcoming technological challenges and generating successful SSD recoveries. We continually invest in SSD data recovery research and development to ensure our engineers and technology are ahead of the curve as these devices continue to gain market share.”
For more information about DriveSavers and our SSD data recovery services, visit us at Imaging USA booth #1241.
DriveSavers Data Recovery, the worldwide leader in data recovery services, provides the fastest, most reliable and only certified secure data recovery service in the industry. As the only data recovery company to post proof of annual, company-wide SOC 2 Type II audits and its HIPAA data security compliance, DriveSavers services meet the security protocols for financial, government, corporate and healthcare industries. DriveSavers also adheres to U.S. Government security protocols, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Data Security Rule (GLBA), the Data at Rest mandate (DAR) and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Known for its technologically advanced Certified ISO Class 5 Cleanroom, the company is authorized to open storage devices by all major storage device manufacturers without voiding the warranty. DriveSavers engineers are trained and certified in all leading encryption and forensic technologies. Satisfied customers include: Bank of America, Google, Lucasfilm, NASA, Harvard University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, U.S. Army and Sandia National Laboratories.