Types of Hard Drive failure Modes

There are various ways in which your hard drive may fail; these situations are usually known as failure modes and identifying the failure and its cause is known as failure determination. Head Crash is one of the most common way in which your hard drive can fail.

In fact, the head crash is an ‘airline disaster’ of hard drive world; it is dramatic, feared, and well-known. Such disaster leads to any sort of data loss and require Data Recovery solutions to be handled.

Some common types of hard drive failure are:

  1. Logical Failure: These include hard drive data structure corruption, virus infection, hard drive formatting, file system corruption, operating system malfunction, and accidental deletion. If there is a logical failure, then your critical data becomes inaccessible and you encounter significant data loss situations.
  2. Mechanical Failure: These include the physical component failure mostly due to actuator arm or spindle motor which causes excessive heat, motor burnout, stuck bearings, and vibration.
  3. Read/Write Head Failures: These include head contamination, head manufacturing defects, improper flying height, bad wiring among logical board and head, and exuberant read/write errors. All these failure situations comprise a high percentage of total number of disk failures.
  4. Firmware or Logic Board Failure: They are related to the integrated circuit board of the hard drive, its chips, circuits, other components, and firmware (software routines) that runs it.
  5. Media Failure: This category of issues relates to difficulty with hard drive platters and magnetic media, servo operation, formatting, and more. It includes the hard drives, which fail due to poor handling, read/write errors, low-level formatting errors, and scratches on media surface.

Nevertheless the failure mode and failure determination, ultimate result is some sort of data loss. In such situations, backup proves a real help. However, if the backup is not available, you need to opt for Data Recovery methods to extract lost data.

In case of logical failure, you can get your data back in a quick and easy way through Data Recovery Software. On the other hand, mechanical failure, media failure, firmware failure, and read/write head failure like circumstances need special assistance from Data Recovery Service professionals, to be sorted out.

Source : TRCB

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Windows 7 Interoperability Pack for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 have now released

Today, Microsoft announced the release of the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, as well as Remote Desktop Connection Client 7.0 and Windows Management Framework.

The Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 and the Platform Update for Windows Vista are collections of runtime libraries that make it easy for developers to target a wider customer base.

The Platform Update for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 contains the following updated technologies:

  • Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library
  • Windows Automation API
  • Windows Ribbon and Animation Manager Library
  • Windows Portable Devices Platform

Please see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles for more information.

Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista
Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update
Windows Management Framework Core
Windows Management Framework BITS

My personal favorite in this is the Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update

Its available for the Windows XP 32bit only and Windows Vista 32bit/64bit. Post installation, you will get a wizard as shown below in Windows XP SP3 (32bit). Most of the features are same, but the new improved ones are explained in the article too. The key one would be …at least for me 🙂

1. Web Single Sign-On (SSO) and Web forms-based authentication

         

2. Status & disconnect system tray icon

3. Windows Media Player redirection

4. Bidirectional audio
      

 

5. Multiple monitor support

6. Aero Glass support (only applicable if we have Windows Server 2008 R2)

     

Source : windowsvalley.com

Search Twitter on Bing

Bing has announced that users can now search in real time by adding Twitter to search results.

Currently the service is in beta and you may have to change the location to US- English to try it out.

Looks like a good feature and should be great for searching breaking news!

Test it out : Bing.com/twitter