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Problems That Can Cause Hard Drive Failure:

Your hard drive is one of the most important pieces of equipment when it comes to the everyday function of your computer and to this end when a problem occurs it can cause you to, not only lose the use of the computer, but also potentially lose the data on the hard drive. This is where we at Nottingham Data Recovery come in. With a decade and a half’s experience helping the computer using business community of Nottingham we are ideally placed to help you should your hard drive fail. With problems ranging from the loss of data due to hard drive hardware failure to hard drive failure because of firmware or software complications, we can help recover the data from your hard drive even if the drive itself cannot be saved.

Malfunction of Hard Drive Mechanics:

The warning signs may be evident if a hard drive failure is imminent or it may be the case that you are unfortunate enough not to receive any warning. There are occasions when the computer may issue a series of warning beeps on start-up that equate to hard drive failure. Or the operating system may offer up the Blue Screen of Death’ as a means of warning you. Whatever the warning the reasons may be due to the failure of mechanical elements of the drive such as the Read/Write head, the spindles, the platters onto which the data is saved, or the thinner-than-a-human-hair actuator arm that allows the Read/Write hair to travel across the space between the platters without touching them. Issues causing the malfunction of these pieces of hardware can leave you in the unfortunate position where your ability to save and retrieve data from your drive is compromised.

Hard Drives Formatted Incorrectly or By Mistake:

There are occasions when a hard drive has been brought to us here at Nottingham Data Recovery because it has been accidentally formatted and we have been tasked with the recovery of the data that has been lost. We can do this and do so on a regular basis but it is important that if you accidentally format or delete important files from your hard drive that you do not try to reformat the drive immediately after or try to save other files over those that you have deleted. To this end we recommend immediately shutting down your computer and contacting us should accidental deletion occur. Make sure that the computer cannot be used by anyone else and keep the drive safe in its current condition until it can be sent or delivered to us. If you have secured the drive after accidental deletion there is a much better chance that we can recover the data for you.

Breakdown of Hard Disk Electronics:

On the underside of the hard drive in your computer you will find what is known as a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) and the purpose of this board of electronic components is to provide information to the hard drive as to how it should function in relation to the other devices to which it is connected. This is especially important if the drive you are using is of an older design and contains the drive’s firmware; the software program that filters the command and Read/Write instructions from the hard drive to the motherboard and back again. Errors caused by the loss of electronic components are normally identifiable by the inability of the drive to follow simple commands such as opening and saving a file(s).

Hard Drive Firmware Discrepancies:

The firmware on your hard drive – as mentioned in the previous section – is designed to help your hard drive operate whilst receiving a series of requests from both computer and user at the same time. The firmware is a small but vital piece of software that, unlike ordinary software such as the operating system, rarely changes the way it behaves. There are exceptions to this of course as sometimes firmware can become corrupt or obsolete depending on when it was pre-installed to the drive and what changes were made to the setup of the drive since then. Upgrades and updates can be made available by the manufacturer but it is worth nothing that here at Nottingham Data Recovery we are often asked to assist in the recovery of data from drives that have failed because of a problem in the reinstallation of a firmware program.

Frozen, Slow or Sluggish Hard Drive:

If you experience a sudden slowness in how your computer operates we posit there may well be a potential hard drive failure looming. To this end it is important that you heed any warnings that you might be given. These warnings will take the form of your computer displaying Microsoft’s infamous ‘Blue Screen of Death’ (itself a precursor to many a hard drive or device failure), a desire on the behalf of your computer to try and continually reboot itself without user intervention, or simply being left with a frozen screen to which no changes can be made. If you notice that the process of saving information to, or opening files from you hard drive is taking longer than normal then it is likely that a problem is occurring or in the process of manifesting itself. We recommend powering down your computer to ensure no further loss of data or damage to other components; and contact us here at Nottingham Data Recovery where our engineers are on hand to help diagnose the problem as well as recover your precious data.

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