Data recovery is a process to retrieve data that is inaccessible, lost, corrupt, or damaged in the stored devices and cannot be accessed in usual ways. The data is usually recovered from internal and external hard drives, USB flash drives, XQD cards, SSD cards, and other secondary storage devices. XQD data recovery, hard drive recovery, SSD data recovery, or data recovery from any storage device can be done by hiring professional services.
Types of hard drive damage:
1) Physical damage:
Physical damages are caused due to the failure of the drives’ hardware. When the PCB board, head assembly, or platters of the disk drive are damaged, it leads to physical crass or data loss.
2) Logical failure:
When the hard drive does not work because of internal or software failure, it is called logical failure. Hard drive data cannot be recovered if there is a logical failure. You may also not be able to access the data on your device. Bad sectors, damaged file systems, or faulty boot-loader codes can be the possible reasons behind the logical failure of your hard drives, USB flashcards, or XQD data card.
Possible reasons for hard drive damage:
Hard drive can be damaged because of many reasons, but some of the common reasons are:
Exposure to dust and sunlight:
- When exposed to dust, any device will be damaged as the computer devices and their parts are not prone to dust particles. When the dirt particles stick to the devices, it causes abruption in the working of the parts leading to unwanted results.
- Hard drives, XQD cards, USB flash drives should not be exposed to sunlight as these devices are sensitive and cannot stand the harmful rays of the sun leading to its damage.
Electrical or mechanical failure:
- The hard drive can be damaged due to electrical faults. Electrical faults are caused due to power surges, sudden blackouts or brownouts, incorrect voltage, falling power supply, etc.
- Mechanical failures include strange noises like whirring, clicking, popping, or no sound at all that indicates drive failure of physical damages.
- You might have noticed that the saved data in your files and folders are disappearing from the hard drive. This means that you are losing your data partially, which indicates physical damage. There can be a possibility that your files are attacked by a virus and are corrupt. You will come to know about the physical damage if your device is performing slow. You will take longer than usual to access the folders or files means there is some physical damage.
- Hard drives produce a minimal sound while running, which means it is working properly, but if you do not hear any sound, then the hard drive is dead.
Corrupt hard drive:
- Data corruption can damage your data in ways that it cannot be retrieved, leading to permanent loss of the data.
- When we use applications on our devices that are not appropriate for our devices, it may corrupt our data. Other reasons why the data of the hard drive get corrupted are the accidental closure of the running programs, inappropriately shutting down the device, power surges, etc.