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Apple Data Storage And Recovery

By Expert Author: Khan Mash

Apple computers and tablets include iMac, MacBook, Mac mini, iPhone, iPad and other popular products. In this article I will talk about data recovery from all these products when they fail.

Apple computers and tablets are getting popular now. According to my personal opinion, more than 20 percent of the market now consists of Apple desktop computers called Mac, MacBooks, iPhones and iPads. These machines use traditional and new types of hard drive storages including internal and external. In internal they use traditional hard drives (drives with moving parts inside) and flash media. Data storage is one of the most important factors in personal and business use. In fact Mac computers are being used equally in business and for personal use. Businesses use them as servers and stand alone work stations in addition to vast use of Apple tablets by business executives. Talking of personal use, there is a huge end user market for Apple products (the most popular are MacBooks, iPhones, iPads etc.). They are in use in educational institutions, non-profit organizations, Airports, Defense departments, Hotels and other private and government areas.

Apple computers and laptops uses two kinds of storage media, a regular SATA or IDE drive and solid state drives. This is a fact that Apple MacBooks are well built and physically strong machines. So most of the time users think that nothing will happen in case of minor physical damage (which is true for the over all body of these MacBooks) but in case if these machines have traditional hard drives that use heads and platter then chances are the drive may receive a fair amount of damage making is hard for the machine to read it. The situation gets worse and worse when the same sick drive spins with every single use. On the other hand if the iMac or MacBook has an SSD known as solid state drive then physical damage wont do anything but as SSD drives are based on the same logic as the traditional drives are built, the data corruption is always possible. Other common problems still exists for example accidental format of the media, accidental overwrite issues, normal file damage etc.

So what happens if the drive fails? The best strategy is to backup data to an external hard drive. This way, two copies of the data will be available locally. Online backup has emerged as a replacement of local backup but it has a lot of drawbacks. If the Internet drops for sometime or if the online backup is not accessible then it becomes a huge problem. Also online backup is risky in the sense that when a user signs up for online agreement, the agreement clearly says that “in case of accidental data loss the online service will not be responsible”. This makes online backup a dangerous activity. Also a majority of computer users do not want to share their private data with online world. So what happens if there was no backup and the data was crucial? Data recovery becomes the next option. Apple computers are very good and reliable products but hard drives are from third parties which can fails anyways. In case of data loss, data recovery can be performed. There are two ways to do it. One is a logical data recovery that is done when a media is damaged as a result of file corruption. It is advised to use the software recovery very carefully as some software write to the media which will make the recovery impossible. The next stage is the hardware recovery which can be performed in clean rooms by professionals. In hardware recoveries, two techniques are used, by repairing drives using working parts and by using professional data recovery tools or machines.

In this article, I discussed about storage media used in Apple computers, Laptops, tablets and iPhones and different ways of dealing with the data if it is lost.
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