How do I know, if my drive is affected by physical failures?SolutionA physical failure is any time a drive can not be accessed because of electronicmalfunction or internal hardware failure.These failures can result in the drive not being recognized by the computerâ
s BIOS or operating system, as well as repetitious clicking or grinding noises. If you hear any unusual sounds coming form your drive, power off your PC and donâ
t attempt to use it again until you can have your hard drive sent to a recovery center.The noises you are hearing could indicate a head crash. A head crash happens with the arms that read the data on the surface of your hard driveâ
s platters smash into the rotating platter instead of gliding across it on a cushion of air like they are supposed to. This results in physical damage to that pltters and can causea complete and permanent data loss.The only way to recover from a physical failure is to either replace the damagedhard drive component or move the data platters to a donor drive where they canbe recovered to a stable destination drive. This process requires special handling and the use of a cleanroom.
Hard drive does not get detected If the computer does not detect the hard drive,or the computer just does not want to turn on when the hard drive is connected to it, you might have a bad hard drive board. This is the big circuit board located at the bottom of your drive. PCB boards tend to get damaged over time due tothe heat generated by the hard drive itself.
Hard drive gets detected but data is inaccessible Hard drive gets detected by Windows and can be accessed but you do not see any data inside, or you get a message saying that the drive needs to be formatted. You probably have a corrupted file system in you hands. Data may sometimes in this case shows as 0 bytes. Formatting may not be an option in the circumstances and data recovery softwares readily availble in the market will no longer be able to read/write the disk surface.Printed circuit board/ data controller chips failure is likey in theses cases. Commmonly available drives can be repaired in these cases.
Hard disk drive displays no sign of power and/or no sound of the drive â
Inot all too uncommon for a logic board component to begin to smolder and burn.There are several reasons for this, such as sudden increase of power or a failure of a power regulator to function properly. In most cases, it is possible to see the location on the logic board which has received the damage.
Hard disk drive powers up & then spins constantly with a loud winding sound Harddrive unit powers up and appears to spin out of control. The drive may or may not mount. If it does mount, it will most likely be sporadic in successful operation. This symptom is often indicative of a severe power regulation failure. The symptom could also be caused by a component malfunction within the drive.
Hard drive powers up and then winds down, non-responsive The hard disk drive willpower up, you can hear the unit wind up and then it suddenly powers down. The unit may or may not power up again. It would not be uncommon for a hard drive inthis condition to function for a period of time and then fail again. It is likely that a drive in this condition has suffered from an inconsistent power feed. Low or inconsistent power supply can often cause more damage than an over power supply or surge.
Hard drive unit emits an OCCASIONAL clicking sound This is very common and oftenan overlooked sign of imminent drive failure. One of the locking points for theCam/Actuator arm has malfunctioned and the arm swings overly wide, causing it tosmack against the inner drive unit housing or stop block, which is usually madeout of plastic. The drive most likely works and the volume is mounted and funct