It happens to most of us at some point, we need Data Recovery due to Hard Drive Failure. This guide looks at this subject and gives suggestions on what you should do in order to recover your Data.
What Causes a Hard Drive to Fail?
When a Hard Drive Fails, it can fail for a number of reasons. The drive might have been subjected to shock, for example you accidentally kicked your Computer or Laptop. Maybe your Hard Drive has simply got old and like most components, has joined the big Computer Tower in the Sky. A power surge could also have caused damage. These are just some examples as there are many reasons why a Hard Drive can fail.
Physical Hard Drive Failure
If your hard drive has failed physically, for example the read/write heads have crashed, the best option is to have a Data Recovery specialist look at the drive and try to restore the data stored on it. Whilst this option can be expensive, it all boils down to how much your data is worth to you. A good data recovery specialist will have a clean room. This is a specially designed room rather than a tidy one. Even the smallest spec of dust can jeopardise that chances of recovering your data.
If a particular component has failed, a Data Recovery Specialist will usually be able to cannibalise other drives in order to read the platters from your failed Hard Drive.
If you can get over loosing your data, do so and move on. Learn from the experience and make sure you perform a backup of your computer on a regular basis. That way, should you experience a Hard Drive Failure, you have the piece of mind knowing you have a good working backup.
Accidentally Deleted File or Formatted Hard Drive
If you have accidentally delete a file and need to recover it, stop using your computer. If you use data recovery software such as this, you might be able to get the file back assuming it hasn’t been overwritten. The most successful way to do this is to attach you drive to a different machine in an external drive bay. You can then run the recovery software and it might be able to recover the data. The same applies if you have also performed a format and realised that you haven’t backed up all your files.