As you may know, a significant component of hardware in your PC is your hard drive. In fact, it might be one of the most important components considering it is responsible for storing and retrieving all of your digital files and information, including your operating system. It also is responsible for storing and running programs, applications, and other important media files (music, movies, photos, videos, etc.) and data files that your PC uses.
Before we get into ways to recover lost files from a hard drive, let’s discuss the types of issues that most people have with hard drives. There are so many things that can cause hard drive issues, but they can typically be broken down into two main categories.
- Logical Damage
Logical damage hard drive issues occur when something is wrong with the way data is being stored and retrieved from your system in a non-mechanical way. In most cases, it indicates something wrong with software issues, driver issues, malware, corrupted data, etc.
If your hard drive is dealing with logical damage, your system most likely still functions, but there are accessibility issues with your HDD data. The good news is that if your hard drive has suffered logical damage, files can still be recovered with the help of data recovery software.
- Physical Damage
The other category that hard drive issues fall into is called physical damage, and it is exactly what it sounds like. It deals with any physical hard drive issues that may be affecting the way your hard drive functions. An undamaged and functioning hard drive uses magnetism to store data with rotating platters that are coated with magnetic material, which are divided into tiny parts within the hard drive. The platters are typically paired with magnetic heads and arranged on a moving actuator arm which reads and writes data to the platter surfaces. If your hard drive suffers any type of physical damage, motor damage, or environmental damage, it is likely the reason why you can’t access files on your hard drive.
Generally speaking, these types of issues are often made noticeable by clicking sounds and other loud, irregular noises. If there is physical damage to your hard drive, it will most likely need to be repaired before you can utilize data recovery software to retrieve files on the hard drive.