Resolve Hard Disk Problem in Windows® 7
What are the different hard disk problems in Windows 7 and how to resolve them?
Hard disk is the primary storage device on your computer. It is needed to be formatted before use. Formatting a disk means configuring the disk with a file system in order to store up information on the disk. If you buy an additional hard disk to expand the storage of your PC, then you need to format it. The simplest reason for physical hard drive breakdown is a burnt circuit board. If the circuit board fails, then the drive will not spin up. Another reason for which a hard drive might not spin up is motor failure. The drive will not spin at all or will spin at a degraded and unpredictable speed if the motor is bad. Sometimes, the users may hear a clicking sound from the hard drive. This sound indicates either that the firmware is corrupted or there has been a head crash. Other reasons for physical drive problem are a broken read and write arm, water or fire damage to the hard drive, scratched platters etc. The hard disks might also fail due to problems such as computer viruses, bad sectors, cyclic redundancy errors, blue screen errors etc.
Following are some of the hard disk errors that might occur in your Windows 7 OS:
- Corrupted firmware
- Electronic issues
- Mechanical problems
The firmware is the software code that controls hard disk and it is embedded in the physical hard drive. If the firmware of a hard disk becomes ruined or unreadable, the computer is unable to interact with the hard disk. The data on the disk is fully recoverable once the drive has been repaired and reprogrammed. In this case, the hard disk spins up when powered on, but it is incorrectly recognized or not recognized by the computer.
Electronic failure is usually related to problems on the controller board of the hard disk. The computer might suffer a power spike or electrical surge that knocks out the controller board of the hard disk making it untraceable to the BIOS. The hard disk will not spin up when the drive is powered on. It will appear dead and will not be recognized by the computer.
Mechanical hard disk failures are those which are developed in the internal components of the hard disk itself. As soon as an internal component goes out of order, the data on the hard disk will become inaccessible. When it is powered on, the hard drive will directly begin to make a regular ticking or clicking sound.
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