There are a lot of contributing factors that can affect your hard drive, whatever it is there is a way to get it working the way it should be and to get back that file you need. Common factors or problems that happen with hard drives are:
- Drives that make clicking, ticking or unusual noises
- Dropped or physically damaged devices
- Drives with electronic faults
- Virus attacks
- Error messages on start-up
- Water and flood damaged HDDs
- Fire damaged
- Deleted files, formatted drives or operating system reinstalls
Overvoltage is another failure type for hard drives, especially for external hard drives, as it can be quite easy to mix up power supply cables and plug the incorrect power cable into the hard disk and cause serious damage to the drive.
All of the above are common for many hard drive recovery companies and can be fairly easily for them to sort out.
One of the first steps you personally should check is anywhere that you may have the file backed up or elsewhere on your computer. This is a simple task but some people neglect this before getting their hard drive looked at.
If the backups are not up to date then you should leave the computer alone and give the experts a call. Some services can help to recover lost data following hard disk failure or the deletion or reinstallation of an operating system, if you are unsure as to the nature of the problem with your lost data contact someone that has the know-how instead of making the problem worse.
Another perk is that there are companies that are available for a 24-48 hour service which means its not the end of the world if you need if as quickly as possible.