Data is an important part of our social and commercial lives. Every important information is stored in the form of data in storage devices, such as hard drives, cloud storage etc. While cloud storage data is easily retrievable at any time and anywhere (as long as you have an internet connection), hard drive data may not be difficult to get if it fails.
A hard drive crashes or failure can be quite troublesome as there are limited ways to get the data back from it. Many people confuse it with operating system crash. But there is a difference. If the operating system of your computer crashes, even if you are using Mac, Linux or Windows, this would be termed as a Logical Failure. But if the hard drive of your system is in contact with certain malfunctions, it would be termed as Physical Failure. You really need to do a lot of fixing in case you lose your data.
What are the various reasons of drive failure?
The hard drive of your computer might fail if there are the following issues:
- Power surge damages
- Broken connectors
- Damaged circuit boards
- Ceased motor assembly
- Read/Write head crash
How can you try retrieving your data from a crashed hard drive?
While most of the times, people use backup drives to keep a copy of the important data, not all are so careful enough to execute such a contingency plan. So, in case you don’t have a backup of data on your crashed hard drive, then you need to use a valid fixing technique to recover your data. In some situations, you may need to contact an expert, who can help retrieve the lost data from the damaged hard drive. In some cases there may be a physical damage to the drive. So, you may want to check for some broken parts if any. Broken parts may bring up sounds like clunking, clicking, whirring or grinding.
Most of the people misunderstand these sounds as that of the cooling fan. However, there is a possibility of a physical damage to the drive. Here too you may require a technician to help you. Hard drives store all your data so they have to be protected at all times when using your system. Therefore, it is always advisable to let this intricate work be handled by professionals to avoid further damage to your drive.