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Supported Desktop Disks For Data Recovery

Data recovery is used to recover lost data because of hardware or logical malfunction of a computer unit. This process includes the making of copies of data stored in the damaged hard drive and retrieving them after being deleted or corrupted. Here are the top brands of desktop hard disks and their common drive problems, which can result to loss of data.


Fujitsu drives rarely fail because of physical damage. But when it does, it’s probably because of corrupt firmware. The common indications of failing Fujitsu hard drives are:

  • Inaccessible drive but still functioning well physically
  • Cannot be recognized by the desktop’s BIOS
  • When recognized by the BIOS, description is unreadable or incorrect

IBM & Hitachi

IBM and Hitachi hard disks are known for its serious mechanical breakdown, known as the “Click of Death”. This disk failure is indicated by a scratching noise accompanied with a clicking sound from the hard drive. Click of Death is one of the most difficult cases in recovering data and it is strongly recommended to immediately speak to a data recovery specialist as soon as you notice any signs of this kind of disk failure.


Maxtor desktop hard drives are generally known to be reliable. However, like any drive, they are still prone to drive failure due to several reasons.

  • Firmware corruption
  • Electronic problem
  • Incorrect sector boundaries
  • Service track corruption


Seagate is known to be the world’s oldest and largest hard drive manufacturer. Because of decades of experience, the company has already perfected the drives they produced today. However, years ago, Seagate’s drives were not as tough as today. So if you happen to own one of those old drives, check to see if these signs, which can lead to data loss, are present.

  • Drive gets very noise
  • BIOS unable to recognize the drive
  • BIOS can recognize but unit runs very slow
  • The volume won’t mount

Western Digital

Western Digital has been manufacturing hard drives for almost 30 years and is already known to produce good quality drives. However, their drives are still prone to common drive problems, such as firmware corruption, service track failure, and development of bad sectors. Be very cautious about the development of bad sectors since this problem doesn’t show any signs of presence. After some time, you’ll just notice that your unit won’t be able to boot up and won’t get pass through the booting process.


This brand is known in Singapore to produce affordable and well-performing hard drives. However, like all the aforementioned brands, Samsung are also prone to drive failures. Some of the signs of failing Samsung drives are the following:

  • Fails to spin-up after several attempts
  • Makes repetitive clicking noise while trying to spin-up
  • BIOS unable to recognize the drive
  • Emits whining sounds
  • Runs very slow accompanied with a ticking sound


Quantum drives have quite a number of problems. Among the common problems that Quantum drives may experience is the bad sectors. Over time, magnetic media in the platters of the drive begins to deteriorate and affects the performance of other parts. If not addressed right away, the drive will read the data from bad sectors, which can cause the unit to freeze and produce clicking and scratching sounds. If you notice such behaviors in your desktop unit, run a backup procedure as soon as possible. If the unit reached the point of total drive failure, never attempt to turn on or restore the data on your own. Contact a Singapore data recovery specialist and let their expertise do the work.

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