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Recovering From Crashing Hard Drives: Your Options

What do you do if your hard drive crashes? It’s a devastating loss to your life, regardless if you are a heavy or casual computer user. The hard drive of a computer is essentially its brain, and like the human body, a computer will experience system wide failure without its brain.

Hard drive recovery options depend on the cause of the failure. Ideally you would have invested in, or had a systematic hard drive back up system. However, if you didn’t, there are solutions available to you. Typically the first objective in recovering your hard drive is determining the cause. If you are able to do this yourself, you can then determine what is needed to repair it. In most cases hard drive recovery can be a costly and time consuming process. However, in some cases, if you have stored important information on your hard drive that you need, recovery is necessary (more about this here).

It doesn’t matter what you lost when it crashed. The value of these items in some cases may be priceless. I have experienced a hard drive disaster, and as a result I lost pictures that I would have ran into a burning home to save. Having said that, it is up to you to determine whether or not recovery of your hard drive is worth the cost.

Determining the cause of hard drive failure can be difficult and may require the help of a qualified professional. However, there are a few things you can try if you are fairly computer savvy. One important note, you should not attempt to fix or diagnose your hard drive unless you are confident in your ability to do so. If you attempt to diagnose or fix it, do so at your own risk of losing it altogether.

What Are The Symptoms?

First, was the hard drive making any kind of sounds that are not typical? Can you hear any clicking or whirring sounds? Do a visual check of the drive, can you see any broken parts, burns or scorched marks? Check your hardware connections to ensure proper power is being supplied to the drive. This can be an easy and simple fix.

If it is imperative to your life that the data stored on the hard drive needs to be recovered, find a professional in your local area qualified to fix it. By choosing this option, you are looking at a faster turnaround time in the recovery of your data and the ability to use your computer. But as mentioned above, this can be costly.

You can attempt to do it yourself and there are many wonderful resources online to help you. This is especially true if the data on the drive did not have significant importance to you and you simply need to get your computer back up and running again.

An important word of wisdom is this, if you choose to recover or repair the hard drive yourself, know that your attempts to fix it may actually cause the drive to become un-fixable and un-recoverable by a professional. Hard drives do not contain typical parts that can simply be replaced like any other household appliance.

If you have determined that a professional hard drive recovery vendor is your best option, you can find one in your local area by searching online. Finding a local vendor can save you the time and hassle it takes to ship it to a different location. Do your research, check out the company, their time in business, their BBB rating and most importantly, read reviews from other customers.

Another aspect to carefully consider is the vendors guarantee to recover your hard drive. Do you pay if they fail to fix it? And is there a fee to pay them for their time in the event they were unable to repair it? Ideally, you will find a professional who will be able to adequately diagnose the problem prior to the repair, allowing you to make an educated decision.

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