Monday, November 30, 2009
Hard Drive Storage in a Safe Environment
It has long been known that heat is an enemy of electronics - from TV's, stereo receivers to computers each of these devices needs to breath and keep cool. This ensures reliability.
Like other computer electronics, hard drives also create heat during normal operation. Because of this fact, it is important that the hard drive gets air flow to cool or disperse the heat. Traditional fire safes do not have air flow. This fact alone means that large hard drives or external drives with huge storage capacity will not function properly in a sealed (heat building) environment.
If you plan to store hard drives in a fireproof safe, please make sure that they are non-operational or source a fireproof hard drive with proper cooling / venting.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Time to Buy a New Hard Drive or Dump Your Data
There comes a time in every computer users lifetime that the primary internal hard drive on your laptop, PC or Mac is filled to the brim. Typically this happens very quickly with the high resolution photos (read lots of megapixels) and video clips from birthday parties, nights out with friends and the family. One of the first signs of a full hard drive is slower performance. Read and write speeds or access to documents and programs begin to slow. There are several solutions to remedy the problem and this doesn't mean trash your computer and buy a brand new one (unless of course you are craving something fresh!)
If you have a computer tower, it's always best to add more RAM. In general there are one or more available slots for additional DDR RAM. Simply stop by the local computer store or big box store, grab a couple sticks and install them per the directions. You'll quickly realize that this is the best way to keep your old machine in tip top condition.
Another method to keep the best performance out of your hard drive is backup data to an external hard drive. This can be done with a USB, Network attached drive or even a media server / file server. Create a new folder on the backup device and move your data over. Once a copy is made you now have the information in two places (always a great thing in case your full hard drive crashes). Now that your data is backed up properly you have the option of installing an additional hard drive (in your PC or Mac tower) or replacing the old one.
Other tips for improving performance include emptying the recycle bin on a regular basis, cleaning up the Windows registry, running a disk cleanup, defrag the computer (defragmentation) and empty your cache. For complete details on how to improve PC performance, click here.
Keep up with these simple tips and you'll be rocking a fast computer in no time.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Many of or clients have old Mosler safes that are in need of reconditioning or refurbishing. These GSA safes have not been manufactured by the Ohio company since approx. 2001. Mosler Safe Company was one of the largest manufacturers of security equipment, safes and bank vaults.
Both Class 6 and Class 5 containers were manufactured throughout the years. Today many security companies offer refurbished and re certified GSA safes that were built by Mosler. It is possible to find parts for replacement through some locksmiths in the United States.
These used file and safes can be brought up to Federal Spec. # FF-L-2740 with the addition of an X-09 lock made by Kaba Mas. Our selection of used GSA files and safes come standard with the X-09 lock and include dock to dock shipping in the price.
For more information call Toll Free 1-866-867-0306
Fireproof Requirments for File Storage
Fire filing cabinets are available in a variety of sizes and configurations to meet a variety of storage requirements for businesses of all type.
Standard & Optional Features Include
UL Fire Rating and Listing - this means the file cabinet (vertical or lateral) has passed the UL testing requirement for 350 degrees for a minimum of 1 hour and up to 2 hours.
Lockable Storage - key locks, digital keypads or combination locks are available on any brand name fireproof storage cabinet including FireKing, Schwab Corp and SentrySafe
Water Resistant - in addition to having a UL fire rating to protect paper documents, folders or other business records, select vertical filing cabinets include rubber seals to protect from water sprinklers and fire hoses. Waterproof file cabinets is not the appropriate terminology and "water resistant" vs. "waterproof" is a constant educational point for filing cabinets.
Safe in a File - FireKing is only manufacturer of a fireproof safe hidden inside a filing cabinet. The top drawer can be unlocked to reveal a hidden safe for storage of valuables or documents.
Computer Media vs. Paper
Traditional fireproof filing cabinets will not protect computer media from a fire. These cabinets are meant for paper documents only. The UL 350 fire rated will protect paper, the UL 125 rating will protect computer media, hard drives and backup tapes. There are special inserts available to put inside your file cabinet to add UL 125 protection for data backup storage.
Lateral vs. Vertical Filing
There are several reasons to choose a vertical over a lateral cabinet and vice versa. Space considerations, weight, location and budget all play a factor in determining which fire file is the best buy.
