Nannette Abia Rivera's external hard drive stopped working, and she needs to recover files stored on it. When you store files on an external drive, it's easy to forget my first rule of tech storage: Never have only one copy of anything. We tend to think of external drives--especially external hard drives--as a backup medium, so of course anything on the drive must be a backup. But if files exist only on that external drive, they are not backed up. And you need to make sure they get backed up to something other than that particular drive--whether it's an internal drive, the cloud, NAS, or another external drive.
How to plan, manage, and optimize enterprise storage to keep up with the data deluge. I've been a paying Backblaze customer for the last couple of years and a fan for even longer. The company has a relentless focus on easy-to-use software and unlimited backup storage. I use over 2TB of Backblaze storage for encrypted backup data. This morning they've released their latest three years of disk drive data from over 60,000 drives.
Most laptops and many desktops now use or offer solid-state drives (SSDs) instead of mechanical hard drives. SSDs are faster and more reliable than their mechanical counterparts. However, SSDs are trickier to wipe and few hard drive erasers support them. If you're wiping a mechanical hard drive, you'll want a drive eraser utility that offers a data destruction method known as DoD 5220.22-M. Served up by the US Department of Defense, by default this method overwrites your data three times with different characters to fully wipe your drive.
If you missed the awesome storage deals during Black Friday, today's deal comes close to those crazy low prices. Amazon is selling the WD 10TB Elements external desktop hard drive for $200. Yes, you read that right--10 terabytes. This deal doesn't quite match the drive's $180 low around Cyber Monday, but it's still far below this drive's usual $280 to $300 sticker price. This is a desktop hard drive, meaning it requires its own power source, and it's not meant to be portable.
External hard drives have been steadily dropping for months, but this deal is one of the best we've ever seen: Best Buy is selling a 10TB WD Easystore hard drive for just $160Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $300 and just $0.016 cents a gig. This hard drive's 10TB of storage provide plenty of room for photos, music, documents, and any other files you need. A USB 3.0 connection with backward USB 2.0 compatibility allows for plug-ins from a variety of devices for easy file transfers. In addition, included WD Backup and WD Discovery software helps navigate through files and save them securely. We previously spotlighted this drive in February when it was $170, but this deal brings it even lower.