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Veritas Offers Advanced Data Recovery for the Complex Technical Challenges Associated With Solid-State Memory:
- USB drives (also known as ‘flash drives’) and memory cards (also known as ‘flash cards’) associated with a whole range of small, mobile devices such as digital cameras, tablet PCs (e.g. iPad®), smartphones (e.g. iPhone®), MP3 players (e.g. iPod®), e-readers (e.g. Kindle®) and hand-held games consoles (e.g. Nintendo DSi®), all use solid-state ('flash') memory to store data
‘Solid-State Drives’ (SSD) Also Use Flash Memory Chips:
- SSD contain the same flash memory chips as a flash drive or flash card, but SSDs have the standard dimensions and interface of a hard disk drive (HDD), so they can fit internally (e.g. in a laptop) as a more robust, smaller and lighter alternative to a HDD. They also use less power HDDs (because they have no motor) and allow virtually instantaneous access to data (because there is no need to spin disk platters and move read / write heads). However, despite these advantages, most desktop & laptop computers still use HDDs because they offer considerably higher storage capacity, at a significantly lower cost
All Forms of Solid-State Memory Store Digital Data Electronically:
- Unlike hard disk drives (which store digital data magnetically), solid-state memory uses ‘flash memory chips’, which are engineered to allow a section of memory cells to be erased in a single action, or ‘flash’. Flash memory chips have no moving parts, hence the term ‘solid-state’. Because there are no moving parts, devices using solid-state memory are relatively robust & can withstand shock / impact without losing data. Also, without any moving parts, they don’t need a motor, so they tend to be small & light.
Although solid-state memory is less susceptible to data loss resulting from shock or impact damage, data loss can still occur due to physical damage (e.g. broken or snapped USB drive), failure of electronic components (e.g. as a result of a power surge), software corruption (e.g. due to smoke, heat, fire, water), memory cell degradation (due to a fixed number of ‘write cycles’), malware or simply just human error.