4 Quick Steps to Diagnose and Repair a Failed Hard Drive

When finding that the hard drive cannot work as normal, you must be concerned about your data stored in the drive. This article will outline the 4 troubleshooting steps to help you diagnose and fix the hard drive issue.

In reality, hard drive can get failed unexpectedly owing to multiple reasons, such as physical damages, power failures, logical errors and so on. So users should always keep well-prepared to protect the data in the drive. The best and most convenient way is to make a consistent and up-to-date data backup. For instance, to protect your Outlook data, you can back up PST files. It will facilitate Outlook data recovery when you suffer unanticipated data disaster. If you have no backups, the unique method to recover data is to repair the broken hard drive. Here are 4 steps to diagnose the actual causes and fix the issues.

Diagnose and Repair a Failed Hard Drive

1. Check All the Connections

Sometimes, when you encounter the case that your hard drive stops working, the failed connections may be to blame. For external hard drives, the culprit involved with connections may be SATA connector, IDE connector or the USB adapter. For internal hard drives, the criminals may be connections of data and power cables. So the first step is to check all the connections to verify whether the issues come from the malfunctioning hard drive itself or the incorrect connections.

2. Check If Hard Drive Can Be Recognized

If you can really hear the drive spinning but the hard drive cannot show up in the computer, you will be required to manually check if the drive can be recognized by your computer. If the failed hard drive is the primary one and your computer cannot boot any longer, you can check it by BIOS. After starting the computer, hit the trigger key to get into BIOS. Among the available menus, you can find if the drive is in the list of the drives which are connected to the computer.

3. Diagnose from the Sounds

When a hard drive is subjected to actual damages, you can hear loud and noisy sounds from the drive. Actually different kinds of sounds refer to specific damages. For example, a clicking noise from the hard generally means a crashed drive head. It can be divided into the internal damages. If a drive gets proved completely dead, there are great chances that it stems from a malfunctioning printed circuit board, which is one of external damages. But no matter what kinds of damage, you should never try to fix the corruptions on your own.

4. Recur to Recovery Professionals

Provided that your case cannot be resolved by the step 1 and 2, it’s likely that your hard drives must have suffered actual damages, as mentioned in the Step 3. For more effective solutions, you can refer to another article – “5 Top Reasons & Solutions of Hard Drive Failures”. But actually, if you can afford, it is suggested to take recourse to professionals. They will give you the most effective advice and rescue your failed hard drive.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair SQL database damage and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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