How to Recover Data When Your Hard Drive Fails

 | Posted by Kate Upton

A hard drive failure on your desktop computer or laptop can be devastating, as well as outright frightening. You may wonder if you will ever be able to recover all of your most important files and data. Thankfully, though, there are ways to recover your data even when your hard drive fails and all hope seems lost. Keep reading to learn how.

Locate Professionals Who Can Help

The very best way to recover your data whenever you encounter a hard drive failure is by leaving it up to the professionals. A lot of people attempt to recover their files on their own, only to fail miserably and do a lot more damage in the process. However, by locating hard drive data recovery professional services, you can rest easy, knowing that you are giving your device over to people who have the tools—as well as the super clean environment—necessary to open and examine your hard drive and recover its components.

Use Software to Make a Clone

Another option would be to make a clone of your hard drive with the right software. The first thing you need to do is shut down the computer that is connected to your drive, as doing so will prevent it from overwriting data on the drive. Then you will be able to make a copy of the drive and use that copy to recover the data that you need. You can find free recovery programs, as well as those that you need to pay for, but a couple of the best options are Zero Assumption Recovery and Recuva. More on how to clone your drive below.

Copy Your Data to Another Drive

As mentioned above, you should make a clone of your drive before attempting to recover your data from it. Unless you are working with an external hard drive, you can remove your hard drive from your computer and connect it to another in the form of a secondary drive. Purchase a USB to IDE/SATA adapter to do this in an easy manner. Then, once everything is connected, you can check if you are able to see the contents of your drive. If so, you might be able to copy your data from that drive on to the computer that you are using. But if you are unable to copy your data, you could instead try to use data recovery software. Just make sure that you do not install that software onto your crashed drive because you could end up overwriting the very files that you are trying to save.

With these data recovery strategies, you can potentially manage to grab your data from your hard drive if it ever ends up failing. Again, it is always best to leave this type of work up to the pros, but if you are in a pinch or you can’t locate any local pros, there are some things that you can try on your own. Good luck!

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