Setbacks You May Encounter Using A Hard Drive:
Here at www.advancedharddriverecovery.co.uk we spend a large portion of our time dealing with clients who have lost data as a result of problems relating to their hard drive. The problems encountered by clients both new and old are varied and are such that they can be caused by issues with the hardware within the hard drive as well as issues caused by irregularly functioning firmware. We also find ourselves dealing with problems caused by the malfunction of hardware as a result of power surges. Whatever the problem though we have a 99.9% success rate when it comes to retrieving your data.
Hard Drive Platter & Spindle Issues:
Within the hard drive there are platters. These ceramic or glass platters are used to store the data that you, the user, has been working on and as such problems befalling these can make it difficult to access the data you have saved. These platters are very delicate and extremely thin and are separated by a thin cushion of air that prevents the Read/Write head from touching the platter as it passes across them. With this in mind problems arise when the Read/Write heads make physical contact with the platters. This is why sometimes our clients report hearing the sound of what they describe as metal grinding against metal. This is the first audible sign that there is a problem with the hard drive.
Hard Drive Logic Board Problems:
The logic board is the board that is attached to the hard drive and contains components and soldered circuits and is designed to send information to and from the hard drive, by means of the firmware. This board is similar in style and function to a motherboard and when it fails it can cause the drive itself to stop responding to the motherboard and the commands being sent from it.
Hard Drive Firmware Difficulties:
Firmware is designed specifically to help the hard drive operate by having the commands necessary to send and receive information embedded into the platters on the hard drive or on the logic board. This small but important program can sometimes be upgraded online if the manufacturer provides an upgrade but it is worth remembering that sometimes the attempted update of firmware can cause further problems. We have dealt with many users who have experienced problems with their hard drives as a result of attempting a firmware update.
Non Recognisable Hard Drives Using Windows or OS:
It is sometimes the case that the operating system on your computer (Windows or OS) may not recognise, or struggle to recognise the hard drive that is attached to it. This may be because of a problem with the hard drive itself (see above) or perhaps as a result of a loss in important system files or drivers. Problems can arise with the operating system if it is on the same hard drive as your own user data and some of the files have been corrupted or accidentally deleted. Also during the upgrade of an operating system certain files can be overwritten by newer files that the firmware of the hard drive is not familiar with. We here at www.advancedharddriverecovery.co.uk have 15 years experience in dealing with the problems arising from conflicts within the operating systems on PCs and Macs.