Data Storage: How to Deal with a Damaged External Hard Drive

External Hard Drive
External Hard Drive

External Hard drive is handy device, and most people who use computers a lot have at least one of them.

They are used for everything from storing music, movies, documents, and photos, to backing up the data on a computer.

The devices come in many different styles, colors, shapes, and storage capacity limits,

but they all tend to have fairly sturdy cases and give the appearance of being hard to damage.

In most cases that would be accurate, but they can be damaged,

whether with heat, water, a power surge, a hardware failure, or just basic human error.

External Hard Drive Detecting Problems:

Diagnosing external hard drive problems is not always straightforward,

but there are a few telltale signs that will help you to figure out what the issue is.

When you plug in an external hard drive and it starts making odd noises,

such as grinding or clicking, chances are you have a hardware issue and you need to act quickly to retrieve the data from the hard drive.

Error messages that indicate file corruption, or complete failure to load

can be caused by a host of different problems and indicate that the drive is not working properly.

Fixing It Yourself:

If you are confident that you have the skills to retrieve the data from a damaged external hard drive,

or even to repair a damaged drive yourself, then the best way to go about it is to use Google.

Using the brand name, make, and model number of your hard drive, search for how to repair that specific drive,

so that you aren’t trying to do something that won’t work with the model you have.

Carefully follow the instructions step by step and be very careful not to make any extra moves,

since doing the wrong thing can sometimes overwrite the data you are trying to retrieve.