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Hard drive recovery – tips

The process of recovering or retrieving the data from the damaged or failed or corrupted from a secondary storage device like a hard drive, RAID Drives, CF (compact flash) and SD Cards, USB Drives SSD, CDs, etc is termed as data recovery. The failure of the storage device may be due to either a physical damage or a logical damage that makes the data inaccessible.

Failure of the hard disk is either due to a compromised file system or partition of the disk or complete failure of the hard drive itself. In either of the cases the data gets inaccessible or cannot be read. The recovery procedure for failed hard drive again depends on the kind of hard drive failure. The solutions involve repair of the file system, master boot record, partition table; firmware repair, etc.

Symptoms of a failed hard drive

Detecting any failed hard drive is essential to avoid further loss of files or data that can be easily done by constantly looking out for symptoms. These include unusual noises from the hard disk that may indicate any internal damage. Grinding sound that is persistent indicates problem associated with bearings and spindle motor of the hard drive. A clicking sound indicates problem or issue with regard to problem involving the read-write arm.

Apart from unusual noises; files getting corrupted occasionally or constant freezing also indicate internal damage or hard drive issues. Time factor involved in copying or moving or saving a file is also a warning sign that should never be ignored. Physical damage due to dust as the drive has a very sensitive surface also might lead to failed hard drive.

Tips and guidelines for recovering data from your failed hard drive

Here are some solution and tips for practically recovering data from your failed hard drive. Certain methods or tips might be successful in retrieving the important data that you wish to rescue but not always. And at such instance when you are unable to retrieve then seeking the expert recovery company is essential.

The damaged or failed hard drive can be connected to another system by mounting it with the aid of a USB drive adapter or dock. This is an easier and convenient alternative to connecting the drive internally. Once the connection is successful the files contained in the damaged drive would show up on the other computer.  This again depends on the extent of the damage. This method can be applicable for certain damages. You can use a fire wire cable in case of Mac to look for the files on the damaged drive on your Mac.

The hard drive data recovery software is available as free and paid versions as well. Depending on the kind or extent of damage you can select and install the recovery software that best suits your hard drive and system. It is better to pt for the premium paid software as it comes with additional tools and utilities which will help you retrieve the lost data. You may also seek professional help from data recovery companies.