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Factors that Affect Laptop and Desktop Data Recovery

Laptops are complex machines packed into air-tight spaces that allow their users to be mobile and connected. However, when hardware begins to fail, there's a unique set of challenges to recovering data from these precise machines.


Many of our clients ask whether they could prevent data loss by buying desktop and laptop hard drives from a certain brand or by maintaining their drives with disk utilities. Unfortunately, even the best hard drives eventually become less accurate and stop reading data correctly.

Nevertheless, by learning about some of the factors that affect data loss, you can know what to expect when you send your drive in for recovery.

Factors that affecting recovery procedures

Hard Drive Size - The physical and logical size of a hard drive can certainly affect recovery, both in terms of the tools we use to physically repair drive components and the software we use to restore lost files.

Laptop drives are typically 2.5 inches, while desktop drives are 3.5 inches. Some early desktop drives, like the Quantum Bigfoot series, were much larger. Logical sizes vary greatly, and the more information a drive can store, the more time we need to take carefully cloning it in order to safely recover data.

Series and Model Number - Hard drive manufacturers go to great lengths to keep high standards, but due to the constraints of large-scale manufacturing, certain hard drive models are more likely to experience certain types of failures than others. Likewise, some drives are easier to recover than others due to the design of their internal components. However, data recovery companies need working experience with all hard drive models in order to provide reliable services.

We keep massive inventories of hard drives from every major manufacturer to make sure that our engineers can handle any case that they receive.

File Types and Sizes - Typical hard drives do not store information in a single physical location on a hard disk platter's surface. Larger files are spread out across a relatively large physical area, and in order to recover them, our engineers need to read past damaged sections and create as full of a copy of the original file as is possible.

Certain types of files are also more susceptible to problems like file corruption. We develop software in our laboratories for SQL databases, images, email archives and other large files to keep recovery rates high.

Computer Operating Environment - If you run your computer in a hot area with a lot of environmental vibration, your chances of a hard drive failure will significantly increase. We receive a large number of drives from both desktop and laptop computers that fail due to poor operating conditions. Many of these drives have severe physical and electronic issues that make data recovery more difficult.

To keep your computer running smoothly, we recommend allowing some space between desktop computers and walls to allow air to ventilate properly. Laptops should always rest on a surface that allows for easy heat dispersal, and you should always keep your computer in a room with a comfortable temperature.

Remember that if your laptop or desktop hard drive stops working, you should immediately shut your computer down. Never run data recovery software on any failed drive and always keep a backup of your important files to prevent data loss. Regardless of the type of drive you own, you can keep yourself protected by taking a few smart steps and sticking to a regular backup schedule.

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