What is a Hard Drive?:
Commonly known as a hard disk drive (HDD), a hard disk, a hard drive, or a fixed disk. A HDD is an electro-mechanical data storage device that stores and retrieves digital information by use of magnetic storage and one or more rigid rapidly rotating disks called platters, coated with magnetic material. The platters are paired with magnetic heads, usually arranged on a moving actuator arm, which read and write data to the platter surfaces. Data is accessed in a random-access manner, meaning that individual blocks of data can be stored or retrieved in any order and not only sequentially. HDDs are a type of non-volatile storage, retaining stored data even when powered off.
The Many Reasons Why Hard Drives Fail:
There are an abundance of reasons why your hard drive may stop working in the way it normally would. Sometimes it may simply be because of general wear and tear or it may be because of an outside force such as dropping the computer whilst in transit, spilling liquid onto it, or because of incorrect or outdated firmware. The list is not endless but not without far reaching limits. Indeed sometimes a device simply fails for no reason or explanation and that is where we come in. Here at Brighton Data Recovery we will diagnose the problem and recover your data so you can continue with the work you were doing before the crash. We might not always have an explanation as to why the device has failed but we will be able to help retrieve your data professionally and cost effectively. It is essential that if you want a full file recovery, that you contact a professional to help you recover your HDD Device.
Physical Hard Drive Failures:
Physical failures occur when components within the storage device can no longer function. This may be the result of heavy duty usage, or perhaps a fault in a batch of components used to manufacture the storage device. Or it may be the result of an accident and accidents do happen around a computer. Drinks are spilled, unforeseen knocks and bumps happen, and even leaving your computer switched on for long periods of time without use may contribute to a hard drive’s untimely demise.
Accidental Formatting or Deletion Leading to Data Loss:
Even the most accomplished IT person can make a mistake and sometimes when mistakes happen either by the press of a button or click of a mouse information can be lost. All is not lost though because the data is still there. The space has simply been freed up to be used again. Switch off your computer and contact us here at Brighton Data Recovery if you have accidentally deleted or formatted your drive and we can help your retrieve your data.
Power Surges And The Damage They Can Cause
Many people consider that power surges have nothing to do with the failure of their computer or hard drive therein. Unfortunately this could not be further from the truth and when power surges occur (which they normally do without warning) you can be left with a computer that has either had the motherboard damaged or the hard drive rendered useless. Too much electricity surging through your computer can leave the hard drive inaccessible as it can damage the printed circuit board (PCB) attached to the drive itself.
Firmware Failures Causing Your Hard Drive To Fail:
When talking about firmware many people aren’t aware of (a) what it is and (b) what it does. Simply the purpose of Firmware is to control how pieces of equipment attached to your computer such as a hard drive function. For example Firmware will tell your hard drive at what point it should spin up, what point it should go into power save mode (if it has one) and at what speed to spin. Without Firmware or with corrupted Firmware you may find that your hard drive appears to be next to useless although it shows up as still being resident as part of your computer. At Brighton Data Recovery we are often asked to recover data from hard drives where the Firmware has failed to pass muster.
Persistent Crashes And The Damage They Can Cause:
One of the most common warning signs that there is something wrong with a storage device is the so-called ‘Blue Screen of Death’ (BSOD). This irritating and infamous blue screen is designed to let you, the user, know that something is amiss and also let engineers have some idea as to the nature of the problem. The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) will usually be accompanied by an inability to read or write to your hard drive and can signify that the drive itself is almost at the end of its life expectancy.p>