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How does Hard disk drive get Damaged

How does Hard disk drive get Damaged

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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
winding upâ
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
ioning perfectly. This condition promotes a false sense of security and will often cause a user to ignore the obvious warning signs. Drive in this case can be repaired however, a replacement is strongly recommended.
Hard drive unit emits a CONSTANT clicking sound Hard driveâ
s read write head/actuatorarm has likely broken from its locking points and is swinging freely within thedrive or swinging wide. This can also be caused by failure of the servo motor.The drive likely does not mount and appears not to function accept for the loudclicking sound. In this state, the drive is unable to read or write, to or from,the digital media on the drive platter. Please STOP using this device immediately and send it for data recovery. Head/Platter replacement and then using data recovery equipment to read data is the most likely solution in this case.
Hard drive unit powers up, but the drive does not mount, and there is no discernable data read/write sound This condition is often caused by overheating and occurs when excessive heat causes one or more of the inner components to expand andstick to another component or to the housing unit itself. This condition will cause the drive to stop reading or writing data. It is not uncommon for the unit to show up as a mounted drive under windows when this condition exists, however;no folders or files will be displayed. A prompt to format the drive may even bedisplayed, but the system will most likely lock up when attempting to access thevolume.
Hard drive powers up and a scraping sound is audible Read/write head or arm has broken or come loose and is scraping the digital media on the drive platter(s). STOP using this drive immediately. The scraping sound is the read/write heads impacting with the drive platter. The read/write heads are scraping the magnetic media from the drive platter and throwing debris all about the inner drive housingunit, increasingly compounding the problem. If this condition just occurred, and little damage has taken place to the drive patterâ
s digital magnetic media, it ispossible to remove the broken read/write arm and replace it with a known good arm. Extensive and delicate cleanup will be necessary in order to remove the debris from the drive platters and drive housing unit. Data recovery rates dealing with this type of symptom are very low. Head/Platter replacement and then using data recovery equipment to read data is the most likely solution in this case.
Hard drive has been exposed to water damage You have a hard disk drive that has been immersed in or otherwise exposed to water. Even if the drive has been removed from the water and appears to be dry, do not attempt to power the drive up. Ifthe drive was running at the time of exposure, it is possible that the logic board has been damaged beyond repair. All hard drives have ventilation ports, theyare small and usually regulated by a flap type of control that allows air to escape, but does not allow for dust and debris to enter. Chances are good that this flap prevented water from entering the drive housing unit and reaching the digital media on the drive platters. It is possible, under controlled conditions, to properly dry the remaining and unseen moisture on the drive, replace the logicboard, and recover data. To increase your probability of data recovery, and decrease your risk of damaging or contaminating the logic board during handling orremoval, deliver the drive to a data recovery specialist immediately. Platter replacement and then using data recovery equipment to read data is the most likelysolution in this case.
Hard drive unit has been exposed to fire Hard drive has been damaged by fire. Themost delicate portions of the drive have likely been melted or damaged to somedegree. Many individuals simply call it a lost cause at this point but not so fast, there is still hope. This drive is in serious need if examination by a professional data recovery expert. Attempts to replace the logic board and power theunit up could cause an increase in damage. Metal expands when exposed to heat. It sometimes contracts when it cools down, but there is no guarantee. A data recovery expert may be able to manipulate the drive, replacing parts where necessary

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