Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Your HDD Recovery Checklist

It's an industry secret no one wants to say out loud: your hard drive WILL inevitably fail, and you want to retrieve that data, you will require HDD recovery (a key industry abbreviation for "hard disk drive" recovery). No matter how often you use your computer, no matter what conditions you put it through (whether you're editing full motion digital video or just performing word processing), hard drives are still mechanical devices that have moving parts, and those parts will fail. So whether you're talking about a desktop PC, laptop or even high end RAID server solution, it is important to be prepared.

Speed And Heat Kill

What many hard disk drive manufacturers never point out is that on balance, the faster PCs and servers get, the smaller those same devices get. Meanwhile, each year hard disk drive manufacturers find ways of stuffing even more data onto the same sized data platters, which of course makes the data even more sensitive to changes in the hard drives operation condition than before. Add to the mix faster access times and higher speeds, and you get just the kind of conditions that are perfect for complete hard drive failure. Technology changes, despite their overall impressiveness, have not enabled us to create a hard drive that will not at some point require HDD recovery. The question then becomes, what should I do in the event of a full on hard drive crash?

A Five Point HDD Recovery Checklist

If you suspect that you require HDD recovery, it is important from the get go to figure out the source of your drive's failure. Is this a physical condition, or are you just having problems with your file system that can be corrected with simple data recovery software? The easiest way to make this determination is to simply consult the following checklist before you do anything else:

Have you accidentally lost or deleted some files? On the other hand, if your computer will not boot, what is the message your BIOS is attempting to relay to you? Both of these questions will be critical to an HDD recovery expert.
Do you hear any noises emanating from your PC, laptop or server? Outside of typical cooling system sounds, the particular noises you might be looking for are clicking or buzzing sounds, either intermittent or continual.
If you cannot complete the booting (startup)process, what message is the computer providing you with? This information will be key to how a hard drive recovery technician will approach your system restoration.
It is important to know exactly what transpired as far as your system use before your hard drive failed or files were deleted. What exactly were you doing? Create a short note containing all of the events that led up to your data recovery situation.
Are there any other errors that were reported on your screen? If unable to boot, note the error messages. If you have booted, are you encountering what is famously known as "the blue screen of death?" If so, a professional will need to know.
Of all the most important things you should understand when you experience data loss, "do not panic" is clearly at the top. Panicking can mean the difference between a safe, smooth HDD recovery process and forever lost data. Stay calm, and your data will live to fight another day.

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