Recovering data from a damaged drive

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Hard drive failures is common.It will happen to someone sooner or later. Luckily, there are some tools that can help you to recover data from a damaged drive. Here are some ways of recovering data from a damaged drive.

1. Try to copy data manually

First, connect the drive to another computer as a secondary drive. Then see if you can copy dat to another drive. This will work if only the operating system is corrupt, and the user files are alright.

2. Use data recovery software

You can use data recovery software to recover data. Install the recovery software in another drive. If you install it on the same drive then it may overwrite files that you want to restore. For PC data recovery you can use ‘Recuva’. It has deep scans to discover deeply-buried data. ‘PC Inspector File Recovery’ is another free software you can use. If the free softwares don’t work, then you can use ‘GetDataBack’ software. For Mac hard drive recovery, you can use ‘MiniTool Mac’ data recovery program. ‘Disk Drill’ is another software you can use.

3. Restore the deleted files after you have emptied the recycle bin

This is a very simple method of restoring files that have been deleted from the recycle bin. It works only if the file is not overwritten yet.

4. Use a data recovery service

There are many data recovery services available.  You will e able to see a list of all the recovered files through their website confirming that the files you need are on the list. You don’t have to pay anything to these firms upfront. You make the payment once they successfully recover your files.

If you ever have a damaged hard drive, you can recover your important data using one of these recovery methods.

When should you replace your hard drive?

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We all store important files in our hard drives. We often forget that electronic storage devices, like hard ware, have a limited lifetime. The average lifetime of a hard drive is 5 to 10 years. There are some signs that tell you that it’s time to replace your hard drive.

1. Speed of computer going down with frequent freezes

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When you notice that your computer is working slowly and it freezes often, you know it’s time to take backups. If the problems occur even in Windows Safe Mode or after fresh installations, then you know that this is happening due to bad hard drive.

2. Corrupted Data

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If you cannot open certain file and find them corrupted even though you had saved them, it’s a sign that your hard drive is gradually failing. So, you need to replace your hard drive.

3. Accumulation of bad sectors

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When there is bad sector in your hard drive, there’s no data integrity. They are hard to identify as they are masked by the operating system. You can run a manual disk check and identify errors. If you perform full format on Windows then also you will find bad sectors. If you find bad sectors then it’s a sign that you should replace your hard drive.

4. Noises

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If you hear any strange sound coming from your hard drive then there is high chance that your hard drive may crash any minute. Screeching or grinding noises indicate that parts of the hardware are failing.

Whenver you find one of these signs in your hard drive you should immediately take backups of all your data, if you haven’t done so. Also, it’s a good idea to replace it.