Here at R3 Data Recovery we see lots of storage devices each day ranging from hard drives to USB sticks to 30 disk servers, it definitely varies from day to day.
With each device comes a reason for failure. A lot of the hard drives we see are sent into us because the customer said
"I can see the drive but can't access it"
"It's taking ages to copy data to it"
The usual cause of this is what we refer to as a build-up of bad sectors/bad blocks rendering the media on the drive degraded. This will cause the drive to become slow and eventually it will stop working and fail.
So, if this is happening to your drive, we suggest you stop using the drive and contact a data recovery professional.
In our data recovery lab we have the ability to fix and read the bad sectors with our specialist equipment. This could mean that a full clone of the drive could be made meaning no missed/unread sectors. Obviously, this will also depend on the drive and if there are any other problems with it.
It is not always possible to get a fully cloned drive, however in the event that we do get a fully cloned drive, it is possible that we are able to create a bootable clone so you are able to plug your device straight back into your machine. This will only obviously work for a drive that contains an operating system on it and is used to boot a machine up.
Like previously said it isn't always possible to get a full clone in order to be able to create a bootable clone, it is down to how badly degraded the drive is and if we can read the bad sectors or not.
Do you think your device is failing due to media degradation? Call us today at 0800 999 3282 to get immediate help and advice from our data recovery specialists.
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