3 Common Hard Drive Failures and How to Approach Them

Hard drive crashes can be scary events. Your photos, videos, private confidential documents, or even your files from work are in danger of going into oblivion. And these failures can be due to any reason. Mechanical, logical, or software based faults are most common but if you are lucky, these can be remedied in time.

Being highly precision based mechanical devices, hard drives are bound to fail at some point of time. But unless you are being careless, hard drive failures can mostly be prevented. Most of the time, any hardware based hard drive failure requires assistance from professional hard drive recovery services. DIY solutions can completely destroy the drive, rendering it useless.

In this article, we are going to discuss some common hardware-based HDD failures and how you should approach them while there is still a chance.

Hard Drive Not Detected

You plug in the drive and it is not detected. This could be due to many reasons ranging from a loose cable to corrupt firmware.

In many compact PC cases, there is an uneven force on the HDD connector. This force breaks the connector sometimes and the hard drive is not detected.

It can also happen because of corrupted firmware. The firmware is responsible for the basic communication between the software and hardware.

What to do –

Start by changing the SATA cables. If you are lucky, swapping the cables should solve the problems. If there is a broken connector, you can try some DIY options but if it’s a serious damage, then you will have to contact some professionals.

A firmware issue cannot be solved by own and you will have to contact a recovery service.

Clicking and Grinding Noises

This one is related to the previous point. If the firmware is going corrupt, the HDD will have to put in extra efforts to retrieve data. This may also happen because the head of the drive was misaligned because of a force or drop.

Noises from the drive are the most common indication that the drive is failing. No matter what the actual reason is, you will have to send the drive for repair and no DIY can solve it.

What to do –

If the clicking noise is regular, it is surely a sign of failure. Stop using the drive. You don’t want to strain the head any longer. Contact a specialist as soon as possible.

Sudden Hanging or Crashing when Accessed

You have turned on the computer and the moment the drive tries to spin up, it crashed showing a bunch of errors. This could be a cause of multiple factors. It can be due to a large number of bad sectors in the drive that when accessed causes the drive to react erratically.

It can also happen because of a bad power supply. Yes, it is certainly possible. A small power surge can create faults in the power delivery of the drive so whenever the drive spins up, the power system shuts down.

What to do

Unlike other options, you have the small chance to solve it by using a software solution to correct the sectors. If there is any mechanical failure in the platters, then the software won’t work.

Similarly, if the power system is at fault, try with a different SATA power cable. If it doesn’t work, contact a repair company. The data should be recovered easily if only a small power phase chip is fried.