Firstly, there are many ways a hard drive can crash. The point of a hard drive is storage, and if a crash occurs there is a chance of losing everything on your computer. Whether it’s a PC or Mac, hard disks work the same way. The difference is the size or how much storage it can carry. A crash can occur through many ways such as worn out circuitry, misuse, a virus or malfunction. Although a hard disk is designed to die after a long time of usage, the life of the drive can decrease if mishandled, over used or if there is a wiring fault where the head and logic board are connected. When disasters such as these happen, the way to solve the problem is to rescue the drive’s data.
Another component to a hard drive disaster is what tools are needed to recover it. If the drive crashes and all data is lost you need a data recovery software in order to retrieve the lost data back. The amount of recovery all depends on the computer usage after the hard drive crash and the definite file system damage. One can try to recover data from a crashed hard drive at home, but this requires careful steps and further damage can be added if a small mistake is made. The best thing to do when one is unsure of a solution to a hard drive disaster is to take the drive to a professional who will have a higher chance of recovering the drive properly.
Lastly, when losing your data once and retrieving a new drive, there are more cautions and steps to prevent this problem from occurring again. One thing to remember is how the drive is handled. If it is treated safely and not thrown around or mistreated, there is less chance of a problem. This includes cautious plugging and unplugging and keeping the drive around a clear area (away from dust, dirt e.t.c). Another way is to save energy and take breaks between computer use to stop the drive from overheating. A good amount of time for breaks would be around 20 minutes. Finally, the most important facet is to back up your data as often as possible incase another fail occurs. This way, any important data will not be lost.