> Clunking / other strange hard drive noises
Strange noises are a sure sign of physical damage to your hard drive.
Stop using the drive immediately. Do NOT attempt recovery yourself,
you will almost always only cause more damage! Call us or click
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You know how your hard drive has always sounded in the past, and
now it’s making a very different noise--a clicking hard drive.
Sometimes, the reason is obvious; such as impact damage or problems
following a disaster, but these noises are unfortunately a relatively
common problem that can occur simply due to wear on the fast moving
parts of your drive.
Usually, you will notice immediate trouble in accessing files.
Sometimes, however, you may not be experiencing any software or
data problems while you hear the clicking or clunking hard drive
noises, but every second the hard drive is allowed to operate, the
threat of severe data loss increases.
The Bad News
This problem is always an indication of failing or failed hard drive
components, usually the read/write head mechanism. When the read/write
heads begin to fail, a very common result is platter scoring, something
that must be avoided at all cost. Platter scoring is the worst damage
that can be done to your hard drive, as it is the physical destruction
of your data. Hard drive platters can spin at 5200-15000 rpm depending
on the model, and the heads normally rest just 2 millionths of an
inch above the platter, but never should touch. If the head mechanism
is failing and physically touching the platter while the hard drive
is spinning at such speeds, you can understand the potential severity
of the problem as the heads literally scratch and rake your data
right off the platter. The tiny particles of magnetic material and/or
alloy protective coat that are scratched off the platter’s
surface by the heads can then cause additional damage as they fly
around and scratch the platter themselves.
The Good News
In almost all of these cases, IT Data Recovery can still recover
most or all of your data.
The faster you shut down your computer and stop using the failing
drive, the less damage you allow to occur. Any extra use severely
compromises your data’s safety. The earlier you catch this
problem, the greater your chances are for a full recovery.
Sometimes the problem has progressed to the point where there is
already severe platter scoring. Unfortunately, severe platter scoring
can happen in seconds, but using our methods we can almost always
recover the data that has not been physically turned to dust from
the damaged platter. Usually, platter scoring will have destroyed
only a small portion of your data while the remaining data is still
intact and accessible using our methods and equipment. Attempting
to recover data yourself when there is physical damage to your hard
drive will only increase the damage to the drive. This is a job
that only a professional can accomplish successfully.
The key to safely recovering and preserving your data in these cases
is to immediately shut down your computer to prevent any further
damage, and call us or click START
MY RECOVERY. After shut down, we ask that you send the drive
to us for our free evaluation and estimate, and for our professional
and affordable services.
IT Data Recovery is one of the top data recovery companies, specializing
in RAID Data Recovery Services and Hard Disk Data Recovery Services.