Most manufacturer brands offer 2 drawer, 3 drawer and 4 drawer models to accommodate nearly every storage requirement. Additionally there are different depths and widths.
Important Considerations for Lateral File Cabinets
Width - from 30" wide up to 44" wide means that you can maximize storage capacity for file folders, binders or side tab medical records.
Depth - vertical filing cabinets start as small as 20" deep and go up to a full 31" deep. When considering the overall value, a 31" deep cabinet offers far more filing space for the dollar.
Stackable File Cabinets - to keep safety in perspective we do not recommend that fire file cabinets are stacked on top of one another.
At the end of the day, it's best to consult with an expert who can better understand your current storage needs and help find a product that will allow you to continue to store additional files and business records into the future.
Call Toll Free 1-866-867-0306 at any time to speak directly to an experienced professional at KL Security Enterprises, Inc.
GSA is the acronym for General Services Administration. The GSA is the federal agency in the United States of America that support and are a resource for all federal agencies (DOJ, USDA, FWS, ARMY, NAVY, etc) for the procurement of goods, services, products, safes and general office supplies.
The GSA works to create and implement government-wide pricing programs to ensure the the best prices and reliable contractors are sourced. The official mission of the General Services Administration is "help federal agencies better serve the public by offering, at best value, superior workplaces, expert solutions, acquisition services and management policies."
GSA Advantage & GSA Schedules
The central website for procurement of GSA Approved products and services is designated at www.gsaadvantage.gov On this website any federal agency can search and sort for products needed for daily operation within their organization. The website includes all of the schedules for each contractor allowed to sell directly to the US Government. Each contractor that is listed on GSA has been pre-screened to evaluate the ability to provide their designated products or services in a timely and responsible manner, at the best price possible.
Procurement specialists, managers and supply chain officers can view the GSA Contracts and Schedules and make purchases with confidence, with full understanding that all legal obligations have been negotiated and put into effect.
KL Security Enterprises, Inc maintains a GSA Contract under FSC Group 71 III E
FSC Class 7110
Contract Number GS-03F-0031R
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Find the best price and deals on the new ioSafe Solo hard drive with 2TB of storage capacity.
Engineered fireproof and waterproof data storage solutions for home and small businesses from ioSafe are teh choice of professional photographers, small business owners, large enterprise and the savvy home computer or Mac user. The availability of a 2 TB version of the award-winning ioSafe Solo family of USB desktop external hard drives is a great step toward meeting consumer needs and working toward driving costs down in the market.
"The 2 TB ioSafe Solo is a great product for anyone looking to buy a desktop external hard drive who needs the high capacity and single drive simplicity. When used as a backup device, the ioSafe can protect against data loss from primary hard drive failure, accidental deletions as well as fires, floods and other forms of physical disasters," said ioSafe CEO, Robb Moore. "Businesses struggling with disaster recovery or regulatory compliance such as HIPAA, PCI or Sarbanes Oxley can also use ioSafe hardware to add simple and secure protection. The ioSafe Solo is one of the easiest, fastest and least expensive ways to protect your data."
Pricing and availability
The 2 TB ioSafe Solo is available now from domestic and international resellers as well as HDDFireSafe.com, Newegg.com, Amazon.com, Buy.com and Provantage.com. Distribution for the ioSafe Solo is available through Ingram Micro, a stocking distribution partner of ioSafe. Suggested retail pricing is $399 USD.
Like an aircraft black box for data, ioSafe designs and manufactures innovative disaster-proof hardware as a cost-effective way for corporations and consumers to protect their irreplaceable data. Physical security, natural disaster protection and regulatory compliance features are an integral part of all ioSafe's USB and NAS data storage devices. ioSafe is privately held with headquarters in Auburn, C
As a THANK YOU to our valued clients we are offering FREE INSIDE DELIVERY on select Sentry Safe fire file cabinets. This offer is valid until December 31, 2009!
We greatly appreciate all of our previous business and look forward to helping our clients with secure, fire safe storage of your vital business documents and data as they continue to grow.
As always we strive to offer our clients and friends the best products, support and service before and after your purchase - that's what K.L. Security delivers.
Call Toll Free 1-866-867-0306