Hard Disk Drive Repair Services
Hard drives can have many faults and fail for a variety of reasons – you may have an external hard drive that has been dropped and is now ticking, or you may have a ride from a laptop or desktop machine that has been running slowly and has now become inaccessible. Whatever the fault, if the data is valuable to you, you’ll need it recovering from the broken hard drive. After assessing the damage, the next step is to repair the hard drive so that the data can once again be accessed and the data is recovered.
Example 1: A Seized Spindle
Seized spindle faults can occur on any hard disk and usually occur whilst the hard drive is powered. When the failure occurs, the computer will often freeze and become unresponsive, making it necessary to reboot the computer. Once rebooted the hard drive will no longer be recognized by the computer and a faint buzzing or louder musical noise will be heard.\
Example 2: Stiction
Short for STatic frICTION this fault occurs when the heads of the drive become stuck to the hard drive’s platter surface and are caused by a buildup of static electricity. Stiction can occur anytime the drive is powered on. Stiction causes loss of access to the drive, which will no longer be detected by the computer.
Example 3: A Head Fault
Without a doubt, ahead fault is the most common type of mechanical hard drive failure. Frequently it is caused by the hard drive receiving a knock or a jolt – this can be when powered on or off. The symptoms of a head fault are a ticking noise when the drive is next powered on – it will also not be recognized by the computer.
Please Note: Data recovery is a skilled job and in none of these instances would we recommend that you, someone you know or your local PC shop attempt to recover the data from any type of hard drive failure. Hard drive repair and data recovery is a skilled job, letting a friend or a high street PC shop unsuccessfully attempt to fix the hard drive fault and recover the data first often makes the repair and recovery job much harder for us as we have to try and undo the damage they have caused.
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For many people (like me) SSDs are now a necessary component of any new computer they build/buy. For others, it’s a strange acronym that seems to pop up more and more often in any computer-related talk.
So, what’s Solid State Drive and why you need (or need not) one?
First, a bit of personal experience: about a year ago I’ve decided to upgrade my home desktop PC. I’ve cashed out for a top-of-the-line processor, lots of RAM, powerful GPU card, etc. Having booted the upgraded PC for the first time, I felt a tad bit disappointed. Sure, the machine was faster and more responsive, however the overall effect still left something to wish for. It almost felt like the upgrade was not worth it… That is, until I’ve decided to try one of those new shiny gadgets called solid state drives. The search for the best SSD began… Lots of reviews later I finally found the solid state drive I liked – a 128GB SSD from OCZ (OCZ 120 GB Vertex 2 to be exact) and installed my Win 7 onto that. First boot and… WOW! That thing definitely makes a difference!
Having your operating system installed on a SSD drive not only makes your system boot much faster, your programs also launch much quicker (on my machine Photoshop now launches in 3-4 seconds compared to 15-20 it used to take) and your overall user experience just becomes so much smoother and more enjoyable.
Of all the upgrades you could do for your computer, installing an operating system to a SSD drive will probably provide the biggest difference in terms of performance and overall user experience, closely followed by installing lots of RAM. I’ve never regretted spending the money on this upgrade. The only problem – it’s addictive, as now I want to install SSDs into every PC and laptop I own.
If you don’t quite know what is SSD and whether you need it or not, 5 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade To SSD Today should help you make up your mind.
To learn why SSDs are better than traditional hard drive disks go to Solid State Drives vs Hard Drives