There’s not really any adequate words for a major computer crash. A repetitive beeping, followed by a computer that just won’t work is about all the average user gets to know about the situation. It’s a more than scary experience, and it also introduces unenthusiastic computer users to some very difficult concepts, like hard drive recovery.
If you’ve ever had the experience of having ten years work lost as a result of a hard drive crash without an external memory backup, you’ll know what “shock” really means. The problem is that being in a state of shock doesn’t solve anything, and you have to get busy with undoing the damage.
The first thing to do is to get in touch with your computer service people, immediately. In some cases hard drives can be saved with some pretty amazing work, but in others the situation is more serious and recovery is tricky. The trip to the service center will also identify the issues affecting your computer.
Some hard drive situations are comparatively easy to fix. Others need full service, and that involves time and money. After you’ve had the hard drive checked, you will at least have some clearer options available.
Hard Drive Recovery
There’s a very long list of possible reasons for hard drive failure, some mechanical, some physical damage-related, others based on operational system problems or accidental.
The good news is that these types of failure don’t necessarily damage much data. Data recovery is quite possible, so don’t assume the world has ended. Specialist data recovery services are quite likely to be able to retrieve data efficiently, so the problem may be more infuriating than anything else.
Hard drive recovery does cost money, but bearing in mind the value of the materials, it’s money well spent. The hard drive issues can also be solved, and you can have everything back in working order quite quickly.
RAID Data Recovery
RAID data recovery is more complex than the basic hard drive recovery methods. RAID is a configured array of storage, and it’s significantly more complex. Although popular for its capacity, it needs attention when errors start to appear. There are also different type of RAID, from RAID 0 upwards, and each involves a separate approach.
Online data recovery is recommended by some experts as cheaper, which may be the case in some instances. However, misplaced optimism doesn’t recover data, particularly in difficult or unusual situations where standard recovery methods may not work. It may be advisable to make a value call on the importance of the data, and pay for the extra services.
External memory backups are definitely the simplest option. Even if you’re not keen on another gizmo attached to your computer and taking up one of your USB ports, the amount of trouble they can save makes them a good cost effective alternative.
One basic tip which will work in any situation: Never ignore odd sounds, smells or computer behavior. There could be a preventable problem you can avoid entirely.