Is It Actually The Hard Drive or Not?If your like me and you leave back up to the last minute always putting it off then at some point you may be in the predicament where your hard drive has eventually failed and thus here you are trying to recover your data. Quit panacking! Hard drive recovery is possible, but first you need to find out if it is the hard drive that has actually failed and not something else. If you have access to another computer, remove the supposedly failed drive and set it up as a secondary drive. The best way to do this is through a USB universal drive adapter. I'd recommend a good one like this. Even if your hard drive hasn't failed they are good to have and can be used for all sorts of hard drive diagnostics. Surprise surprise, this is a lot easier to do on a Mac. You can just use a FireWire cable and plug your non-working mac to a working one. By simply holding down the T key whilst powering it up and choosing " target boot ". Whether your using this method on your mac or a usb drive adapter, your files may show on your working computer and if they do it means your hard drive is probably fine after all but you will need to re-install your operating system. Don't forget to get your files to a safe place though before you do so.
If Your Files Do Not ShowIf your at this point then you need to ask yourself how much your data is worth to you. Depending on how it is damaged it could cost you anything from $100 upwards to fix. It can take days to salvage and there is no guarantee that the time and money you put into it will get your precious data back to you safe and sound. It is a depressing reality but if your like me then you are still optimistic but just want you to know the reality of the situation before we move along. So now let me tell you something you want to hear. Most often data can be recovered from failed hard drives and it's probably surprising how resilient these dainty things can be so lets look at what has happened to yours so we can look at getting your files back. If your up for some DIY hard drive recovery let's get stuck in but be warned all hard drive recovery attempted by yourself is at your own risk and there is no guarantee it will all go to plan
How Has Yours Crashed?There are 2 ways in which your drive could have failed
Logistical FailureMeaning the drive is physically ok but the internal files are corrupted OR it has been formatted incorrectly. If yours has failed logically you can either hand it over to a specialist or if your brave, try to do it yourself. As long as the files are not overwritten they will still remain there so it is important, if you want to retrieve your files that you do not override you files
Mechanical failureMeaning it has broken parts. If it makes a clicking sound when your trying to access files this usually means something is physically busted. If you hear that it may mean your files are still there but you will need to pay a specialist to get it back.
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Test it to see if your issue is there to find out what is wrong with your hard drive
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Data Recovery Software or Service?
Some great advice here from Drive Savers. They say
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- First assess the value of your data. If the value is less than $800 consider Do It Yourself Software as your hard drive recovery option. If the value is more than $800 choose a professional
- The use of hard drive recovery or utility software can potentially cause data loss. The use of a professional hard drive recovery service will maximize the chances of recovering data
- Do not attempt hard drive recovery yourself on severely traumatized drives ( i.e turning the computer off and on or using over the counter diagnostic tools ) as this may cause further damage or permanent data loss.
- If the drive makes scrapping, tapping, clicking or humming noises do not use hard drive recovery or utility software
- Do not power up the device that has obvious physical damage or is making unusual sounds.
- Shut down the computer to avoid any further damage to the hard drive and it's data.
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