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Best SSD 2020

Best SSDs 2020

Are you looking to upgrade your laptop storage or maybe looking to improve speed and durability you must be thinking what are the best Solid State Drives available? Though we here at recover my data always recommend backing all you valuable data up to the cloud this might be Icloud, dropbox or google drive. You do have to pay monthly or annually for this service and if you are looking for a cost efficient alternative then the modern solid state drive is a great idea, they are faster, stylish and more durable than previous years. We also know that for the pricing point you can get more for your money.

You are probably wondering what brands make good, reliable Solid Sate drives? You probably have heard of Seagate, Western Digital, Toshiba, Samsung to name a few but which one of these are the most reliable for your storage needs? We’ve picked what we consider the best SSD’s on the market.

Samsung 860 QVO 1TB

Always be sure. The 860 QVO is your reliable alternative to legacy storage, built with Samsung V-NAND technology. Samsung’s extensive analysis of SSD user patterns has resulted in a sufficient TBW rating to assure everyday PC users.

Your First Terabyte SSD: faster, more power efficient, emit less heat, noise and vibration free, and data will be kept more secure Perfect for PC and laptop users looking for a combination of capacity and performance in a single drive Breakthrough with Samsung’s latest 4-bit MLC NAND flash technology, u to 550 MB/s read and 520 MB/s write speeds give the experience of a new computer. Intelligent TurboWrite accelerates write speeds and maintains long-term high performance

Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB

DURABLE DESIGN: SanDisk Solid State Drives have a durable solid design which is engineered to resist vibration and shock, helping to keep your data safe over time. This solid state drive performs up to 20x faster than a typical hard disk drive, with sequential read speeds of up to 535MB/s. You will appreciate an overall better computer experience! Delivering SLC caching which boosts burst write performance, the SanDisk SSD is ideal for typical PC workloads such as web browsing, email & audio/video entertainment. The SanDisk SSD Plus comes with easy, step-by-step instructions regarding how to set up your new drive. It also comes with a cloning software.

Western Digital WD Blue 3D NAND Internal SSD 500GB 

Uses 3D NAND technology not only for higher capacities (up to 2TB) than the previous generation WD Blue SSDs, but also to help reduce cell-to-cell interference for enhanced reliability. Offering improved endurance, a WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD features an active power draw up to 25% lower2 than previous generations of WD Blue SSDs for high-end computing applications like gaming, HD media playback, or creative software. An SSD is designed with no moving parts to help protect against data loss if it is accidentally bumped or dropped. Monitor your drive’s available capacity, operating temperatures, SMART attributes and more with the WD SSD Dashboard. Acronis True Image WD Edition software

Seagate 1 TB Fast SSD

The Seagate Fast SSD is perfect for personal, on-the-go storage. This lightweight and stylish external SSD can protect up to 2TB of your favourite photos, videos and must-have files. Plus, the fully reversible USB-C cable means hassle-free connectivity with an ever-increasing number of USB-C compatible devices. Fast SSD also has some of the fastest read/write speeds around—up to 540/500MB/s. Be sure to take advantage of the folder syncing feature which monitors a target folder for any file additions, deletions or modifications.

WD 500 GB My Passport Go Portable SSD

My Passport Go is the tough SSD drive built to travel. Drop-resistant up to 2 meters thanks to a rubber protective bumper on the outside, the drive endures bumps and shakes even while it’s plugged in. This pocket-sized drive has a built-in cable making it as conveniently portable as it is durable. With a solid-state drive inside, the My Passport Go drive is over 2.5x faster than most portable hard drives with up to 400MB/s performance. It works with both PC or Mac computers, includes automatic backup software for Windows and Time Machine compatibility (reformatting required), and has been designed for high reliability. This is no ordinary drive – My Passport Go is the perfect drive to take anywhere with confidence.

If you’re looking for what the best external hard drive to buy is have a look at this blog here.


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What are the Differences Between HDDs and SSDs

When it comes to data storage on computers, there are basically two things people can go for; hard disk drives and solid state drives. The former has long been the more popular of the two and has been the default storage device. However, of late, an increasing number of people are moving towards SSDs and they are being widely considered to be the better option because of the speed and security they offer. Let’s take a look at why that is by comparing HDDs and SSDs and making note of the differences that they have.

