Because they spend most of their lives inside a computer case, internal hard drives
are fairly well protected against physical damage, but that doesn’t mean that the overall risk of data loss is greatly reduced. In fact, the essential nature of internal hard drives increases the likelihood of logical data loss and other causes of data loss in computer systems that are caused by non-mechanical issues.
Commonly used as backup devices, external hard drives
are frequently carried from place to place, leading to a heightened risk of data loss caused by physical damage. That’s why it’s important to use a protective case when traveling with an external hard drive, especially if the drive has spinning platters.
Most Android devices can store data on internal storage or removable memory card. Your data recovery options vary depending on which of these two locations you need to recover lost data from. Generally, it’s easier to recover data from an Android memory card
since you can simply connect it to any computer with a memory card reader and use popular data recovery software.
No iPhone (or any iOS device for that matter) is equipped with a slot for a memory card, which means that all data are stored on internal storage. Because of Apple’s walled garden approach, not all computer data recovery software can scan iOS devices and recover lost data from them, and there aren’t any data recovery apps in the App Store that would make it possible to recover deleted files without a computer.
All types of SD cards
(micro, mini, standard) store data on a tiny flash memory chip, which is enclosed in a plastic body. It doesn’t take much for the plastic body to break and the chip inside to suffer critical damage. Users may also experience logical data loss after improperly ejecting an SD card and preventing all read/write operations from being finished properly.
Thanks to their compact size, USB flash drives
are perfect for quickly transferring files between different devices, but they can also be used as affordable backup devices. Their portable nature makes them susceptible to physical damage
, while their convenience and availability cause users to take them for granted and stop paying attention to data protection best practices.