Hard Drive Repair
The term hard drive repair is generally used in cases of physilal (mechanical or electric) hard drive failure. This means that the hard drive or some of its parts have been damaged or worn down and the disk cannot function any more. In most cases hard drive repair implies data recovery and not bringing the hard drive to a working condition again because recovery services may cost several times as much as a new drive. However, if your hard drive is still under warranty and you have no important data on it, the manufacturer will repair or simply replace the faulty hard drive with a new one. Also, there is an instance when Seagate offered free recovery services to the unlucky owners of their faulty hard drives (Barracuda 7200.11).
If your hard drive is recognized by BIOS, doesn’t make funny noises, it hadn’t been dropped/ burned/ sunk in water, wasn’t affected by power surges, chances are that it’s just a logical failure. The term logical failure is usually referred to when you cannot access the files on the disk because of file system failure, damaged boot sector, OS failure or other reasons that do not deal with the disk’s integrity. Try a reliable hard drive recovery program and probably you will resolve the problem without the costly services of hard drive repair experts.
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How is Hard Drive Repair Done?
In the process of hard drive repair the damaged parts are replaced or the platters are inserted into another hard drive box so that thendata could the accessed. Do not try to repair your hard drive yourself if you observe any of the following: * The hard drive is not recognized and making clicking, grinding, whining or other unusual noises * The disk won’t boot and makes no sounds at all (some parts might get stuck inside) * You have dropped you hard drive on a hard surface * It was damaged by water or fire * The smoke is coming out of it * You’ve had a power surge and now the disk won’t boot
In such cases hard drive repair requires to remove the cover of the hard drive to access the inside parts. Never do it at home and don’t power up the damaged hard drive if the data on your hard drive is really important. This operation should be done only in specialized cleanrooms where the amount of dust, airborne microbes and other pollutants per cubic meter of air is very small. The actuator head never touches the platters inside the disk, it “flies” above the surface at a very small distance while reading the data. If a dust particle gets caught between the platters and the head, the platters may be damaged and the data will become unrecoverable. Always use hard drive repair services in such cases. They may be costly, but you don’t want to run the risk of losing vitally important data.
Tips: Hard Drive Repair
If you can’t say for sure which kind of failure occured to your hard drive, don’t power it up. Apply to a reliable hard drive repair company.