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Predicting Disk Drive Failures with Acronis AI

While cyber protection is most frequently discussed in relation to managing and securing operating software, it can also involve managing the hardware that stores your valuable data – namely your disk drives. Because if your drive fails, any data stored on it can be lost forever.

All hard drives will fail at some point. While this is particularly true of traditional, magnetic disk hard drives (a.k.a. hard disk drives or HDD), newer solid state drives (SSD) that use flash memory also face issues once their memory cells start to fail. Several factors can lead to errors in these data storage devices.

For complete cyber protection, ensuring the stability and reliability of your drive is critical to safeguarding your data.

Acronis Disk Director 12.5 is here

The reliability of your computer has a lot to do with how your system disk is structured and organized. So anyone whose livelihood requires them to have a reliable computer – from professional consumers like freelance photographers, videographers, and independent IT consultants to small businesses with a small handful of employees – an affordable and easy-to-use tool for organizing their hard drives is vital.

For many of these “prosumers” and small businesses, Acronis Disk Director has become their preferred solution – and with good reason. It enjoys the reputation for being the most feature-rich toolkit available for managing your data and hard drives.

Acronis Disk Director users will be excited to learn that we’ve just released an updated version of this award-winning disk management and data manipulation software.  The newly released Acronis Disk Director (v 12.5) delivers even greater control to anyone looking to optimize their system.

HDDs vs SSDs

Solid-state drives (SSDs) have solved many of the problems that have historically plagued hard-disk drives (HDDs), particularly when it comes to sudden mechanical failures and longevity. In fact according to tests of a Samsung 850 Evo, the official estimates show that if you write 20GB on it every day, this SSD will last for up to 187 years.

Can SSDs really replace HDDs? Let’s not forget, HDDs are first introduced in 1956 by IBM, more than 60 years ago. So let’s look and see if SSDs are as reliable as they are advertised.

What Solid-State Drive Data Recovery Limitations Mean for IT

Sleek and slim laptops and mobile devices are all the rage these days as users seek more computing power and better performance. Many devices available today fit the bill thanks in part to solid-state drives (SSDs), which store data on flash memory chips that don't have any moving parts. 

Size, speed and durability are a few of the SSD benefits, but there's a catch when it comes to data recovery: Traditional recovery methods simply do not work on solid-state drives, a limitation that could cause problems for companies when data is lost or put at risk. 

From Sledgehammers to Blowtorches, Gratifying Ways to Destroy a Hard Drive

Conventional wisdom and sound data protection practices suggest that you should keep old hard drives, just in case of emergency. But for those who can't resist the temptation, here are a few of the most exciting methods to destroy a hard drive. Be sure to check out BuzzFeed for more inspiration: 


A thorough hammering will destroy a hard drive. Pummel it until the drive bursts open, then go to town on the platter. Sure, any hammer will do the trick, but why would you use just any hammer when you could use a sledgehammer?!

3 Simple Tips to Prepare for a New Year of Data

It’s time for a new year and a fresh start. In 2014, why not resolve to take better care of your data? As you begin to use any new devices you may have received for the holidays and continue to depend on your old ones, how you store and protect your data is important. Follow these three tips and tricks from Acronis to extend your devices’ lifecycles and get the most out of your technology.

1. Back It Up