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Hard Disk Drive Recovery - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the most common hard drive problems?

By mistake I deleted my file, would it be possible to recover it from hard drive?

Partition has been deleted from my hard drive, what should I do?

What does Defragmentation mean?

Is there any role of Fragmentation in Hard Drive Data Recovery Process?

If I have hard drive of top manufacturer, how long it can survive without any error?

Can I use hard drive if it is not damaged critically?

Can disk utilities be used efficiently for lost data?

Is there any kind of symptoms associated before Hard Drive Failure?

What is Hard Drive Evaluation?

How much data can be retrieved from damaged media?

How can data loss be prevented?

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What are the most common hard drive problems?

Common hard drive problems include User Errors, Software error, Hard drive electronic failures, Hard drive arm failures and Hard drive platter failures.

By mistake I deleted my file, would it be possible to recover it from hard drive?

When a file is deleted, the operating system marks the file name with a character that informs the computer that it has been deleted. The deleted data is actually still on the drive until the file system overwrites it, but the operating system can no longer access it. The process of hard disk drive recovery finds the data that the operating system is unaware of, but still exists in individual clusters on the hard drive and hence, it can be recovered if worked upon quickly to prevent from over-writing.

Partition has been deleted from my hard drive, what should I do?

In this case, utility programs usage should be avoided, as they do not always provide satisfactory results. If its "As-Failed" condition, you can usually recover your data with the entire directory structure intact. However, NOT RUNNING UTILITY PROGRAMS IS CRITICAL. Do not install new programs or attempt to save data onto the affected drive; this could make the situation worst.

What does Defragmentation mean?

The data that is seen logically as one piece can be divided physically in pieces, saved in different locations on a media. It takes time to load this data back, so after some time it looks like that the computer started to work slower. More time is usually taken to start a program or load some file. Defragmentation can put these pieces, one by one, in the media taking less time to load the data.

Is there any role of Fragmentation in Hard Drive Data Recovery Process?

When files become fragmented, they are stored in multiple clusters on the hard drive, which makes the computer take more time to read it. A drive with a lot of fragmentation will be harder to recover in the event of crash. Therefore, it is recommended to regularly defragment your hard drive, as hard drive recovery preparation.

If I have hard drive of top manufacturer, how long it can survive without any error?

The hard disk is actually very durable, and good maintenance will ensure long life. If it is not exposed to extreme temperatures, and does not suffer any physical damage, it can easily last for ten years. However, hard disks do have several moving parts, and can become damaged or wear out with time.

Can I use hard drive if it is not damaged critically?

You should immediately stop using the damaged drive. It is essential that it is not even turned on. Every moment the drive is powered, it can potentially cause critical damage making the drive unrecoverable.

Can disk utilities be used efficiently for lost data?

Not by rule. The fact is that more data loss is reported in America due to disk repair utilities than to some actual or natural disaster. Trying data retrieval using improper procedures or techniques can make a bad situation even worse, resulting in a more labor intensive recovery process, as a result.

Is there any kind of symptoms associated before Hard Drive Failure?

There are usually warning signs involved before a Hard Drive Failure occur. Some classic signs may include strange sounds, noise, popping, frequent crashing, virus attacks or similar problems. Most of the time information lost through a temporary crash is salvageable. You must, however, have to hire a data recovery specialist if such a crisis occurs to your computer.

What is Hard Drive Evaluation?

Evaluation is an extensive analysis of your media to determine:

  • Whether the problems are physical (hardware malfunction), or logical (corrupted data or structure), or the both?
  • Physical readability of the media (we recover your data from the copy, keeping your media untouchable, unless you require to fix your media in-place)
  • Whether rebuild of the media structure required and possible?
  • Whether the media data is corrupted, and how much?
  • Whether recovery is recommended, and an estimate of time, cost and result?

How much data can be retrieved from damaged media?

From our experience, about 80-90% of data can be retrieved uncorrupted from damaged media, depending on severity of the problem.

How can data loss be prevented?

Backup in one single word is the answer. Backing up the data is the best way to control crashed hard drives data loss. As, they say prevention is the best cure, so preventing data for critical loss is the best way. Crash hard drive might be unable to recover even a single bit of data so donít put yourself at risk by not properly backing up your data. You can choose backup ways by estimating your budget and value of data. But with backing up the data, test restore performance should also be ensured.

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