How to find the perfect solution to your data loss problems
In the present day and age, we all heavily rely on high-capacity hard disks to store hundreds of terabytes of data. And these hard disks are used quite extensively and we carry them around with us on multiple occasions. So all this use and wear and tear, and often times damage during transit may render that hard disk inactive, which in the worst case scenario, results in all your data being lost.
If you feeling lost because of a dysfunctional hard drive, then draw hope from the fact that there are many options to recover data. But before you actually lose your sanity and think that all is lost, take a deep breath to relax, because, as this article will tell you, there are quite a few ways which you can employ to recover if not all, some of the data that you thought had been lost forever!
- The easiest and most obvious solution:
If you see that your hard drive isn’t working, then the first thing you should do is, shut off the personal computer or laptop that you are using and check your hard drive to look for dents or similar damages. You should also check if there are any broken parts inside, which will become evident once you unplug it and shake it around a bit. If you are certain that nothing is broken, then use different power as well as data transfer cables, ones which you know aren’t faulty and work, and try to plug in your drive and see if it starts working again. If it still doesn’t, then try to plug in your drive in someone else’s computer and see if it’s working. If it still doesn’t, then you should know it’s gone for good.
- Changing the controller boards:
This method comes in when you are completely sure that your drive hasn’t sustained any external damage. what you need to check is whether your drive works when it’s been fixed up with a different controller board. Now, the most important thing to keep in mind is that, these controller boards are drive specific ones, so you need an exact model of the original drive that you have and which isn’t working, and swap out its controller board with a different one from a separate drive. Carefully take out the controller boards from both the drives and make sure that you don’t touch the drive’s platters under any circumstance. If you do, then you should know that your drive has been damaged for good. And try this step only if your drive has an external controller board, which doesn’t interfere with the platters in any way.
- Using Linux to come save the day:
Often, if the file system in the hard drive has been damaged in any way, Windows isn’t able to read the data on the drive. If this happens, you can try using DD in Linux to salvage the drive. But before you run the drive through any data recovery programs, its best that you copy and save an image file of the hard drive in your back up storage, so that if in case your hard drive fails to get back all the data, you can revert back to that image and try a separate approach with it while trying to recover lost data.
This is a brilliant software which was originally designed to look for and recover lost pictures and image files in crashed and non-functioning hard drives. But over the years, the software has been modified, and now it can read a whopping 80 different types of file types and easily recover them. there are a few basic steps that you need to follow when you are planning on using Photorec. So it’s better that you read up a bit on the software and how it works, before you proceed.
- Some old-school methods:
This solution might seem quite old and useless at first glance, but these two methods have helped solve hard drive non-readability issues more times than you can count. The first solution is to whack the hard drive against the palm of your hand, on the side which has the cable connector. Often, the cable head gets stuck, and doesn’t connect with the motherboard properly. Another step is to squeeze the casing tightly, if you see that the casing has become loose. You can keep applying pressure and transfer all the data to a different storage unit, and then finally let go after the transfer is complete, and simply go get a new casing for your hard drive.
- Freezing the drive:
Sometimes, due to extreme heat, the parts inside the drive expand than their original size, and cease to function properly. At times like this, just put the drive inside a sealable plastic bag and freeze it, allowing the parts inside to cool down and come back to their right working sizes.