Hard Disk Drives

Having been used as the main storage device inside in computers for the last few decades, hard disk drives have been here for a while. They utilize magnetism as a means of storage. They are essentially made up of a number of rotating disks placed on top of each other, which each individual disk being covered by a magnetic material. The disks are collectively called platters and are toggled using an actuator arm. The actuator essentially finds the spot on the disks where data has to be placed or retrieved from. HDDs use binary as a means of data storage and store it linearly.

A number of problems exist in them because of how they are structured. First of all, hard disk drives have a number of moving parts and if a single one is damaged, the entire hard disk ends up sustaining damage. Moreover, due to the fact that it’s all magnetic, a magnetic force can end up influencing a hard disk. Finally, due to the way they work, hard disk drives are quite slow at times and when put under heavy load they can end up getting stuck. This makes them an inefficient means of data storage,

Solid State Drives

Solid state drives are a relatively newer means of storage when compared to HDDs. However, ever since they have been introduced their popularity has been rapidly increasing and they are quickly becoming the preferred option for those looking for a storage device. The reason for that has to do with the fact that SSDs are the faster option when compared with HDDs. Moreover, they are far less prone to getting stuck and even being damaged. A lot of the benefits of SSDs come from the way they are manufactured.

SSDs are flash drives. Rather than relying on magnetism for data reading and storage, they use flashes of light to gather data and store it. Moreover, the use transistors (sometimes called user cells as well) as their storage cells instead of using moving disks. The transistors read signals and accept them or reject them. An acceptance means a value of 1 being set and stored stored and a rejection means a value of 0 being held by the transistor. This setup makes SSDs far faster than your standard HDD and it also makes them less prone to damage. Since there are no moving parts, the entire SSD works homogenously at almost all times.

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What’s Your Data Worth? Business Data Storage, Why You Need To Have A Back-Up Plan

The cost of data recovery depends significantly on what is actually wrong with the device.  The question you should be asking is what is the data worth to you and what is your back up plan going forward? The costs associated with data recovery are not limited to the work we do in our lab retrieving your data. There are further reaching financial and administrative impacts on an organisation when data is lost.

Data can be lost due to a hard drive failure, a virus, a theft or any other occurrence that renders your computer or devices unusable. Many situations lead to the wiping out of your entire system, including all your important files and documents, whether they’ve been backed up or not.

How would your organisation cope if we found that we couldn’t recover the data? Would you be able to continue with business as usual or would your business come to a grinding halt? In this blog we explain some of the risks associated with insufficient and inadequate data storage and how it can affect your business.

Stoppage Time

Productivity is the first thing to be impacted if there is a major data loss and if employees aren’t able to access the information they need.  Important information may not be available for Senior Managers or important meetings. Projects might be missing information and then deadlines and closing dates missed.  How well could your business cope with this type of major disruption? Would you just be able to walk it off or would it have a devastating impact on cash flow, potential contracts and client work?


General Data Protection Regulation came into force in the UK in 2018 and explains the data protection regulations that apply to all UK businesses and organisations.  Losing client data means you could potentially be in breach of GDPR in the event you cannot recover your data and attempt to make contact with your clients if they requested to opt out of your mailing list. GDPR is a serious matter and breaches can result in significant fines.

Reputational Risk

Bad news travels fast. The bigger your organisation, the faster it travels.  If your company can’t serve its clients or ends up as industry gossip as the result of a data loss incident, the negative publicity can damage your business reputation permanently. Some organisations spend hundreds of thousands of pounds repairing their brand after a data loss event.

Financial Impact

Is your business robust enough to absorb a major data loss?  Losing data through failure of devices, fire, flood, human error, whatever the cause, has the ability to have a huge negative impact on the business. Lost opportunities, missed deadlines, delayed business growth – depending on the severity of the loss.  Many organisations have all their data stored only in one place, or their back up is located on a different server in the same office. Putting policies in place, having back ups and a Plan B in case the worst happens can save your business thousands if not millions of pounds.

