It’s a fact that any of the hard disk get crashed either earlier or later. But when, it really matters for everyone. User may loss their entire data ans this is inversely proportional to the preparation that you have already done in advance. Thus, data backing is so much essential since it is the best solution to stay away from data loss. Hard drive damage doesn’t get damaged automatically or suddenly, it takes some time. Additionally, it also notify you by delivering some unusual behavior.
- System starts freezing. During this, mouse cursor will be unmovable and keyboard input will be inaccessible. Meanwhile, you don’t have any any option except restarting it.
- While performing any regular activities, you may face some predominant and inscrutable error messages.
- Some files saved on the hard drive will mysteriously disappears.
- You may face some frequent crashes preferably while launching windows.
Beside, these there are various other reasons that can be responsible for drive failure. So, if you are feeling any of such issues, then the primary thing that you need to do is to make backup of your data so that in case of drive corruption or damage, you can restore all your lost files and folders.
Note: Sometime, all these problems can also be caused because of having any malware in the PC. So firstly, be sure of having virus free device and if have any, then kindly go for any powerful and smart working software that do have ability to remove all type of infection of your system from roots.
Signs of Actual Failure
If the drive fails, then probably, it’s a mechanical occurrence or failure. Sometime, you will hear some strange metallic noises created by the drive which occurs because of aimlessly thrashing of the read/write head. It actually indicates failure of the drive. In addition, you will not able to boot your system and will get blue screen of death while having crashed hard drive.
In order to deal with all such issues, you need to do is to run through some examination of the system to check if this is indeed a drive failure. Here, you can see some basic checklist, just go through it.
- Be sure that the power cable is connected to the drive correctly.
- Make sure that data cable is connected to the drive properly.
- If having IDE drive, then kindly be sure that the ribbon cable is aligned properly. Since, normally, Pin 1 is nearest to power plug, thus check that Cable’s Red edge is aligned with Pin 1 on the drive connector.
- If there is IDE drive, make sure that Master/slave assignment is set to correctly.
After you have checked all above criteria, and all are correct, then it’s good. Now if having IDE drive, then go to system’s BIOS and check for auto detect the drive. If system detect it then, it’s confirm for having solid connection, But still it doesn’t mean that drive is good. It just mean that BIOS can see it.
Now run a drive scan with the help of bootable diskette for your security application. It will simply scan entire drive along with boot partition. If resulting anything then let it to do its task.
You can use FDISK in orer to view the drive partitions. In case if you don’t found any active partitions , then unluckily it’s a bad news since we all know that partitions are screwed up. In that scenario, either you need to recover your data using third party application or to re-partition the drive(it also inclused data loss while running the process).
In case if drive is functioning partially, then you can go for ScanDisk or Check Disk on the drive, it will be ideal. Try to run it by allowing it to execute full scan and fix anything if found. But, if having full completely mechanical failure, then under that circumstances, nothing will be workable.
There are serious peoples standing in the row and looking for data recovery because of not having backup. However, in some cases, it’s possible also but needs money. Recently it has been revealed that it cost almost $300 and $400 in order to achieve this. But remember, art of recovering data entirely depends upon the nature of drive failure. For instance, if the drive electronics have died but mechanics are fine, then drive can be retrieve by replacing the electronic board. Beside, if spin and are still intact after the dead of read/write head, in that case data still resides there. You can get the data through a new read/write head
Reference Taken : http://www.pcmech.com/article/hard-drive-failure-warnings-and-solutions