We have been getting a lot of questions about the different types of hard drive recovery and what users can do when they have a data loss situation. There are two main types of hard drive or data loss problems users run into:
- Software Failure – this can be caused by viruses or file corruption even user error. We consider it a logical problem, in other words there is not a physical problem with the hard drive. Boot files not working, partitions not showing up, or Windows asking to format a drive are all symptoms of a logical hard drive problem. The rule of thumb here is if your BIOS or your operating system can see the drive, but you can’t access the data, then you have a logical or software problem.
- Physical Failure – the worst case scenario when it comes to hard drive recovery is a physically damaged disk. Common symptoms include noises like clicking or scraping slowness for reading or writing and then absolute failure. In the good old days there were sometimes easy fixes to physically damaged hard drives, but that isn’t the case with these large capacity hard drives. Some of the major problems we run into are due to excessive heat causing platters to swell and contract as the hard drive heats up and cools down when not in use. If your hard drive is not seen by the BIOS then you need hard drive recovery.
Hard Drive Recovery Solutions
Understanding what type of problem you have with your harddisk is the first step in hard drive recovery. In most cases logical or software problems can be resolved either remotely, or with data recovery software. DTI Data Recovery has quite a bit of programs that can help home users and professionals alike. We have full version freeware data recovery software as well as a score of programs for more advanced problems. Our data recovery software page lists all the software and what it does. Feel free to call us at anytime 727-345-9665 or toll free 866-438-6932 if you have questions about which type of software you need. That is also the number to call if you want our fast remote data recovery services Recover It Now.
For all other data loss scenarios the best thing to do is to speak with one of qualified data recovery technicians about hard drive recovery. Feel free to call us at anytime 727-345-9665 or toll free 866-438-6932 with questions about our hard drive recovery services.