Mechanical Failure of Hard Drives
If you’ve experienced mechanical failure of your hard drive, you are not alone. Even though technology has progressed significantly over the years, mechanical failure and other types of hard disk drive (HDD) failures still remain a common occurrence. In fact, some manufacturers state that around 1.5% of hard disks fail annually, with a hard disk lasting between 4–7 years on average, depending upon the specifications of the hard disk.
WHY CHOOSE DRIVESAVERS?
When retrieving data from an HDD that has experienced mechanical failure, DriveSavers data recovery experts carefully inspect all possible damaged components and then either repair or replace those parts. All repairs are conducted in a Certified ISO 5 Cleanroom due to the extreme sensitivity of the hard drive heads and magnetic platters.
An ISO 5 Cleanroom is vital for protecting the magnetic disks in your HDD. Almost every particle is filtered in the lab, preventing the irreversible data loss that could be caused if even a few particles touch the surface of the magnetic disk. This is just one reason why it is so important to trust the experts.
After the components are repaired, data recovery experts make a clone of the HDD by transferring the raw data to a working device. The experts then decipher the cloned data into useable files that the customer can transfer to a working computer.
WHAT IS MECHANICAL FAILURE?
Mechanical failure arises when an HDD’s movable parts stop working due to various reasons. This type of failure only occurs on HDD and does not occur on solid state drives (SSD). This is because SSDs do not have any moving parts, though there are plenty of other types of failure that do occur on an SSD.
An HDD uses a mechanical actuator arm that moves around a rotating storage disk to read and write data. Laptop drives can spin up to 7,200RPM and certain server-based drives can spin at 15,000RPM! This amount of movement causes wear and tear over time, which in turn leads to mechanical failure of your HDD.
As the movements within an HDD are quite sharp and precise, the slightest mechanical failure could lead to data loss and a need for data recovery.
Indicators of mechanical failure of hard drives can differ based on the degree of problems the components of an HDD faces. If the read and write heads of an HDD are not aligned properly, this could lead to certain files not being recognized by the drive. In many instances, a full read or write crash could lead to permanent data loss if the read/write heads come in contact with the magnetic disks where the data is stored.
If you find that your hard drive has mechanical failure, you should choose a reputable data recovery company like DriveSavers, whose combined years of experience can handle all instances of HDD mechanical failures. Whether you are a business or an end user, not everyone backs up data regularly. You may have a lot of sensitive data that you need to have retrieved. To prevent permanent data loss, you should call DriveSavers right away to ensure swift data recovery.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR HARD DISK
FACES MECHANICAL FAILURE
If you feel that your hard disk is damaged or is displaying any of the symptoms mentioned earlier, power off your computer right away and call DriveSavers. Note any indicators that signaled hard drive failure and relay them to the DriveSavers data recovery advisor that answers your call.
Our team of experts will quickly be able to diagnose the reasons behind your hard drive failure and be able to offer a cost estimate as well as the turnaround time for data recovery. Do not attempt to retrieve data or attempt a drive recovery yourself as this can lead to further media damage and permanent data loss.
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