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Data Recovery for Western Digital Hard Drives

October 21, 2011 Jon 0 Comments

Data recovery emergencies do happen from time to time and it’s important to take the right steps to protect and recover your data. In most cases, you will need to see a reputable data recovery specialist who can repair your hard drive and retrieve your important files and information.

Western Digital is the second largest manufacturer of computer hard drives in the world. You will often see Western Digital products identified as a WD hard disk, WD hard drive or WDHDD. Western Digital hard drives are relatively inexpensive and can hold large amounts of data. WD hard drives tend to be durable, but like all hard drives, they are sensitive instruments that can be vulnerable to physical damage.

All hard disk drives can be subject to two main categories of damage: Logical and physical. Logical damage includes damage caused by things like computer viruses, improper formatting, file corruption and accidental deletion.

Physical damage includes things like wear and tear, damage to the internal components of the device, heat or water damage and power surges.

In cases where your computer has sustained physical damage, you’ll need a data recovery specialist to help recover your files and information. Repairing the physical components of a hard disk requires a dust free clean room environment and specialized tools. It’s not something the average person could do without specialized training and equipment.

To send your hard disk out for repair, it’s best to send it in your manufacturer’s original packaging. If you don’t have access to that, you can use a regular freezer back and pack it tightly in a small box. Fill the space around the drive with bubble wrap. Don’t use Styrofoam peanuts as they can attract static electricity.


Data recovery companies differ in the amount of time it takes to repair your drive and recover your data, but some, like Sydney Data Recovery can retrieve your files in as little as 12 to 24 hours!

The most common signs of physical damage to a hard drive are:

–  A clicking sound coming from the drive.
–  The computer may reboot on its own or shuts off unexpectedly.
–  The drive is not listed in Windows disk management or the system BIOS.
–  There is no sound when the drive is powered up.
–  Visible damage to the drive itself.

It’s very important to take good physical care of your Western Digital hard drive. Keep your computer in a cool, dry location out of direct sunlight and make sure that you have surge protection. Keep your computer in a low traffic area of your house where it is less likely to be knocked or bumped and make sure it is sitting in a flat, stable position on a desk or stand.


If the disk drive has sustained logical damage, your drive may still be recognized by the system BIOS, but you will still have problems accessing your data.

Logical problems can be much simpler and easier to fix than physical damage, but it still pays to get professional help, particularly if recovering your lost data is critical. There are software programs available that can help you recover lost in files in case of a logical failure, but these are not always reliable and in some cases can cause you to erase the very files you were attempting to recover.

If you do encounter a logical hard drive failure, it’s important that you shut your computer down safely, rather than continuing to hit keys in an attempt to fix the damage. The information you type in may unintentionally overwrite your files, making them impossible to recover. The best option is to shut your computer down and call a data recovery company as soon as you can.

A data recovery specialist can diagnose your hard drive and offer the best programs and solutions to retrieve your data.

In all cases, the best defence against losing your important files and information is to back up your files to an external hard drive on a regular basis. This ensures that you will be able to access your data from at least one source even if you do experience a hard drive failure.


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