Hard Disk Failure Top 5 Reasons – Windows Data Recovery

reasons for hard disk failureHard disk failure is the most difficult circumstance a computer user can ever confront. This may bring about data loss situation. Being an imperative part of the computer, hard disk failure can bring about extreme issues. You can’t use a computer system if it doesn’t have a hard disk. Indeed, even an invalid or corrupt hard disk can bring about inaccessibility. Before going further, let’s first discuss hard disk and its significance.

Hard Disk Drive (HDD): Hard disk is an essential device that can store a very large amount of data and information, and give you quick access to them. It works as the principal storage media device of a computer system. All your data which are stored on the hard drive, stay in it regardless of the fact that the system is turned off.

Importance of Hard Disk

  • The hard drive allows your computer system to start. Without a hard drive, a computer system fails to boot up.
  • Because of the hard drive, a computer system can store all your data and information safely.
  • All the functions and actions of your computer depend on its hard disk. Without a hard disk, a computer system fails to work or function.

Now let’s discuss crash or damage in a hard disk that makes it inaccessible. Once in a while, people get mistook for operating system crash and hard disk crash. Both are not same at all! In fact, there’s a contrast between them. Operating system crash happens because of logical failure, it doesn’t matter which operating system you’re using, i.e. Windows, Mac or Linux. On the other hand, hard disk crash happens because of physical failure. In both these circumstances, you just can’t access your information though it’s still available there in the hard disk.

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reasons for hard disk failure

Determine Hard Disk Failure

To begin with, you have to decide the factor of hard disk failure, i.e. logical failure or physical failure, which causes the crash in your computer machine. At whatever point a system gets crashed down, it basically gets to be not able to boot to the operating system. Error messages can help you know the cause of the crash, i.e. either logical or physical. As physical failure causes a crash in system hard disk, you have to think about it. On the off chance that your computer machine doesn’t boot and you get a few hints of clicking, grinding or whirring noise, this implies the accident in brought about because of the physical failure. Until unless the genuine cause is resolved, neither boot your computer system nor reload the operating system.

Users can also read this blog post FAT Data Recovery through FAT Recovery Software

Reasons for Hard Disk Failure

There are several reasons which may cause hard disk failure, ranging from manufacturer’s fault to human errors.

Manufacturer’s Fault

manufacturer-faultYou purchase a brand new hard disk from a well-known hard disk manufacturer. After a few days of purchasing, your hard disk stops working. You get a crash on your hard disk. It sounds unusual, but this can happen if there’s any manufacturer’s fault in it. Usually, what happens, vendors deliver or sells hard disks to their customers without proper testing or examining. 

Check for the symptoms given below:

  • Your computer system fails to detect or recognize the hard disk.
  • You computer system fails to boot or it hangs while the booting process is running.

Solution: If your hard disk gets crashed down due to manufacturer’s fault, you must contact the manufacturer or the person from whom you purchased the hard disk. You may also need to contact the Customer Care Center for hard disk replacement. You’ll get a replacement for your faulty hard disk. But this time make sure the hard disk is properly checked or examined before you get it. Though you’ll get a new hard disk, but you’ll lose all your data previously stored in the faulty hard disk. The hard disk manufacturer will not be liable to recover your data from the faulty hard disk


Overheating

overheating

Overheating in your hard disk is one of the most common reasons behind hard disk failure. The situation of hard disk crash due to overheating occurs frequently. Improper maintenance of your system, poor quality of cabinet box, faulty CPU fans, etc. can cause overheating in your system hard disk. Sometimes high power supply can also cause overheating in your system and can affect your hard disk.

Check for the symptoms given below:

  • Your CPU fans are moving very slowly or not moving at all.
  • You find that some clicking sounds and other unexpected noises are arising from your system while booting.

Solution: If overheating is the cause of your hard disk crash, you need to check the fans in your cabinet. They must be working in a good condition. Faulty CPU fans cause overheating, so avoid them. Don’t forget to give proper maintenance to your computer system in a regular manner. Always use a good quality of cabinet box that contains enough fans for proper cooling of your computer system. Using SMART (Self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology) tools are highly recommended.


