If your computer won’t turn on or if your laptop is running slow, your hard drive may well be in the midst of a mechanical failure. Hard drive failure is one of the most common and frustrating problems for computer users, but it’s also one of the easiest problems to recover from. If you do suspect that your hard drive has failed, your first course of action should always be to turn it off and call up a hard drive recovery company. Speaking with a professional data recovery technician will at least enable you to get an idea of what you’re dealing with, and in this case, knowledge is power.
What Happens Next?
It’s impossible to say whether or not you’ll get back every shred of data from your failed drive, because each case is different. Typically though if a drive fault is spotted early on, the majority if not all of the data can be recovered from the drive and put on a new one. You will only know once you’ve handed the drive over to a recovery expert whether or not this is possible though, and you shouldn’t try diagnosing it yourself.
Usually the hard drive repair company will ask to see the drive. This is perfectly normal and they will ask to see it so that they can carry out some checks on it, to see how badly damaged it is, and what the best way of recovering the data will be. In the large majority of cases your old hard drive will not be repaired and this does not make economical sense – instead the data will be imaged on your current disk, and then pulled from the drive and put onto a new one. This isn’t ideal, but it means you’ll have a brand new drive in your machine which should last you for many more years to come.
What Causes Hard Drive Failure?
There are many reasons that hard drives fail. The most common reason is because of the shock that comes when a computer or laptop is dropped. This can damage many of the internal components in the machine, including the hard drive, which runs at extremely high speeds. If you do drop your computer or laptop and it begins to exhibit signs of hard drive failure such as clicking or buzzing sound, you probably should turn it off immediately, because you can end up causing even more damage to the internal components of your computer.
Another large contributor most cases of failed hard drives that we see is power spikes. Unless you have your computer or laptop plugged into your electricalsocket via a special surge protection plug, if there’s a power spike your computer will be susceptible to damage. Other contributing factors to hard drive failure include the age of the drive, as the older it gets and the more it is used, the more likely it is to fail. It is critical to remember that hard drive are mechanical devices and just like most mechanical devices, will breakdown with age.
At some point or another you’re going to encounter hard drive failure as a computer owner. Don’t bury your head in the sand and hope the problem goes away, because it won’t. The problem will only continue to get worse until the drive is completely useless. If you spot the early signs of a looming hard drive failure you will find that recovery techniques are very effective – and you could have all of the data on the faulty drive copied to a brand new drive in no time at all.