How to Perform Data Recovery after a Hard Disk Crash
A hard disk crash can
feel like one of the most devastating moments in our
tech-focused world. Especially if you haven't backed up
all the data on your drive. When your disk crashes, you
can lose family photos, important documents and records,
music files - all of your data. But if you know how to recover
files after a hard disk crash most likely your
data isn't gone forever.
Often, your data is still on the disk, but you'll need
to use different methods to retrieve it.
Hard disk failures can occur spontaneously or gradually.
But all hard drives fail inevitably, if you keep them up
and running long enough. Under normal conditions, a hard
drive may take years to fail. But obviously, abuse or
mishandling caused by overheating, drops and falls,
spilled beverages, etc. can drastically shorten then
life of your hard drive (or end it immediately).
Early warning signs of gradual disk failure include
corrupted data, slower functioning of your machine, and
cyclical clicking noises. If you suspect your hard drive
might be failing gradually, back up all your data
immediately. A gradual failure can take as long as
several weeks or as little as an hour or two to crash
A spontaneous or catastrophic hard disk failure occurs
without warning. You'll most likely encounter these when
you turn on your computer one day and it just won't boot
If your hard disk has already crashed, don't panic. Keep
reading for tips on how to recover the precious data on
If your drive is making a lot of noise, don't keep
trying to boot up your computer. Instead, find another
way to access the hard disk without booting it. You can
do this by removing it from your main computer and
attaching it via a USB enclosure or a free hard drive
bay in another computer. If you can't remove the hard
drive (for example, if you have a failed laptop hard
drive), use a bootable LiveCD. R-Studio comes with a
bootable version that can be burned on a disc or imaged
to a USB drive. Or, you can Ubuntu Rescue Remix, a
slightly less user-friendly (but free) tool that's based
on the popular Windows-like Linux distribution. Ubuntu
Rescue Remix comes with TestDisk bundled with it, which
is a command line interface tool for disk repair and
The best you can do with a physical disk failure is
recover your data. Even if you can have your hard disk
repaired, it will likely continue to be unstable for the
remainder of its life. I recommend investing in a new
hard drive after a major hardware failure.
Recovering data after a hardware malfunction can be more
difficult than recovering data after a software issue.
If you're hard disk is making grinding noises, you may
be doing more harm to your data if you try to retrieve
it without the proper tools. Although it is more
expensive than do-it-yourself data recovery, hiring a
data recovery specialist is often worthwhile for
hardware failures. These specialists are highly-trained
and experienced in dealing with mechanical failures.