Unexpected Power Failure

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Unexpected power failure can cause minor or sometimes serious damage to your system hard disk, and result in hard disk failure. Sometimes low or high power supply can cause your system be turned off in an unexpected manner. This mostly happens if you’re not using a UPS or using a poor quality UPS device. Poor quality UPS may not be able to provide the required power supply to the computer system.

Check for the symptoms below:

  • Your system BIOS (Basic Input Output System) fails to detect your system hard disk.
  • Your system hard disk becomes unable to spin.

Solution: Make sure there is no interruption between your computer system and main power supply. Check whether your computer machine is getting the required power supply or not.

Always use a UPS device with your computer system that provides power backup to your system in the event of sudden power failure.


Mechanical Failure

mechanical-failureMechanical failure in your hard disk drive usually occurs due to some internal causes which include bad sectors in hard disk, spindle motor fails to perform rotation, power supply issues, and many others. An old hard disk may cause many critical issues and problems, or if you have formatted the hard disk more than the specified limit, your hard disk might be in severe danger.

Check for the symptoms given below:

  • Your hard disk drive starts making click sounds.
  • You can’t view the files and folders in your computer system.

Solution: To avoid mechanical failure from hard disk, make sure you update your computer system in a regular manner. Use an Antivirus program to scan your computer system for viruses and don’t forget to update it time by time. Never let your hard disk be old enough, i.e. replace your system hard disk after 3-4 years even if the hard disk is in good condition.


Corrupt/Invalid Data

invalid-corrupt-dataYour computer data can become corrupt or invalid due to various reasons, such as abnormal system shutdownaccidental cancellation of running program, use of untrustworthy malware or freeware programs, frequent power failure, virus infection/attacks, many others. Any of these reasons can play an important role in corruption. And after that, your hard disk becomes unstable and starts functioning in a proper manner.

Check for the symptoms given below:

  • You can’t open or access your files and folders saved on your computer.
  • Your operating system fails to boot.

Solution: Never ever turn off your PC in an abnormal manner. Always use the specified way to shut down the computer system. Don’t make haste to closing the running application or programs. Give the required time to programs to get properly canceled. Avoid installing the applications which are downloaded from the untrustworthy source.


Human Errors

human-errorHuman error means the mistakes done by a human which can cause serious damage to the system and its hard drive. Such mistakes include modification in the registry files of the system, alteration in files’ attributes of the system and many others. Sometimes an unauthorized person can access your computer and make it faulty or damage. You must consider human error one of the main causes of data loss or corruption. 

The symptoms of human errors can’t be explained. 

Solution: You can avoid human errors by following some simple things which include: avoid any type of unwanted modification/alteration to the system files, avoid formatting the hard disk more than its specified limit, never let any unauthorize person to use your computer in your absence or even in presence.


Professional Recovery Solution

Above are the most common reasons behind hard disk failure. Finally, the question is “how to recover data from a crashed hard drive”. Do you have any fix for it? Generally, people recommend data recovery services at the time of hard disk failure. You have two options here: either you can hire data recovery experts for recovering your data from corrupt hard disk, or you can just do it by yourself. There are many software vendors in the market which provide professional tools for Windows data recovery. SysInfoTools Software is one of them, a trustworthy name in the market for providing Windows utilities for different purposes like data recovery, email management, and email migration. You can try its amazing Windows Data Recovery software that can recover corrupt, lost as well as deleted data from hard disk drives with ease.

Why choose this software?

Just have a quick look at the key features given below:

  • Support recovery from corrupt hard disk drives containing NTFS (New Technology File System) and FAT (File Allocation Table) file systems;
  • Support both partition table formats: MBR (Master Boot Record) and GPT (GUID Partition Table);
  • Multiple recovery modes for handling different level of corruption, i.e. Standard Advanced for recovering data from FAT file system, and Standard, AdvancedDeep for recovering data from NTFS file system;
  • Smart preview of recovered data in a tree-structure mode;
  • Auto-search feature for searching particular files or types in the tree structure;
  • Free evaluation of the software before purchasing its licensed version.

Important note: Before purchasing licensed version, I would recommend users to first download free demo version of this software. By using demo version, you can see what you could recover from the hard disk drive and its volumes before you can actually pay for the software.

