There is no mistaking the warning signs of your hard drive crashing, from the clicks, whirs, and grinding noises that signal something is wrong. This assumes you are lucky enough to have a warning since many crashes come out of the blue. If your hard drive does crash, it will be based on one of two different sources, logical or physical. A logical crash is usually software oriented when data cannot be read and is usually correctable with the right program. A physical crash is when a part of your hard drive breaks which means that you will need to take it to a computer repair or data recovery shop. In either case, there are seven things that you should never do in case your hard drive crashes. No Backup: You need to backup your data, preferably on two different sources in case the worst should occur. An external or flash drive works, but you’ll also want cloud backup in case that fails or is destroyed.
\Going Beyond Your Capabilities: While some logical hard drive crashes can be fixed by downloading a software recovery program, chances are that you will face a situation that is beyond your knowledge, experience, and capabilities. For example, opening a hard drive requires the room to be clean, so no internal components are damaged. So, recognize when you are in over your head and take it to a proper repair shop.
Saving Data Back to the Affected Drive: This happens more often than it should. If you have managed to recover the data, you should first save it to another drive or perhaps on a cloud storage system. Saving it back to the damage drive may only mean that it gets lost again. Wait until you have Getting into a Hurry: If you have not backed up the data on your hard drive and it crashes, there will be the temptation to fix it as fast as possible. Getting into a rush is not only unnecessary, but may cause further damage to your computer. Instead, simply shut it off, remove the media cards, flash drives, and other exterior drives, and think before you take your next action. Formatting: You may receive an error message that instructs you to format the drive. Under no circumstances should you format the drive because that will erase all the data. Keep in mind that many error messages are generic in nature and can be quite misleading, so do not format the drive. Errors in RAID: Standing for Redundant Array of Independent Disks, if there are errors in the RAID, then you probably need a specialist to recover all the data. This is because RAID backs up the drive and if it is faulty, then proceeding without addressing it may cause even more issues. Create New Partitions: While deleting partitions does not remove the data, it does make it inaccessible.
This can occur if you are trying to re-establish partitions that may have been lost or accidentally deleted. So, do no try to create new partitions as that might make your data inaccessible and even overwrite existing files. By avoiding these no no’s, you can improve your chances of getting back data after a hard drive crash.