Laptops and External Drives | Dropped, Slammed, Impacted...

When a drive is impacted, it may cause different abnormal conditions to occur, causing the drive to degrade slowly, rapidly, or instantly, ultimately leading to data access loss and subsequent data loss.

The affected drive’s performance may deteriorate without immediate detection by users or most PC repair technicians, as it employs multiple layers of error correction to uphold data integrity. Nonetheless, this strategy ultimately worsens the drive’s degradation until it ceases to read data entirely. This breakdown may present as clicking noises, freezing, or automatic shutdown, rendering the drive unable to power on normally thereafter.

We recommend reaching out to us first before trying any DIY data recovery methods, like using different software or disassembling and freezing the drive. These approaches rarely work well and can actually make it harder to recover your data. They might even cause irreversible damage, making it impossible for us to help you. It’s best to contact us initially to avoid high costs and ensure successful data recovery at a low price.

Therefore, don’t attempt repairs on your Own! Turn off the drive as soon as you realize there is an impact, and get in touch with us.

We Recommend You Never Power Up A Dropped Hard Drive

After going through it ourselves, we comprehend the strong impulse to turn on your laptop or start your car immediately after a drop, just to see if it’s working. It’s normal to feel worried and eager to confirm that your valuable device and crucial data are unharmed. However, switching it on right away could result in losing all your data.

Carelessly handling a hard drive or the device it’s in can result in the displacement or harm of its parts, potentially causing a significant issue that will worsen if you attempt to utilize the drive.

One frequent outcome is a head crash, which occurs when the drive’s read/write head, tasked with storing and accessing data, comes into contact with the magnetic-coated platters. The delicate surfaces of these platters house all of the hard drive’s data and are susceptible to damage upon contact.

After a drive is dropped, it is common for a head crash to occur, where the read-write head makes direct contact with the platters of the drive. This can lead to damage of the delicate surface where crucial data is stored, especially when the drive is powered up and the motor begins spinning the platters.

When a hard drive is dropped, it frequently experiences motor seizing, a prevalent problem. This creates an issue since a seized motor is unable to rotate, and trying to power up the drive will cause repeated attempts to do so, resulting in the production of excessive heat. Hard drives are vulnerable to heat, and attempting to start the drive in this condition is an assured method of permanently losing your data.

What You Should Do If You’ve Dropped Your Hard Drive

Prior to anything else, avoid powering up your hard drive. After that, get in touch with the experts at Realtime Support Data Recovery to arrange a free evaluation for the data recovery of your hard drive.

We are able to inspect your drive for any required repairs without putting your data at risk. Additionally, we can provide a complimentary estimate, usually during a phone call. If we cannot retrieve your data, we will return your drive to you without any charge. There is no risk involved for you at all.

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