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16 Replies to “Hard Disk Failure Top 5 Reasons – Windows Data Recovery”

  1. Hi, could you please help me with this issue i am having with the hdd on my desktop……
    My pc started to show a “Disk boot failure” message very time I turned it on and it would boot after pressing reset for a few times. So I started to check the bios at the first boot and saw that the hdd was not there but it comes up resetting. As the other products was under warranty so I replaced the motherboard, ram, hdd and smps from the respective service centers and got new ones and after instaliing the new parts it worked fine for 3 days and all of a sudden the same started to happen from the fourth day…..am unable to detect the faulty device which I sill think is the hdd….
    It would be very helpful if you provide some ways to see trough the problem….

    Thank you.

    1. It seems you are right. The fault is in your hard disk drive, but however I’m not sure with that. Do one thing. Get another hard disk and connect it to your PC. Make sure your older hard disk has been taken out from the system. See if again the problem takes place or not.

      And give me a little time to work for your issue.

      Thanks.

  2. I am not sure where you’re getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for excellent info I was looking for this info for my mission.

  3. Most of what you say is true, but saying that the data is unrecoverable is a straight up lie. Unless the HDD is completely destroyed inside, then there is still hope. My Windows became currupt due to a faulty HDD, but with the use of Linux (hopefully you dont have ichy ears) on a USB, i was able to recover every bit of my data with no problem. Not sure how many people here can fathom the capabilities of Linux, but it can be booted on almost any computer and repair a lot with the know how, but if you just want to recover data off of Mr. Almighty Windows due to its common failiure, Linux is the way.

  4. HI
    CAN YOU HELP ME, MY COMPUTER IS NOT RESTARTING, AFTER HDD PASSWORD IT WRITE A MASSEGE:
    ( CVJUS IS MISSING)
    (PRESS CTRL + ALT + DELECT)
    AND KEEP DOING THIS EVEN THAT ACTION IS PERFORM.

  5. My PC is always restarting and hard disk is overheating. Is that mean my any device (motherboard, processor, HDD…) is damaged or something?
    Plzz tell me.

    1. How do you know that your hard disk is overheating? This is one of the most common reasons for hard disk crash or failure. Make sure the fans are working properly. Do one more thing, check the ventilation on your system. Make sure that there is no dust inside your cabinet (aka CPU box). I think overheating of the hard disk is the only reason for your problem.

      Thanks.

  6. hello…nice article :)….so my story….I spilled Monster on my Mac’s keyboard and I didn’t shut it down immediately… as a result of that, my mac is much slower and the fan is working at its highest speed a little bit later I start the laptop until I shut it down…. my program like GarageBand will lag and will notify me that the system is overloaded…I’ve been looking tge answer to my problem for a long time…..can you plz help me figure out what the problem is and how can I solve it? Ps.Everything else is fine and i dont hear any weird sounds from my hard disk….Thank you…

  7. A well documented blog. Thank you.

    My recurring daily problem is that after booting up my PC (using windows 7) I receive very long delays accessing my documents and files. Sometimes the screen will freeze and other times the file will open but I will suffer further delay preventing me working on the files. The same problem will occur when I log on to the Internet. On occasions I receive notification that the programme I’m seeking to access is ‘not responding’.

    More recently I have incurred crashes, black screen syndrome and the PC reverting back to desk top screen without prompting.

    If I turn off the PC correctly always ensuring all files are closed down and then restart after 5 or 10 minutes the problem can happen again or the problem can disappear and I am able to skip between files and Internet with delay or concern.

    I should point out the files are not excessive / large nor do they contain large multi media content.

    Any suggestions please

    Matthew

  8. My sony vaio shows a vaio screen and then a blinking curson on the left and then it shuts down. This happens again and again. I have tried tapping F8 but it didnt help. There is no booting option coming. Internal device booting is also not functioning? What may be the reason?

    1. Dear Riya,

      I think your hard disk is corrupt. This is the only reason why the internal booting device is not functioning. Contact to Sony service centre as soon as possible if your laptop is under warranty.

      Thanks and best regards.