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IDE and EIDE hard drives crash 10 times more often than SCSI hard drives. Here we show you how you can protect yourself and your files from data loss.
Despite technological advances in the reliability of magnetic storage media, data loss continues to rise, making data recovery more important than ever.

As the storage space for IDE drives increased the prices began to greatly decrease. Hard drive manufacturers in turn began to look for ways to reduce the production costs of these mass storage mediums.

More data is being stored in smaller spaces. Today's hard drives store 500 times the data stored on the drives of a decade ago. Increasing storage capacities amplify the impact of data loss, making mechanical precision more critical.

The materials used for coating the surface of the disks and the material used in the head sets (read/write sets) are subject to this cost-cutting. Inexpensive hard drives have shown to be the most susceptible to head crashes. In order to bring the continuous fall of prices under control, some manufacturers use very inexpensive materials. These drives can develop head crashes.

Not all inexpensive hard drives are bad quality. Hard drives are frequently sold at a discount when a newer model has come out or the capacity of the drive no longer corresponds to market demands.

IDE hard drives should not be used in servers holding critical company data. Long term tests have shown that IDE hard drives have up to a 10 times higher crash rate than SCSI hard drives.

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