Steps to consider WHEN (Not if!) you experience Hard Drive Failure
Hard drive failure is the most common source of data loss and this can have a crushing impact on business productivity as well as causing a great deal of personal distress. The diligent practice of data back-up cannot be stressed enough. It is a simple fact that at some point all hard drives will experience a failure which leads to a loss of data.
It is not a question of if a hard drives will fail, but when. Even with the best laid plans, a consistent back up strategy and diligence regarding the proper handling and maintenance of our data storage devices, we must still be prepared to take action when unforeseen events occur.
My Data Recovery Lab Offers the following tips to help minimize the negative impact of an unforeseen event:
If the failed drive is the system boot disk, the removable digital data storage medium from which a computer can load and run or boot an operating system or utility program, we suggest you immediately unplug the computer and remove the drive. Any attempt at DIY recovery should be performed only if you can tolerate a complete loss of data.
Seriously consider the importance of the missing data before attempting to execute any system software. System software tools, such as ScanDisk are intended to repair a disk’s file system only. This software may damage data rendering making it difficult or impossible to recover.
If you are certain that the failure is related to problems within the file system and not a physical failure, such as an electronic malfunction or internal hardware failure, data recovery software may be attempted. While this procedure often results in a successful recovery there is still the danger that the Operating System will overwrite parts of the missing data. It is extremely important to take risk of data loss into consideration.
Drive cases may only be opened in a clean-room facility. A clean-room is an environment that controls the level of environmental pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles and chemical vapors. Any exposure to these pollutants can result in the physical destruction of the disk’s magnetic layer and a complete loss of data. Never open a disk drive case on your own.
No attempt to “repair” bad sectors or to read data from bad sectors using data retrieval software is recommended for use on a failing disk. The risk of overwriting critical data and complete loss of data is very high.