Attempting a data recovery from hard drive units that have failed can be a stressful process for most people. Even tech savvy people will struggle to pull anything meaningful from a damaged drive in most cases. However, depending on the reason for the hard drive failure, there are some steps that might help you get some of your files back without having to resort to the lengthy and expensive process of shipping your drive off to a professional. While no method is guaranteed 100% effective, you can take the right steps toward recovering your files and lessen the chance of causing even further damage to the drive. Hard drive failure can be catastrophic or gradual.
The first type of failure is a drive that has been corrupted due to a virus or damaged files. In these cases, the drive itself may still operate, but your operating system can’t make heads or tails of the files. This is the best of the worst when it comes to hard drive failures. You can sometimes retrieve files through third party software. Typically, this software breaks down your files into binary code and then attempts to reassemble them. It cannot always bring back complicated program files, but it may be able to help your retrieve your photos and documents.
The worst kind of hard drive failure is a mechanical failure. The most difficult thing about data recovery from hard drive units that have been physically damaged is getting them working again. For this, only a professional with a clean room, the right tools and knowledge can fix the problem. Never attempt to open or repair damage to your hard drive. You will only make the problem worse.
Following are the main symptoms of a mechanical hard drive failure
While this kind of file recovery can be expensive, you really have no other option if you need the files on the drive. Never use home remedies for your drive such as freezing it. These ideas sound ludicrous because they are and they will only cause further damage. Unplug the power to the computer before removing the hard drive and handle the drive carefully.
The hard drive on a computer is the only moving part aside from the fans. This means that it is the piece that is the most likely to fail and are extremely sensitive to static electricity and physical jarring or jolts. Unfortunately, it is also the worst possible piece of hardware to lose since it contains all of your data. But if you keep a cool head, you may be able to salvage some of the files on damaged drive. You just have to take the right steps.
When disaster strikes:
If your data is critical, make sure you choose Stellar Phoenix Solutions that can properly recover data from physically damaged drives. Even the simplest recovery attempts on a physically damaged drive could render your data unrecoverable. The first recovery attempt is always the best recovery attempt.