Have you ever heard your hard drive emit a beep? If not here's a new product just for you! The sound inside your hard disk means that your disk is having difficulty reading and writing data, that is, it is difficult to rotate and the drive must have the required speed to start reading the data. This is considered a potential data loss problem and gets worse if the affected hard drives are not treated professionally.
Unfortunately, there are no beep codes for hard drives, regardless of their supplier. This means that all disks have some common basic damages and possible fixes. These beeps can occur for a variety of reasons, such as damaged read / write heads, locked discs, stuck / burned out center of the shaft, or even a PCB short circuit (this is a very rare case, but it can happen). In normal operation, the read / write head is supposed to be in a "parking lot". Buzz / beep sounds come when the read / write head is in the wrong position or, to be precise, when it is stuck to the boards.
There are a few fixes you can try yourself, but we suggest you seek out a professional data recovery service.
DIY (Do it yourself).
Before taking any further action on the hard disk beep, you should be aware that there is a huge risk and that you may lose your data permanently. There is less than a 20% chance of fixing it using any of the DIY methods.
First and foremost, if your hard drive produces a beep, you should immediately turn off your computer or unplug the hard drive from the motherboard (if possible), or if you are using an external drive, remove the USB cable and cable. power supply (if any). Running a hard drive that emits an audible signal can compress the drive and burn internal components. When the buzzing hard drive is running, the motor tries to rotate the drive. The read / write will stick to the boards and this will result in the destruction of the boards because the read / write will be dragged over them.
This reduces the ability to retrieve your private and / or business data even to data recovery professionals.
This is a physical problem, meaning that no data recovery software can help you fix it. When any vendor claims that the software they are using can solve an audio signal problem they are not necessarily telling the truth.
If you decide to open your hard drive and fix some of the hardware yourself, do not do it. The hard disk has four main components in its housing, including the plate (for data storage), the shaft (for rotating the plates), the read / write arm (for reading and writing data), the actuator (for control of the actions of the arm) and PCB (allows electricity to pass through various components).
This problem can occur on both internal and external hard drives. For the internal hard drive that is installed on computers or laptops, there are two things you can try. The first is to replace the IDE / SATA cable with a new one. If this does not help and you have a backup power supply, you can replace it and verify if you have a power outage problem.
When users try on their own, one of the most difficult points they face is moving the stuck read / write heads. When users try to move the read / write heads, the tip of the actuator arm bends. In this case, things are difficult because when users turn on the hard drive, the read / write head, instead of hovering over the platter, starts scratching the platter and possibly making the data unrecoverable.
If you experience beeps with the external hard drive, you can try the following solutions:
• Make sure your external drive is working properly: You can use the IDE / SATAUSB adapter. Connect the disc to the adapter and the adapter to your computer. If you do not have an external adapter, you can remove your drive case and connect it directly to the motherboard using the IDE / SATA cables and power supply.
• Use suitable power cords and adapters (for older disc models): Each manufacturer recommends using only genuine cables that come with the disc or can be adjusted as part of the disc. Generally you should avoid third type USB cables but also the general use of cables above the recommended one (eg 3m). Older models come with a specific adapter, so it would be better to use them rather than universal ones. Diagnosis using these cables is not as reliable.
• Check your socket: Check if your socket provides the power needed for your hard drive.
How Data Recovery Professionals Repair Buzzing on Hard Drives
Any work involving the opening of a case is done in a specific, clean and certified room. These rooms are equipped with all the technologies that help in recovering data from incorrect hard drives. If a grain of dust enters the magnetic board (typical of an unclean-fitted room), it may damage the mechanism and cause permanent damage and data loss to the read / write head upon contact with the board surface.
Once a data recovery professional diagnoses a problem, they will replace broken components with other sound ones and make a clone of the disk before doing any further work on the original disk. In other words, data professionals will remove read / write heads without dragging them over the platter using special data recovery tools. They will then install a new sound read / write head from the same disc model, spare part number, date of manufacture, etc.
Because the read / write head was stuck to the platter, a small area of the disc may be damaged. In this case, data professionals will remove all areas around this area and then work with the damaged area. We have already mentioned that for this kind of physical problems, the use of data recovery software is not very useful. The software will constantly try to read from the defective area and this will further damage the disk.