We understand the importance of your data and we keep up with the latest in digital technology so that whatever your device we can handle the problem.  We offer an honest approach to data recovery. Sometimes it is just not possible to recover your data but if this is the case we will always tell you and as soon as possible.  We provide an honest, fast and efficient recovery service and we keep you informed at every stage. If you would like to discuss your data recovery needs or get some advice about upgrading your storage solutions get in touch.

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Damaged Hard Drive? Is The Data Recoverable?

Your Hard Drive IS Your Computer

“Your hard drive is damaged”

You might not know how your hard drive works or even what its looks like but know that’s not good news.  In the same way you instinctively know when a mechanic tells you your head gasket has blown. You might not recognise a head gasket if it fell from the sky but you know that it means you’re about to be inconvenienced, lose some money and experience some stress.  You know that it’s bad, but you don’t know how bad. What happens when your hard drive is defective, have you backed up all your files? If you have, well done but you’re in the minority. Most of us don’t have a back up. Can your data be rescued?

Your hard drive is where all the data in your computer is stored.  Not just your files and the documents you have created but also all the code required for your operating system, the framework your internet browser uses to connect to the internet, the drivers for your printer, basically everything. If your computer was a person, the hard drive would be the brain and without it even the most basic functions are impossible, even if you do know some living breathing examples who demonstrate it is possible to function without this vital organ.  

Back Up or Lose It!

Every hard drive or computer brain if you like, has a certain amount of space in it.  Some of that space is taken up with the basic functions and the rest of it you use everytime you download or create a document or file.  You can create back ups of all your information either on an external hard drive or within a cloud based server, or both. We cannot stress the importance of backing up all your data, on all your devices, strongly enough.  As the saying goes, it’s not a good idea to keep all your eggs in one basket. Unfortunately, it’s not until a client experiences a critical data loss that they realise the importance of not storing all their data in just one place.  

How can you tell if you’re hard drive is about to kick the bucket? Frequent but irregular crashes, especially during the operating system start up are a sign that your hard drive is struggling.  Frequent error messages when carrying out simple tasks like moving files, increased wait times for files to access, and ticking noises coming from the drive are all especially bad. This is the time, if you haven’t already, to backup your files.  If your hard drive is going to fail there is nothing you can do to prevent it – make sure you have back ups somewhere. Don’t wait for your hard drive to fail before you do this!

Worst Case Scenario – Can You Get Your Data Back?

You didn’t back up your data.  Your hard drive is damaged or has failed.  What do you do now? Trying to retrieve the data yourself is extremely risky, you may eliminate what chances you ever had of recovering the data if you damage what is a very fragile device. 

Getting your data back  depends on how far gone the drive is. Simple file corruption can usually be easily repaired with software tools provided with the OS to make it bootable again.  This is the point at which you would you send your hard drive to Recover My Data so we can recover the data for you.   

In the majority of cases it is the Firmware that has become corrupted.  Think of firmware as a language the computer uses to speak to the hard drive. You may be able to remove and reinstall the firmware firmware – but it must be an exact match in order to work and the potential for data loss if the right firmware isn’t installed if high.

In more severe cases where the heads are failing, the entire HDD may need to be ‘mirrored’ onto a second HDD. This can take many hours (or even days) to complete. The lost data is then recovered from the second HDD when that process is complete.

It is common to have a singular head fail in which case we can “turn off” the faulty head so it doesn’t read and then we recover the data from the other heads. We then go back to the faulty head on its own.  This saves time and the potential data loss of the entire drive.  If the head fails we can do a head swap and then read the last head to access the data.

Leave It To The Experts

Finally, in the most dire cases when the HDD doesn’t work at all, the HDD will need to be sent to Recover My Data and we will recover the data where possible and transfer it onto an external storage device.

At Recover My Data if it isn’t possible to recover your data we’ll tell you straight away.  We run a diagnostic test to determine the extent of the damage and how much of your data is recoverable.   We believe in being open and honest with our clients. We won’t waste your time or your money. If the data isn’t recoverable, we’ll tell you.  If we can do it, we’ll tell you how much it’s going to cost and how much information we can save before you part with any cash.

Get in touch today if you would like to find out more about how we work and the services we provide.