Hard Drive Data Loss

Logical Data Recoveries

Hard Drive Data LossThere are several ways one can experience a hard drive data loss. The most common one is accidental deletion i.e. data was deleted that shouldn’t have been removed (yet). A variation of this is the accidental reformat, where the wrong drive or partition gets its table of contents wiped so that it appears empty and can be repurposed.

Then, of course, there is file or file system corruption, typically caused when the OS crashes, or in worse cases, when malicious software (malware) was installed on a system and caused havoc and corrupted or deleted data. Under no circumstances should new data be written to the drive. Otherwise, data that needs to be recovered could be overwritten and, therefore, lost for good.

Regarding recovery, these situations are called logical recoveries, because the data loss is related to software vs. the physical integrity of the drive. When such a situation has occurred, it is imperative to stop using the drive in question and either go back to a known good backup or use data recovery to salvage the data that doesn’t exist anywhere else.

Physical Failures

A different case of a hard drive data loss (that is less frequent but much more severe) is when the drive starts to exhibit physical failures that prevent it from working correctly. Often these drive failures are accompanied by unusual sounds, like beeping, clicking or grinding noises. They might also exhibit questionable behavior like disappearing and reappearing on the desktop for no apparent reason.

These recoveries are called physical recoveries, as the only way to get access to the data is to fix the physical problems first, before attempts can be made to recover the data. Physical recoveries require a clean room environment and specialized hardware tools, in addition to the software tools needed to recover the data.


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