Common types of hard drive failures

Strong drive click or tick noises

Clicking on a hard disk sound signal failed a disk drive, sometimes catastrophically. The clicking sound itself stems from the unexpected movement of the read-write actuator on the hard drive. The disk head must shift correctly at startup and during use, and be able to check that it is recording data correctly on the disk. If the head fails to move as planned or the disk surface can not be controlled correctly while moving, the disk controller can try to recover from the error by returning the head to its home position and then try again, often creating an audible "click."

The process is automatically retried on some computers, resulting in a repeated press. If the hard disk platters don't suffer corresponding harm, we can recover the data by opening the hard disk in our clean room and substituting our heads.

Drive unrecognized and seems dead

One of the most common problems faced with hard drives when it comes to data recovery is burnt cuircuit boards (PCB). Hard drives, overheating, power surges and lines, are extremely susceptible. Quite frequently a bad power supply device combined with a power streak is necessary to fry the electronics spindle driver chip and make the data unavailable.

The PCB will sometimes be recycled from other hard drives of the same type for old ones. The problem is that a conventional hard disk logic board is designed for the assembly of a head disk. In our laboratory, we use specialist software and hardware to recreate or move these parameters from our fried board to allow PCBs from the donor to be completely compatible .

Quick drive spins, then it shuts

There could be almost something wrong for the hard disk to shut down after a couple of seconds. Most hard drives shut down to try to avoid further damage when they detect a serious failure. The control panel may be poor and can fix the problem by replacing it with the same panel. It needs to be the same revision and firmware standard for certain drives, not just the same model.

Rapid drive grinds or doesn't start spin

Noises can be caused by the grinding or screaming of coils or spindles. This is one of the worst for hard disk failures, because our specialists have to remove the entire cover and head mount to replace the engines or refubricate covers. The weight of the spindle motor can be directly attributed to these failures, or several occasions this form of failure can also occur.

Hard drive which is recognized by the BIOS, but can not be accessed

Logical failure in most situations happens when the BIOS on the device may view the hard disk, but can't access the data there for whatever reason. The partition can not be mountable or simply announce that there is no move. Logical failure in the most serious cases may involve a hard drive that spins well, but the computer's BIOS is not even recognised as existing.

Electronic and mechanical parts function correctly on hard drives in logical failure. Logical failures occur as a result of defective media (platter degradation) or data corruption from another source (file table destroyed, etc.).

Without the need to open the hard disk, almost any logical error can be recovered. While there are a variety of logical data recovery programs on the market, it is vital that you know why your drive has logically failed to recover your data before you try. If you misdiagnose a logical problem, during your recovery attempt you can irreparably harm the drive.