How to Recover From a Hard Drive Failure

Unfortunately, most home users and many business users do not back up their systems. In addition, many small businesses have older backup procedures that are often ineffective for recovering files.

Of course you can run to your local electronics store and buy a replacement drive for your computer, but what about your data on the failed hard drive? How important was it? Have you saved it or made a backup?

Of course you can run to your local electronics store and buy a replacement drive for your computer, but what about your data on the failed hard drive?

How important was it? Have you saved it or made a backup?

What to do:
If you want to recover data on the hard drive, you do not have to attempt to restart or do anything that involves the drive. This can cause more damage to your data.

The only irreversible loss of data is caused by overwriting bits, physical damage to the drives or destruction of the magnetization of the platters, which rarely happens in the real world. In most cases, the malfunction is caused by a damaged circuit board, failure of a mechanical component and a crash of the internal track or firmware of the software system.

In the case of an actual hard disk failure, only a data recovery professional can recover your data. And the fact that you cannot access your data through your operating system does not necessarily mean that your data will be lost.

As a “rule of thumb”, if you hear a click sound coming from your hard drive, or if the S.M.A.R.T. from the computer. function indicates an error during the boot process, something is wrong. You must immediately stop using the hard drive to prevent further damage and possibly to make the information on the hard drive irreparable.

After receiving your failed hard drive, the first step of a data recovery specialist will be to try and save an image of the damaged drive to another drive. This image drive, not the actually damaged drive, is where the data recovery specialist tries to recover the lost data.

The next step in the imaging process is to determine whether the hard disk failure was a real failure, a system damage, or a problem with the system track.

System damage and system trace problems are usually resolved with the help of a specialist’s data recovery software. Repairing system damage or system track does not require processing in a clean room environment.

Conclusion:
Unfortunately, damage to the printed circuit board of a drive or the failure of the head drives is not unusual. For each of these failures, a data recovery specialist should only work on the system in a clean room environment. There, the specialist can replace parts such as drive electronics, internal components, read / write arms, write / read heads, spindle motors or spindle bearings of a donor drive to gain access to the data on the failed hard drive. In most cases, the data recovery specialist can retrieve and return the lost data.