Laptop computers are becoming more popular these days. The smaller size and portability makes them the perfect computer for many families. When coupled with a wireless network, the laptop can be moved from the kitchen table to the living room couch very easily. This author even uses his laptop to work on writing assignments in the side yard, using the old picnic table for a desk in this outdoor office.

While the desktop computer is the workhorse of computing, the laptop continues to grow in popularity. I use a desktop for all of my “heavy lifting,” but the laptop is a constant companion on the road. To be sure, the portability of the laptop offers many advantages; it also is the source of several problems as well. Accidental, unintentional abuse frequently renders data inaccessible.

Because of its slender configuration, many people forget or do not understand that spinning platters and moving read/write heads still make up the most common laptop hard drives. Solid-state drives are more rugged and less susceptible to bumps and bruises, but the cost of the drive in relationship to size makes it too expensive for casual users’ machines. Therefore, most computers still use the more common platter-style drive.

The Data Rescue Center, a data recovery specialist based in Livermore, California, recovers data from hard drives that have been damaged by dropping or other inadvertent abuse. When a laptop is dropped, physical damage is likely. Notebook data recovery should be performed by a qualified data recovery service, such as The Data Rescue Center.