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The hard drive for a desktop has a capacity in the hundreds of Gigabytes and a churn rate in the single digits of gigabits per second. Environments that have a higher demand move capacity into Terabytes, each of which consists of 1024 Gigabytes.The temporary area within the disk for storing data that needs to be retrieved regularly is about 1/100 th of the capacity of the disc. For business applications, the important criterion is the assurance given by the manufacturer of the time that the unit is expected to perform without the risk of a failure. The life of the drives has been found to be in the range of 1 to 2 million hours. When the data recorded on a drive is deleted, it is not a conclusion of the existence of data. Techniques are available that take the aid of microscopy to pore into the magnetic material that the drives are made of. Trails of the deleted data can be reconstructed and lead to a compromise of security. The same techniques can be useful if the customer has a crashed or malfunctioning disc on their hands. A business providing Data Recovery London services uses technology such as probe microscopy to get at data from a disk that has suffered physical or logical damage. More complex methods are available which attempt to reconstruct data with the shreds that are available. Taking a look back at deletion, the complete destruction of data is ensured only with striking the magnetic material with electric currents that can alter the state of the material itself. The final option is to destroy the disk. In a scenario where there is no hard evidence that something which you have deleted has really been wiped out, steps have to be taken to ensure that crucial elements of security such as encryption keys and passwords are not stored on the disk. The longevity of data that is put into flash memory is assumed to be negligible but it is not entirely the case as well. In this type of storage, overwriting will not do the trick as the memory retains states. The solution is to overwrite and to let the overwritten data stay for a considerable time over the data that is being sought to be erased. This causes a total elimination of the prior state. As with hard disks, this attribute of flash memory can be used to recover data that has been deleted or lost by accident. Data that is stored in mobile devices and cameras can be retrieved by contacting professionals who specialise in recovery from both hard drive and volatile memory. Tools are available on the net to be downloaded and used for recovery. Random Access Memory is of two varieties, Static and Dynamic. SRAM is used in the caches of hard disks. The Main memories of computers use DRAM or Dynamic Random Access Memory. DRAM is available in formats such as Single In-line Memory Module or SIMM and Dual In-Line Memory Module or DIMM.

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Erasing and recovering data