High Capacity Storage Drives – Reasons for Their Failure and Data Recovery

High Capacity Storage DrivesIn the last decade, the data storage capacity of hard drives has increased dramatically. Now you have hard drives of sizes up to several Terabytes. This is because of the increased usage of computers for storing larger amount of data than before. Moreover, with larger capacity, these drives are getting smaller in size. The trend now is – smaller hard drives with larger data capacity! However, these larger capacity yet smaller-sized drives have more chances of getting corrupted. These are the various reasons for the same and some of which are explained herein:

Reasons for High Failure Rate of Larger Data Storage Capacity Drives:

  • Earlier, with smaller data capacity, the hard drives had two or sometimes three platters, which are placed inside the hard drive case. However, today, the larger capacity hard drives have up to four platters and that too in reduced space. This reduction in space has reduced the tolerance of these drives, and this is the reason why the drives now (which have larger data storage capacity) have more chances of failure.
  • It is also seen that hard drives or computers that are used more or the computers that are used for long hours are more prone to corruption than those that are used for few hours regularly or often. This is because the long continuous working increases the heat and movement of headers, which for sure increases the chances of header corruption or damage in platters. However, this reason does not increase the failure rate largely.
  • Large density of data on a tight hard drive with more parts has high chances of corruption. This is because on a drive with more data and that too in a smaller space results in more head movement, which eventually causes more heat and work, and hence it encounters data loss.
  • Age is another factor that is highly responsible for the corruption of your hard drives. The old-aged hard drives are more likely to get corrupt than those which are new.
  • Moreover, all these are not the only factors related to hard drive corruption, but factors like unreliable material used by the manufacturers is another cause that damages the hard drive in their early ages.

The above reasons clearly indicate that all of them are interrelated and one causes the other. A graphical representation of the rate of failure of hard drives annually is shown below:

Graph - Hard Drive StorageThis graphical representation shows the annual failure rate of all the drives from age 0 to 5 years. The graph breaks at the age of the hard drive when it fails, such as those who broke down in 3-months, 6 – months, 1 – year, and so on until 5 – years. You can easily figure out that old-aged drives have more chances of failure than those that are new. However, the new ones too have good number of failures, which entirely depends upon the hard drive manufacturer and the quality of material used to build it. Moreover, it is clearly visible that drives between 2 to 3 years of age have strong influence towards failure than those between 4 to 5 years.

Resolutions when You Encounter Data Loss:

The biggest problem that is encountered after hard drive failure is data loss. Since computers are used everywhere, the failure of their hard drives results in data loss. Moreover, data recovery plans like hard drive recovery services are expensive ways. Therefore, it is suggested to prevent your hard drive from failure; but there is no specific way for preventing drive failure. This is because the drive failure can be seen even with the most reliable and reputed hard drive brand. Therefore, the best hard disk recovery program is backup of your data.

You can take the backup of your hard drive data through various methods available online or you can take it manually on regular basis. The backup enables you to restore your data when disasters like hard drive failures strike. One simple suggestion for more reliable backup is to have the backup on external hard drives and use these drives rarely for creating and restoring the backup only.

There are various external or portable hard drives available online having the same storage capacity as that of your internal hard drive and these are inexpensive as well. When these drives are properly kept and used (such as only while restoring and saving data), then they have less chances of failure. Another option that you can opt for in such situation is RAID computer. RAID drives create redundancy of data, and hence encounter lesser situations of data loss than these normal hard drives.

However, if you have encountered data loss, then use of professional hard drive recovery software is recommended. Data recovery tools are not very expensive, yet they are advanced tools that ensure the recovery of your data largely. Most of the tools of this category support various kinds of hard drives, including the RAID array. The understandable user interface of these tools lets its users perform the recovery of their lost, deleted, or inaccessible files and folders without much trouble.

So, depending upon your problem, you can opt for an appropriate solution and undo the loss of your data that occurred as your hard drive got corrupt or damaged due to some reason.