Unresponsive laptop hard drive:
Laptops are now the latest thins when it comes to how we compute. Along with tablets the laptop has revolutionised the way in which we carry out certain tasks and also revolutionised how we move around and take our computing power with us. With this new found freedom however comes risks inherent with damage to the laptop and as such one should take as much care as possible when moving from A to B. However even when you don’t move a laptop and simply have it on your desk at home or in the office problems can arise and we at Belfast Data Recovery are more than capable of helping recover data from a corrupt or no longer functioning drive. Unresponsive drives can be so for a variety of reasons; component failure, moving part failure, firmware issues, power surges.
Laptop hard drive I/O Errors:
At Belfast Data Recovery we are fully conversant when it comes to dealing with hard drives in desktop PCs and laptops that suffer I/O errors. An I/O error – or input output error – occurs when the hard drive can no longer sustain its capability to send information to the drive or read it from the drive. This may be caused by faulty moving components or parts or because of issues with the firmware or PCB (printed circuit board). You will know pretty much straight away if your laptop drive is suffering from an I/O error because your operating system (OS or Windows) will display dialogue boxes telling you that you cannot save to your drive. If this is something you are encountering then it is time to call in the experts at Belfast Data Recovery who can help recover the data from a drive suffering from I/O errors.
Laptop PCB Failure:
What is a PCB? Simply put a PCB (printed circuit board) is a small circuit board attached to the hard drive in either your laptop, computer or NAS (Network Assisted Storage) device that passes information to and from the computer telling it how to react with the hard drive. You might say it is like the pilot who steers the drive in the right direction when the process of writing or reading information is initialised. These PCBs are thin and fragile and can be damaged by too much moving around, excessive heat, general fatigue or because of excess power being thrust at them. Power surges and power outages can be a contributing factor when it comes to the failure of a PCB. As too can firmware (See below)
Laptop hard drive and problems with Firmware:
Firmware is like a miniature operating system that tells you computer’s hard drive what to do and how to do it. It passes on information on platter and head spinning speed, how many revolutions per minute are necessary, how much power is used and so on. Firmware also dictates how a hard drive in a laptop is recognised in conjunction with the computer itself and how it is rendered. For example if you had two drives in your computer then the firmware would determine (in conjunction with the computer’s operating system) in what order the drive was read. Firmware issues are common and sometimes it is not possible to update or reinstall firmware so data recovery is necessary. Contact us here at Belfast Data Recovery if your hard drive has failed; it may be a firmware issue.
Disabled HDDs brought about by a freeze:
Have you been using your computer lately and it has become unresponsive? Have you experienced what is commonly known as the ‘Blue Screen of Death’ (BSOD)? If you have then you may have the first symptoms of a hard drive about to fail. These problems occur when the operating system discovers issues with the drive but struggles with ways in which to deal with them. Simply the operating system shuts itself down or ‘hangs’ rather than try to read or write any more data to the drive. Upon restart you might well find that the drive is no longer recognised or accessible and if this is the case then we recommend you contact us here at Belfast Data Recovery.