Issue: Hard Drive Is Physically Damaged

Issue: Hard Drive Physically Damage

A broken hard drive could be the worst nightmare for most people when it comes to their computers. A broken hard drive means no data. If this is your situation, we have solutions for it. You can refer to the steps below to fix your hard drive is physically damaged issue. Usually, physical damage on a hard drive includes the read/write head failure, seize in spindle bearing, and electronic faults.

Some of the symptoms of the physically damaged hard drive are:

  • Missing files on the hard drive
  • Continuous file corruption errors
  • Incorrect hard drive disk information while running BIOS
  • Whirling sound
  • Unrecognized or mounting issue
Hard Drive Is Physically Damaged
  • First, check whether the computer can recognize your drive.
  • Make sure to use a standard USB cable to connect the hard drive to the computer.
  • Study the working conditions of the hard drive.
  • If you hear any clicking or whirling sound, remove the hard drive from the computer.
  • Next, visually check the hard drive.
  • Search for damages like scratch, burns, dent, or scorch marks.
  • If necessary, replace the components of your hard drive.
  • Make sure that you have installed the replacement components firmly into the drive.
  • Position the replacement part correctly and screw it properly.
  • Next, connect the drive to the computer and check if it gets recognized.
  • If the problem remains unsolved, go to the Windows BIOS menu (for Windows) and run the drive to check if the computer has recognized it.
  • For Macintosh users, open the Mac OS X Disk Utility and fix the problem.
  • Do not attempt to recover the data using a data recovery software if your hard drive is not recognized. It might lead to overwriting your data. And finally fix the hard drive is physically damaged issue.