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

When a drive is subjected to an impact, it may cause the drive to develop out-of-spec conditions, leading to a gradual, rapid, or immediate deterioration of the drive. This will ultimately result in the loss of access to data and eventually the loss of the data itself.

The affected drive’s performance may not show any immediate signs of decline to users or most PC repair technicians, as it employs multiple layers of error correction to uphold data integrity. Nevertheless, this method ultimately worsens the drive’s deterioration until it reaches a point where it can no longer read data at all. This failure might be evident through clicking noises, freezing, or automatic shutdowns, and the drive will be incapable of powering on normally thereafter.

Prior to trying any do-it-yourself data recovery techniques, like using different software, taking apart the drive, or freezing it, keep in mind that these methods rarely produce good outcomes and can actually make it harder to recover your data. In fact, they might cause permanent harm, rendering our assistance impossible. That’s why we strongly recommend contacting us first to avoid excessive costs and ensure a successful data recovery at a low expense.

Therefore, don’t attempt repairs on your Own! Switch off the drive early on realization of an impact, and contact 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 verify its functionality. It’s normal to feel worried and eager to confirm that your valuable device and critical data are unharmed. But as soon as you power it up, there’s a risk of losing all your data.

If a hard drive or the device it’s in is dropped, it can result in movement or damage to its parts, potentially causing a serious issue that will worsen if you attempt to use 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. These platters hold all of the hard drive’s data and are extremely fragile, easily susceptible to damage upon impact.

As mentioned before, a head crash frequently happens when a hard drive is dropped, leading to the read-write head making direct contact with the platters. This contact damages the sensitive surface where crucial data is stored, particularly when the drive is powered on 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 as a seized motor is unable to rotate, and trying to power up the drive will cause continuous attempts to do so, resulting in the production of excessive heat. Hard drives are susceptible to heat, and attempting to start up the drive in this condition will inevitably lead to permanent data loss.

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 RTS Data Recovery to arrange a free assessment for the recovery of your hard drive’s data.

We are able to analyze your drive for required repairs without putting your data at risk. Additionally, we will provide a complimentary quote, usually given over the phone when you make contact. If we are unable to retrieve your data, we will return your drive to you at no charge. You have nothing to lose at all.

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