It is always suggested to stop using a hard drive when the drive is subject to serious issues. Now, in this article, we’ll unveil 11 most common situations where you have to stop operating on your hard drive.
As we all know, mechanical hard drive has been widely used by both individuals and businesses. No matter for additional storage space or for data backups, hard drive is preferred. However, it is inevitable that hard drive will fail finally one day. Also, if users treat it violently, it can get corrupted in a moment. At that point, all the drive data will be compromised and gone, such as damaged PST file. Hence, it is prudent to keep an eye on the health of your hard disk. As soon as you discover any unusual problems involving a hard drive, you have to stop using it. Otherwise, further damage can be caused. Here we will expose 11 such cases.
1. Clicking Sounds
If your hard drive is making strange clicking sounds or a beeping noise, you have to stop using it. This kind of noises generally indicates the failure of drive heads. Keeping drive running will surely destroy the drive.
2. Not Movement
In normal scenario, when a hard drive works, namely reading or writing data, the drive will keep spinning up. That is to say, you will catch its sensation. Therefore, if there is no movement at all in the drive, you should switch off it at once.
3. Heavy Fall
If your external hard drive or computer, like laptop, falls heavily, you need raise vigilance in that the external drive or internal drive in computer will tend to get corrupted. Continuing using it will damage it further.
4. Lose Access after CHKDSK
On Windows-based computer, you can use the CHKDSK utility to repair the hard drive issues. If the hard drive becomes inaccessible after running CHKDSK, you’d better stop using it as well. Otherwise, you may suffer fatal data loss.
5. Inaccessible PC
When your computer suddenly fail when it’s working and then you cannot access it, you are better off stopping using the drive, too. At that time, you should resort to related professionals for help.
6. Frequent System Crashes
Provided that you frequently encounter system crashes on your PC even though the RAM is fine, you can suspect that the drive is malfunctioning. In this case, you should also stop using it, avoiding data overwrite.
7. Stuck OS Installing
While installing operating system on your PC, if this process abruptly gets stuck, such as stopping in between, you will fail to complete the installation. Under this circumstance, you should switch off the drive, too.
8. Water Damage
At times, you may make some inevitable damages to your drive, such as dripping water over a hard drive. This is so-called water damage. Hard drive components are so sensitive that too much water and excessive moisture can ruin it. In such a case, you should never use a water damaged drive.
It’s known that hard drive consists of a printed circuit board which is responsible for electricity supply. When it crashes, the drive will starts smoking with burning odor. Thereby, you should not work on a smoking hard drive.
10. Failed Cloning
When hard drive suffers data loss, data recovery will be required. In this process, you have to make a disk clone. But, if the cloning course is not moving or moving very slowly due to too many bad sectors, you should stop cloning and disconnect the drive immediately.
11. Recovery Software Failure
Assuming that you are using data recovery software on a hard drive but it fails as scanning maybe with an error message, you ought to stop this software as well as remove the hard drive from computer as soon as possible.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including recover Sql Server and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com