Hard Drive Failure: Warnings and Solutions
Hard drive forms the basis of our computing. All hard drives crash, sooner or later. If you don't have a backup plan for your data on hard drive, you must experience lots and lots of sweats and tears to recover lost data if hard drive failure happens.
Part I: Warning Signs of Imminent Hard Drive Failure
In some cases, you can see some signs before hard drive failure actually happens. When you start seeing a noticeable increase in the following patterns, you must back up your data to take top priority. Otherwise you really are playing Russian roulette with your hard drive.
- Computer freezes quite often. You have to restart your computer to solve this issue. Otherwise, you can't move the mouse cursor and input keyboard at all.
- Your files are disappeared mysteriously.
- Your computer frequently locks up during booting.
- It is super slow for you to access file, save file, and open file.
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Part II: Cause of Hard Drive Failure
- Mechanical failure: It makes up the bulk of hard disk failure. The motor burns out, the drive overheats, and bearings get stuck. As long as the failure didn't affect the platters, you may have a chance of recovery, but at a cost.
- Head failure: This is a common but nasty failure. It happens when the read/write head crashes into the platters or the wiring between the logic board and the heard is faulty.
- Media failure: If the hard drive has been handled roughly, or the magnetic platters are scratched, has read/write errors or low-level formatting problems, this is a media failure. These are also relatively uncommon. Once the platters are scratched, the data should be considered scrapped.
- Logical failure: It occurs when the electronics of the hard drive failure or the software (firmware) has a problem. It is easy to fix such a hard drive failure, but occurs uncommon.
Part III: What to Do if Hard Drive Failure Occurs?
Don't try to be a hero. If there's time, get your data backed up. The only way to recover from such a failure is to typically restore data from a backup onto a new drive. Fix Genius offers a handful of emergency solution before pending hard drive failure happens: backup Windows system, programs installed, files (including your precious photos, videos, music, documents, Emails), and even the entire disk in the event of hard drive failure. If the drive is not really crashed, you can utilize on of utilities in Fix Genius to recover lost data from accidental deletion or corrupted file structure, as well.
Once the drive actually dies, though, your only option to fix hard drive failure is to use a data recovery service. Since there is no software utility out there that can recover data from a crashed hard drive.
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