Laptop Hard Drive Symptoms Leading to a Crash:
Has your laptop hard drive recently started making strange noises as though it is trying to work too hard? Does it sound as though there is something loose inside trying to find its way out? Do you find that response times between the request to open a file and it actually opening have slowed down? If any of these things are problems you are experiencing then it is quite possible that your hard drive is in the throes of a failure.
Laptop Hard Drive Warning Signs Before a Fail:
Not all hard drives simply fail. Some of them degrade over time and this can manifest itself through the continual rebooting of the machine, the displaying of error messages under the infamous ‘Blue Screen of Death’ or reporting that it is unable to find particular files and asking you to select a drive to boot from. We recommend that you power down your laptop and contact us here at Newcastle Data Recovery as these are the proverbial shots across the bow warning you that your hard drive is nearing the end of its lifespan; perhaps earlier than anticipated.
Laptop Hard Drive Printed Circuit Boards and Their Reasons for Malfunction:
The PCB on a laptop hard drive, just like on the internal drive of a desktop PC, is there to allow for the passing of information through the ribbon cables from the motherboard (via the memory) to the hard drive so that it can be saved on the platters that are constantly rotating inside (this is the sound you hear when the drive is working normally). This small but important circuitry can develop problems of its own if the laptop has sustained some kind of a knock or has been dropped or has been introduced in some way to liquid that it would not normally come into contact with. Where a knock or dropping of the machine is concerned you may be lucky enough that the capacitors and chips on the PCB are not damaged but because the circuits in between are created using lines of solder they can crack and create what is known as a dry joint. This dry joint is effectively a break in the circuit and does not allow information to pass in either direction
Laptop Hard Drives and Possible Firmware Issues:
As many users of laptops are now qualified IT personnel they may not know about the existence of a small but vital program called Firmware. This program is something that is contained on all devices that perform a set series of tasks over and over again. Your mobile telephone contains firmware as does your digital watch or DVD player. Firmware may become corrupted if there has been damage caused to the PCB of the drive and likewise if a strong electrical current has been passed through the device If your hard drive sounds as though it is working but is not accessible through the operating system then it may be because the firmware has been damaged. We at Newcastle Data Recovery can recover your data without the use of this firmware so please do contact us.
Laptop Hard Drive and Operating System Conflicts:
All laptops have an operating system whether it be Windows-based or Mac-based. These operating systems can sometimes clash with your hardware if there are problems with the firmware, hardware issues or if the drivers or DLL files (Dynamic Link Library files in the case of Windows) are damaged or corrupt. You may also find that the operating system will conflict with your hardware if the device itself is sporting bad sectors or clusters and this is never more evident after a defragmentation is completed. Using defrag moves all the information from various points across the hard drive and places it all in what can be best described as single file. However in doing so the process can highlight bad sectors on which important files used by the operating system are located thus rendering them useless and leading to possible conflicts if said files relate to how the operating system works in conjunction with the hard drive.