My hard drive froze during an operation and now it’s not recognized by any
computer I’ve turned it on and it doesn’t stay on for long when I plug it in. It
spins up, making a repetitive spin up sound and goes to sleep and shuts off
after a couple of seconds. What’s wrong with it? Thank you very much!
In this excerpt from
Answercast #19, I look at another hard drive that suddenly stopped working.
There may be only one good solution.
Frozen hard drive
There’s really not much more I can say about it. When you get that kind of a clear indication, where the drive can’t keep itself spinning, then there is something definitely wrong with the drive itself.
Hardware can break. It’s just the nature of the beast. Hard drives in particular are perhaps one of the most common (or at least the most serious) breakages that can happen.
So, in a case like this… this is why we back up. This is why we have backups.
- In a case like this, replace the drive. Restore from your most recent backup and get on with your life.
Now, of course, unfortunately what that really means is that many people don’t have the backup to restore to. Obviously, I’m not trying to be particularly mean here, but I hope you’ll learn from that lesson and start backing up because this will happen again.
This is one of those valuable, valuable educational points.
If the data on that hard drive is only on that hard drive (in other words, it’s not been backed up anywhere and it’s valuable enough), don’t do anything more with the hard drive!
- Locate a data recovery service in your area or perhaps a data recovery service that you can send this disk off to.
I will warn you that they will not be cheap. We’re talking thousands of dollars here, last I heard, to do the kind of data recovery that may be required to extract the data from that hard drive, given the symptoms that you’ve just described.
Hopefully, you’ve got a backup you can go back to.
If not, hopefully, the data is replaceable.
If not, I think you’re looking at a fairly expensive data recovery operation.
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