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Common Causes of Hard Disk Failures

Hard disks often contain bundles of important data and a huge space to store valuable files. Unfortunately, only a few take interest to do backup procedures of important files for easier data recovery at the time of unit corruption or failure. Failure of hard disk can happen anytime because of many reasons, such as virus attack, bad power supply, damaged parts, and corrupted system files (e.g. boot.ini, NTLDR, msdos.sys etc.).

Here’s a list of the most commonhard disk failure with its solutions that can surely make data recovery easier. If in case the solutions below would not be able to solve the problem, contact a data recovery expert immediately to avoid further damages and prevent permanent loss of data.

1. Firmware Faults

Symptoms:

  • System can’t recognize the hard disk or is completely undetectable
  • The system doesn’t boot or stays in the middle of the booting process.

Reason:

This problem happens mostly in brand new units. The hard disk stops working after a few days it is purchased by the user. here this problem is usually a manufacturer’s fault if the disks are delivered to customers without pre-testing it.

Solution:

Contact the manufacturer or return the unit to where you purchased it. This type of hard disk failure doesn’t require you to pay extra amount, unless a pre-installed data is lost before the corruption happened.

2. Heat

Symptoms

  • Internal fans are not moving or are moving too slow
  • Strange noise coming from internal part of the unit

Reason:

This issue is the most common among all causes of disk problems. Due to faulty fans, which results to improper ventilation, the system would heat easily and lead to crashing of hard disk and severely damaging the hardware.

Solution:

The moment you notice that the unit easily turns warm, immediately check the CPU fans if they’re working fine and if it still gives adequate cooling to the whole processor and other parts. If the unit is still under warranty, contact an expert to check the unit. Professional Singapore technicians are authorized by manufacturers to check and fix units without nullifying the warranties.

3. Power Surges

Symptoms:

  • Hard drive cannot spin up
  • System BIOS are unable to identify the hard drive

Reasons:

The power supply that the user is using couldn’t supply enough power or it supplies more than the required power to run the unit.

Solution:

Ensure that the energy that flows to the unit is just the required amount of power needed. Make use of UPS of any well-known brand to troubleshoot this problem.

4. Mechanical Failure

Symptoms:

  • Some files and folders are invisible or can’t be located
  • Clicking sounds surges from the internal system

Reasons:

Mechanical failure happens inside the hard disk because of blocks, bad sectors, spindle motor stops rotating, or power supply failure.

Solution:

Update the system regularly, ensure no viruses can penetrate the software by using an anti-virus program, and replace the hard drive every three years. All those steps can help solve internal problems of your hard drive. If doing so still did not fix the issue, it would be best to make use of recovery software or seek help from Singapore data services experts.

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