Laptops are subject to a lot of handling, shaking, dropping, and other rough maneuvers that can result in damage or corruption to the hard drive. Laptop hard drives are smaller than a regular desktop drive and usually have a lower capacity of storage as well as operation.
Laptop Data Recovery
A laptop hard drive usually has a shorter life spans than a desktop hard drive. This can be caused in part from all the rough handling they endure on a daily basis. It can also be caused by dust getting into the small cooling fan, which then prevents adequate cooling.
Did you know the average lifespan of a laptop is 3 years? Because the lifespan of laptops are so short, it is absolutely vital to backup your data on a regular basis. You should also double check that your data was backed up correctly. Too many times we see clients lose data because their backups were not working properly.
If you are suffering from data loss, or your laptop isn't running right and you can't access your data, here are a few steps to follow to ensure the highest chance of a successful recovery. You'll also want to take these steps if your laptop is acting strange, running slow or unexpectedly shutting down so you don't lose your data.
- Turn off your computer immediately-continued operation can cause greater damage
- Do not restart the computer: when a hard drive is in a distressed state, any extra actions can cause more damage
- Do not install or re-install any software or hardware
- Do not shake, disassemble, or attempt to clean a damaged drive
- Do not use a file recovery or other data recovery software to repair damaged drive
- Do not try to clean or dry a wet or muddy drive
- Do not try to operate a visibly damaged device. Get professional help!