Apr 302015

Your hard drive never seems to fail at a good time. Usually, you’re up to your eyeballs in work and the last thing you need is a broken computer.

Alas, Murphy and his Law are always looking for opportunities like these. In the event that your hard drive fails, it’s important to get your head straight and go into problem solving mode.

To help you out, here are four tips to help you deal with a hard drive failure from this provider.


Mac's classic question mark is a good sign of hard drive failure.

Mac’s classic question mark is a good sign of hard drive failure.

OK, so your computer is obviously dead, right? But are you sure it’s the hard drive to blame? When diagnosing your machine, look for some of the common hard drive failure symptoms.

A big indicator of drive issues is that infamous clicking sound. If your hard drive is making a clicking noise, there’s something seriously wrong with it. Take it somewhere where the employees are all level 80 warlocks in an online game. You’re going to need their real-world expertise.

Another indicator of hard drive failure is if your machine turns on, but won’t get past a certain point. On a Mac you’ll likely see a folder with a question mark. PCs tend to tell you there’s no disk in the machine. Either way, if your computer is booting to some extent, it’s probably something to do with the drive. However, if your computer won’t even turn on, this is likely a very different (and often more severe) issue. Seek help to recover the data, particularly a data recovery service that is equipped to deal with emergency hard drive recovery like Hard Drive Recovery Group.

Do not, at the first sign of trouble, unplug your machine and run to the nearest computer repair store. Showing up with nothing but a broken machine and hopeful look on your face is only going to end in pain.

It is always a good idea to bring your back ups with you no matter what you think the problem is. Without a back up your technician will be forced to restore your data from the damaged hard drive in your machine. Hard drive recovery can be costly. Especially if your drive is significantly damaged.

This assumes you have a back up. If you don’t, make one. Right now.

If you don’t have a back up (*sigh*), you will have to get the hard drive restored. To get all your movies, music, and Justin Bieber photos back you’re going to need some kind of hard drive recovery service.

As mentioned above, this is expensive. What’s more, hard drive recovery is not a two minute process. It takes a lot time. More so if your hard drive is completely pooched. Look for a temporary solution to tide you over.

If you want to get right back to work, buy a new hard drive when you bring your machine in. Ask to have it installed in your computer with the Operating System. You won’t have your old data, but at least you can email your boss and check Facebook while you wait. With a little negotiation, most shops will actually do the installation for free.

OK. You got your data back, you’re over the moon, you can’t wait to get back on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/) and contribute to a flame war. Isn’t it just great to be you?

Before you get too excited, now is a good time to think about the future. This stuff happens. The sun rises in the East, what goes up must come down, and hard drives will eventually fail. It’s just an immutable law of the universe.

If you scraped by this time because your drive was still readable, don’t count on always being so lucky. Set up a back up system. Otherwise, the next time this happens you may lose your mind along with all your critical data.

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