February 7th, 2012 by Lyle Smith
Kroll Ontrack Announces New SSD Recovery Capabilities
Kroll Ontrack, provider of data recovery solutions, information management, and legal technologies products and services, have announced that it has developed unique, proprietary capabilities to drastically improve the quality of data recovery from SSDs in less than a quarter of the time usually required. Engineers at Kroll Ontrack had to overcome a number of obstacles associated with flash media to develop these capabilities.
Data recovery from new technology can be very time-consuming because of the need to research the algorithms used to originally store the data; however, new capabilities from Kroll Ontrack automate many of the processes involved. As a result, it ensures a significantly more efficient recovery for a fast-growing market.
Wear leveling is also a primary difficulty of data recovery from solid state media. It is a technique that balances usage evenly across all disk sectors to ensure the maximum functional life of the media because SSDs generally have a finite number of read/writes before they become unstable. If a media failure occurs, however, wear leveling creates a time-consuming process to piece the data back together.
Another hurdle for data recovery on SSDs is that individual memory chips on devices usually work in a RAID-like configuration, making data even less contiguous and more difficult to piece together in the event of a failing device malfunction or data corruption. Additionally, there are no standardized configurations across manufacturers; this means that the new SSD recovery capabilities need to be able to handle many forms of Error Checking & Control (ECC) and Correct Address Translation via Logical Block.
Ontrack Data Recovery experts conducted extensive research into SSD technology to create these new capabilities that address these issues. This resulted in an in-depth understanding of this media, which enabled the development of unique processes and procedures with the ability to improve recovery rates decreasing the average time per recovery.