Hard Disk / Floppy Disk / Zip
the early days of computers, the need to store data and software was
paramount. After a short but very dynamic history, the hard disks
(HD) became the most popular way of permanent (or long term) storage of data. Until only a few years ago, floppy disks (FD) used
to be the preferred medium for making backups, install new software
or use as a mobile storage medium. Then came along the ZIP drive, a
super-FD but smaller in capacity from a HD. ZIP drives were
initially very popular amongst graphic designers, most of who (until
the late 90s) were using Macs rather than PCs.
floppy disks moved from the 8-inch ones to the 5.25'' down to the
3.5''. The smaller the disk, the higher the capacity. Floppy disks
were handy, but not always reliable.
disk drives (HDD) have gone a long way. In the mid 1980s a good hard
disk would be 10Mb maximum (many PCs did not have hard disks)
whereas now an average PC has a disk of 80Gb; that is an increase by
a factor of 80,000. The amount of data we store is increasing
exponentially and with it the cost of losing these data.
disks may fail for a number of reasons. It might be the end of their
useful life, it could be an overheating, a power surge, or a shock
from dropping. In most cases, we can recover a large portion of the
data, if not all of it. In other cases, this may not be possible.
course we can not guarantee in advance that 100% of a hard disk can
be recovered, without a preliminary examination.
may rest assure that if there is something to salvage from your
disk, it will be recovered.
here to see which hard disks we can recover.