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Hard drive crashed – causes and ways to recover information

Douglas Moreno 

And also about what to do in such a situation,

How to fix a hard drive and recover data from a failed drive


Like all hardware, hard drives can fail at any time. Mechanical hard drives in particular have Moving parts that can (eventually) fail and stop working. Even SSDs that don’t have moving parts can fail too. Every drive has its own limited life before it fails.

That’s why you always need to have a good backup – one day your hard drive will not turn on, and you cannot predict this moment. And if your drive starts to malfunction, then this is the first sign that you need to pay close attention to it. Most likely, in the near future, it will fail and you need to be prepared for this.

  • How to find out about a disk failure or failure
  • Perform a SMART check
  • How to confirm your hardware problem
  • How to recover data from a failed drive
  • Data recovery with a professional data recovery service
  • If you don’t want to pay for data recovery

Electronics board failure

Usually this problem occurs due to power outages, power surges, etc. In 99% of cases, this malfunction can be diagnosed by a complete lack of response to the power supply. 

The HDD should not spin the spindle, emit any signs of operability at all, and in the event of a short circuit, some of the elements on the board may become very hot.
HDD repair in this situation is possible. 

It can be elemental, i.e. individual elements on the electronics board are changed, and the board can also be replaced with a similar one. However, the second repair option involves only restoring the disk, but not data recovery. The thing is that the data recovery process differs from .

The repair process in that when extracting data, a similar electronics board is adjusted according to the adaptives to the “patient bank”, and in the case of a hard drive repair, on the contrary, the “bank” is adjusted to the board, respectively, a new one is created. service information and user data will no longer be available.

How to reduce the risk of hard drive failure

  • Monitor the quality of the computer’s power supply. This important device may be of poor quality assembly, which means that not only disks, but also other components will fall under the power surge. The same applies to laptops.
  • The hard drive should absolutely not be subjected to shaking and falling, especially for external hard drives.
  • Usually, hard drives rarely overheat. In my memory for 11 years, my disks have never overheated, but this is still possible due to external factors. Make sure that the cooling system in the system unit is working properly. Also, dust your computer more often to prevent overheating.
  • The high frequency of switching on and off the HDD is very harmful, and this happens from the rapid switching on and off of the computer. Increase the interval between switching on and off by at least half a minute.
  • To speed up the system, defragment your hard drive. Usually, in modern operating systems, this procedure is enabled by default and is carried out automatically.

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