Many people use their computers every day to browse the internet, upload photographs, watch movies or work at home. So, it is easy to feel lost or helpless when a computer suffers a hard drive failure, because it stores so many files and photos.

Thankfully, it is possible to retrieve your much-loved data or critical files from a failed hard drive, and here’s how…

USB Flash Drive with hard disk drive close up
USB Flash Drive with hard disk drive close up

Write an Inventory List

Before you do anything, write down a list of all the important files you can think of that are stored onto the failed hard drive. Think about every file you would not want to lose on your computer, which will ensure you recover the data during the retrieval process.

For example, do you have treasured family photos and videos, vintage software that you don’t want to lose, private financial information or private documents? Cast your mind back to when you first got your computer to see if there is anything you wouldn’t want to fall into the wrong hands.

Identify the Cause of the Hard Drive Failure

Once you have written down the list of files you do not want to lose, you must try to identify what caused the hard drive failure. For example, did you recently install a new software system? Is the computer old and come to the end of its life? Did you accidently download a virus? Or was the failure caused by an accident, such as tipping a glass of water onto the device?

It is important to identify the cause of the failure so you can place the system into one of two categories: a mechanical drive failure (physical problem) or a logical drive failure (software issue). Logical drive failures are often easier to remedy than a mechanical issue, because you can install high-quality software to recover your files in no time at all.

Unfortunately, a mechanical drive failure can be much more complex, so it will not be an easy fix, so you will more than likely need to choose between a hard drive repair or a hard drive recovery service, depending on your needs. Fortunately, Secure Data Recovery techniques can successfully help you recover the files following a physical failure, such as electronic damage or a read/write head crash.

The Hard Drive Recovery Tools

If your hard drive failure was caused by a software issue, it is recommended to run an initial diagnostic on the system, such as hard drive repair software. If the software fails to work, it might be time to go back to the drawing board or admit defeat and hire the services of an experienced professional.

It is easy to worry when a hard drive fails on us, but it is important not to panic. However, never attempt to personally remove data from the hard disk assembly to prevent permanently damaging your files. A professional recovery expert can help you retrieve your critical files, you just need to have a little patience.