Data Recovery from External Hard Drives

Hard drives are very essential components of the computer system of any business throughout the world. They are used to store both personal and critical business files including account records, financial statements, ad hoc reports, business software, contract information, trade secrets and family digital photos. And like any other product in the market, external hard drives can also fail or get damaged thus affecting the normal business and other operations. But in case this happens you don’t have to worry because the experienced data recovery professionals are here for you.

The first and most important step in case of a Data Recovery Miami from external hard drives is ascertaining whether the data loss results from the physical failure of a hard drive, logical failure of damaged physical hardware. The common hard drive data loss causes include:

  • Overwritten data
  • Grinding, clicking or any other form of unusual noises
  • Electronic failure
  • A drop on the floor or any other form of physical damage
  • Damage from floods, fire or any other disasters
  • Corruption of data
  • Unreadable areas

You don’t only have to take your external hard drive to the experts for data recovery services alone as you can also ask them to perform a custom check to find out how operational your hard disk is. This will also prevent chances of data loss from logical failure.

The Symptoms of Hard Drive Failure

Our professionals also educate you on some of the symptoms that may indicate that your computer’s hard drive will or is failing. They include:

  • A hot drive that is excessively hot

The traditional hard drive contains some disks known as platters that are coated with a magnetic substance. They spin at very high speeds under a certain mechanical arm known as the actuator. The actuator usually moves forwards and backwards on the surface of every platter. There is a copper wire at the end of this metallic arm through which the computer changes the magnetic surface state of the platter even as it passes below it. This enables the files in the computer to get encoded. And just like any other mechanical device out there, friction is created as movement takes place because of heat; hence damage may mean an overly heated drive.

  • A hard drive that is not spinning (not taking power)

When a hard drive is correctly powered but it isn’t spinning at all then that is an indication that there is a problem with the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) of the hard drive. The PCB is the holder of electronics that control the operation of the hard drive and any communications with the computer itself. When the PCB has a fault, the hard drive does not take in power. Therefore, you need to get a professional to conduct a careful replacement of the PCB.

  • A grinding noise or loud ticking

Grinding noise or loud ticking is an indication of a very serious mechanical problem. This is an indicator of mechanical failure and any continuous use puts the hard drive’s platters to high risk of permanent failure.

  • An abnormal ticking noise when the physical hard drive is reading information or data

There are a few cases here and there when a hard drive that is potentially failing has a very abnormal ticking noise when the disk is reading data. This is often a sign that the hard disk has some bad sectors. The noise is often generated because of the actuator arm returning to the very spot on the disk in numerous reading attempts.

  • When the drive indicates “Not Initialized” in the Windows Disk Management

The Windows Disk Management always indicates the physical hard drives that the computer recognizes and the manner in which any allocated space on the drives is actually allocated. When it indicates “Not Initialized”, this is an indication that there is a serious communication error. And any attempts to initialize such a drive will give you a low level Input/ Output error.

Data Recovery

Experts with several years of combined experience will help you recover data lost in an external hard drive by careful investigation of the situation at hand and application of the best data recovery method. Using high-level software in the laboratory, the experts are able to recover:

  • An operating system that cannot start
  • Data lost by accidental formatting
  • Missing data (unaccounted for)
  • Deleted files (emptied from recycle bin)

Whenever the professionals are recovering any data from your hard drive, the priority is high level security and confidentiality. Experts will always conform and comply with the international corporate industry standards and give your hard drive a high level of precision.

We don’t advocate for the use of free software on the internet because most companies providing free software may infect your PC with viruses and use your PC to maliciously earn money through PPC.

Expert hard drive data recovery professionals will assess the situation and decide on the most effective recovery technique given the nature of the situation at hand. The expert will decide whether to use a sector by sector disk image form of data recovery or a total scan of the entire hard drive.

In case the hard drive is facing a hardware problem, the data recovery professionals may use fairly expensive techniques such as disassembling of the hard drive, identifying and replacing the faulty parts before reassembling the parts. The hard drives are normally sealed in order to avoid errors that are caused by dust particles. Where necessary, some special machines may be involved in the process of data recovery.

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About the Author: Ally Wood is a skilled software engineer and reviewer with a Master’s degree in Computer and Software Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She has previously worked with CNET among many other companies. Currently, she is working in her own software review company and majorly provides feedback to software creators. She normally conducts deep data tests in line with data recovery software. She regularly updates her software bank and she can provide reliable advice on a company’s data recovery needs. She conducts massive research and therefore publishes articles in several directories to sensitize business owners on data recovery issues.