Common Causes of Data Loss

Common Causes of Data Loss

  • Impact Damage From Drops and Falls (laptop computers)
  • Bad Sectors
  • Accidental Deletion, Overwrite or Formatting
  • Moisture Damage From Spilled Liquids (non mechanical drives)
  • Operating System Failure
  • Hard Drive Read/Write Head Failure
  • Hard Drive Electronics Failure
  • Motherboard Failure Due to Power Surges
  • File Corruption
  • Overheating

Symptoms of Data Loss and Hard Drive Failure

  • Frequent Freezing and Crashing
  • Clicking, Whirring or Other Unusual Noises
  • Burning Electronics Smell
  • Excessive Fan Noises
  • Operating System Will Not Boot
  • Failure to Mount or Recognize Attached Media
  • Power Issues
  • Computer Cannot Boot Past BIOS

In Windows operating systems, in addition to sluggish performance and files or programs not opening correctly, some of the error message you may see that indicate a failing or failed drive include

  • I/O Error
  • Data storage device not recognized
  • Missing Operating System

    One of the more common hard drive failure messages

    One of the more common hard drive failure messages

  • Data Error (cyclic redundancy check)
  • Hard Disk Drive Failure
  • Primary Hard Disk Failure
  • Error Reading Drive
  • SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk 0
  • Seek Error – Sector not found
  • You need to format the disk in drive X before you can use it
  • Disk boot failure, insert system Disk and Press Enter
  • Non-System disk or disk error; Replace and strike any key when ready
          On an Apple or Mac computer, messages include
                • Bad file name
                • Bad master directory block
                • Directory not founddisknotreadable-pcoverhaul
                • Drive not installed
                • Cannot access (drive’s letter) because a disk error occurred
                • Not a Macintosh disk
                • Not an HFS volume
                • Read/Write requested for an off-line drive
                • Internal file system error
                • No such volume
                • Segment Loader Error
                • The disk (drive’s letter) cannot be accessed because a disk error occurred
                • This disk is unreadable by this computer. Do you want to initialize the disk?

If you experience any of these symptoms, you may need data recovery services.