What to do with a crashed hard drive
There are a lot of things that can happen to your hard drive because according to many, it is the part of the computer that is most prone to fail. So what should be done if your hard drive has suddenly crashed? It will depend on its symptoms,
If your hard drive spins but erratically, you might have data corruption due to a failing drive. These steps that follow will help you recover your data and move it to a good drive before the bad drive dies.
1. If you are using an IDE drive, make sure that the data cable is properly connected. If it is old and worn, replace it because it might cause a short in the cable.
2. Try using a Knoppix CD or another boot disk to check if the drive can still be read. If it can still be read, immediately transfer all data to another drive and try to reformat the original disk to see if it is possible to salvage.
3. Bad sectors might be present you can download a HDD regenerator to find it and recover it. Some websites feature manufacturer specific utilities for any hard drive vendor. Try to download an appropriate diagnostic application from the manufacturers of the hard drive. You can use the website by TackTech's.
4. If the drive cannot boot, try to use data recovery software to salvage the lost files.
If the hard drive does not want to spin at all, you can try these few suggestions. Be sure to avoid tapping, beating on the drive, removing the cover and exposing the heads. It may lead to losing data and making its damage irreversible.
Recovery from crashed hard drive
A very good piece of information provided by lady_doc77. I would like to add few things. There are basically two type of hard drive crash. one is Logical crash and other is physical crash.
Logical crash occur due to software malfunction, viruses , file/directory deletion or even sabotage. Recovery from Logical crash can be done by using data recovery software such as Stellar Phoenix Windows Data recovery software which recovers the data even from inaccessible hard drive.
Physical crash occur due to head crash or spindle has stopped spinning. recovery from such cases can only be possible through data recovery services with CLASS 100 Clean Room Lab with a controlled recommended environment for all Read/write Head assembly transplants.
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