Signs of Data Loss Risk

Common Signs of Data Loss Risk:


Hard Drive is Clicking

clicking hard drive can indicate a head crash, corrupt firmware on the drive’s ROM chip, an electrical problem like a burned chip, blown heads, a bad pcb controller, overwritten servo’s, damage to the hard drive’s platters and alignment issues from being dropped, jarred or a power surge.

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Blue Screen

When your system blue screens when you try to boot or during the middle of an operation, it can mean the operating system has been damaged, there may be bad sectors on your hard drive that the system is unable to read, your hard drive could be failing, you might have a virus or trojan, someone may have deleted critical dll’s or system files, the partition or file structure may have become corrupted or damaged.

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Drive Not Formatted Error

drive not formatted error usually indicates the hard drive’s partition has been damaged, deleted or corrupted. It can be caused by a virus, a hard reboot, a power outage or surge, disc partitioning utilities and sometimes updating software, anti-virus programs or simply installing new software can damage a partition.

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Computer Reboots Repeatedly

The most common reason a computer keeps rebooting over and over is because the boot sector has been hijacked by a virus that creates a continuous loop. It keeps telling the system to go back to the boot sector and reboot.

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System Freezes or Hangs

When your system freezes or hangs while trying to boot or while accessing a file or program it usually indicates that there are bad sectors on the hard drive and the system is unable to access the information it needs to open the file or load the program. It can be caused by a corrupt file or shared program files that have conflicting call procedures or too many system resources are being used (the system memory gets full or overloaded).

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Drive or Device Not Found

When you get a message telling you the drive is not ready, hard drive or device not found it could mean the hard drive is bad, the boot priority in bios has been changed, the partition structure is damaged, or a virus has infected your system.

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Operating System Not Found

An operating system not found message typically means that the operating system files are damaged, the boot device priority has been changed, the partition table is damaged or the hard drive has been formatted.

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  1. If your hard drive is clicking, grinding, or making any unusual sound, do not power it on. Any attempt to access the drive can cause irreversible damage, leaving your data completely unrecoverable.
  2. Make a note of the symptoms and sounds your device was exhibiting.
  3. Call a professional data recovery company that can offer you a professional evaluation and a no data, no service fee policy.
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