If you end up in a situation that many of us do and encounter a hard drive crash – especially due to physical damage, it can be really frustrating. The foremost concern in such circumstances is to recover the data on the damaged hard drive. Instead of panicking, you need to take a few simple steps to find out the root cause behind the hard drive failure. Only with proper diagnosis can you expect an effective hard drive repair and recover the data on it.
Know what to do when your hard drive fails.
First of all, you should immediately power off the computer and remove the hard disk from it because using a damaged hard drive any further can worsen your case and even make hard drive repair impossible in severe cases. Hard drives, unfortunately, only last so long…
Examine the drive carefully and look for any damaged spots or broken pieces. It makes a huge difference to connectivity if you have a few bent pins. If you have ruled out these possibilities after examination, the next step is to check the data connection cable and power cable for any damage. If the problem lies here, simply replacing the cables is all you need to get going.
Another step you can take for diagnosis is to try attaching your hard drive to an external source of power and if the drive doesn’t work even after this step, you can assume that the circuit board has been damaged and will need to be fixed.
The last diagnostic step you can safely take on your own to make any hard drive repair easy is to try your drive in another computer. If it works, the problem lies with your computer’s motherboard.
Warnings Provided While Trying To Perform The Hard Disk Recovery
Most of the time, you are pretty unlikely to have a valid warranty for performing HDD recovery. The following are some instructions and even warnings about performing the HDD recovery process yourself. This is because data present on the hard drive is much more valuable than the drive itself.
The following instructions can only be considered when you are well versed with computer hardware repair. If you don’t have experience, don’t bother!
You have to understand that the drive repair you perform is tantamount to voiding the warranty. These instructions, of course, are not for data that is logically erased. This article is just for drives that are physically inoperable, but still do have their data intact. You will have to try to find the required spare parts for repairing your older drive, which is really difficult, as often these parts have been discontinued.
Once you have done the checks above and are sure that you have a controller board issue, you’re probably going to have to consider a swap. After checking the controller board and performing the swap, you may face a decent probability that two hard drives may fail, whether you have recovered the data or not. In this case, the two drives should not be reused. Usually, it is better to contact a recovery company that understands regular HDD recovery and even RAID issues (like this one) when your personal efforts fail. Basically, you’re going to need clean room data recovery. Continue reading