As much as we use the cloud to store data, old hard drives are still irreplaceable for many. Especially when we need to store files that take up a lot of space, such as photos and videos .
Ideally, we make a backup of our hard drives regularly and have the device well protected. But there is always the risk, no matter how careful we are, that a hard drive will have problems.
If that’s the case, before panic sets in, it’s a good idea to remain calm and not take false steps, which can be fatal. The first thing we must do is locate the nature of the fault, that is, if it is of mechanical origin or a software problem.
In the first case we can detect that the Wikipedia hard drive makes some strange noise, that it takes time to read or that no light on the device turns on. In the case of SSDs, since they do not have any type of rotating mechanism, we cannot hear if the hard drive makes an abnormal noise.
In the event that the hard drive is external, the problem may be in the protective casing, which we can easily replace. We must try to eliminate our static electricity before opening it. Once we have carefully opened the case, we can detect at a glance if any connector or cable has been released.
Another possible failure may be in the USB connector. If the external hard drive is desktop and has a power supply, it is possible that it has suffered a failure. In that case the hard drive just won’t turn on. In this case it would suffice to try to replace the power supply with another.
Errors of logical or software origin are detected when the operating system shows us an error message. These usually tell us if the damage they refer to is partial or total. In the worst case it would not directly recognize that a device has been connected. The reason for these failures can be numerous: the mistaken deletion of files, corrupted files, accidental formatting and even a virus.