How to handle damaged hard drives

Hard drives have the potential to have system failures and malfunctions. It’s difficult to predict any issues which may occur. However, it’s equally important to be prepared and know how to handle the situation. Hard drive damage is where there is a malfunction in the disk. Additionally, the malfunction usually means the system is not able to finish writing data. As well as, there may be trouble accessing certain segments in a file.

The most common causes of hard drive damage include virus damage, malfunctioning antivirus software, software failures, and more. While it is more common for there to be an internal problem, there can also be physical issues as well. Physical conditions and hard disk stress can contribute to system failure.

What Are the Signs of a Physically Damaged Hard Drive

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There are many different signals which may indicate your hard drive is injured, those include:

  • Clicking or Whirring Sounds
  • Failure to Mount or Recognize
  • Frequent File Corruption Errors
  • Frequent Crashes and Slow File Access Speeds
  • Missing Files or Folders
  • Bad Sector Error Messages
  • Incorrect HDD Information in BIOS

It’s important to look out for the signals, so you can properly handle the hard drives. After the damage, you can go through the recovery process in order to preserve the information stored on the drives.

How to Handle Physically Damaged Hard Drives

It’s critical to know how to handle a damaged hard drive. Proper care helps ensure the recovery process can still happen. There are certain steps you can take to prevent further loss or damage as well. In addition, depending on the type of failure, the information can potentially be recovered.

Running file utilities can often times increase the media damage. This is because it’s trying to overwrite its natural tendencies which can cause direct damage to the platters. Additionally, this can interfere with the recovery process. Also, running software and replacing damaged components can interfere with the recovery process and cause further damage. It’s best to shut down the drive as soon as you experience symptoms.

When a hard disk is damaged, the information can still be recovered in the future. Another approach to data safety is hard drive destruction. This is where hard drives go through a shredding process. Hard drive shredding is the only way to sure the proper destruction of a drive and eliminate any future potential of data exposure.

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Hard drive destruction is a secure way to destroy the information stored on the drives. Additionally, it’s one of the only ways to ensure complete destruction of the data.

After deciding on a hard drive destruction provider, our partner companies can come to you to pick up materials and devices for your convenience. However, you can ship them to the secure shredding facility as well.

After collecting the hard drives, they’re shred using industrial shredders. In addition, all locations are compliant with EPA and state hazardous waste laws and regulations.

Once the destruction process is complete, the provider will send a certificate of destruction. This lays out the chain of custody during the process. Services are also compliant to laws and regulations, including HIPAA and FACTA. After shredding, the tiny bits are recycled, so the materials can be used for future new devices.

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After recovering the information, it’s still important to destroy the hard drive. Hard drive destruction services helps reduce the risk of further exposure.

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