Although many articles about data recovery have been published on IT websites and new services, a high percentage of computer users do not realise that a hard disk drive will at some point fail. It is alarming how often there are warning signs of an imminent failure are ignored by the user, which can result in a critical loss of data.
Although S.M.A.R.T. data has been used in hard disk drives for a long time, there have been many incidences of hard disk failure where no indication of the failure is returned by the drive until a catastrophic failure occurs. Since many cases now feature soundproofing, making them almost silent, any noises made by the drive which could indicate a failure may now go unheard.
The operating system crashing is often the first indication of an impending failure, but all too readily ignored as being a random issue. If the operating system takes a long time to boot up or applications and files are slow to load, it may indicate a problem with the drive. If damage has occurred to the drive, it is important that you do not continue to use it, instead it is advisable to seek help from a professional data recovery company.
With many users not realising that a hard disk drive will fail, they all too often do not perform any kind of data backup. Even some users who know that hard disks fail, will also be lazy about backing data up, believing that a failure won’t happen soon. Although this approach works most of the time does not cause an issue, once a failure does occur, it can result in a significant loss of critical data, which may put the continuity of your business at risk.
This gung-ho approach or sheer laziness will eventually result in the data recovery being required to recover important files from a failed hard disk drive. If this happens, you should not be tempted by a wide range of do-it-yourself options, which could result in a catastrophic failure, which in the cases may lead to a total loss of data. Even if it doesn’t result in complete loss of data, such actions are highly likely to increase the complexity of the data recovery process.