To say that the world has been revolutionized by the technology of the personal computer would be an understatement. Personal computers change the way we do business, they change the way we interact with people, and for all intents and purposes, personal computers have completely remolded the way we live. Personal computers still have their pitfalls however, and one of the most dangerous things that can happen to a PC is the failure of a disk drive. When it comes to computer hardware, pretty much anything is replaceable and almost all of the parts in a PC are dirt cheap.
Why is hard drive failure so bad? Well, it's not about the hardware at all. New, high capacity drives can be purchased pretty much anymore, and for not a lot of money. The problem with a hard drive failure is the data loss. If, like the saying goes, 'time is money,' then a hard drive failure can cost a person very much. When a hard disk fails, a person loses access to his or her data. There is something that can help, however. Many companies exist solely to help a person with this problem.
What do these companies do? Well, they are data recovery companies and can often recover most, if not all, of a person's data that could have been lost when the hard disk drive failed. If the failure was software related, then the company will most likely install the drive in a known good PC and run special software tools on the drive to either restore the file system or pull the raw data off of the drive. If the problem / failure is hardware related, then the company will typically take parts out of a good drive with the same model number as the broken drive and attempt to get the drive to physically work again.
Regardless of the problem with the drive or the method used to fix it, the most important thing a person can do as soon as a drive starts to fail is to get it repaired as soon as possible. Continuing to use a failing hard drive or trying to restore the drive and data without getting the help of a professional can be dire direcences. Often times, with the help of a data recovery company, the data loss can be minimal if the problem is taken care of right away.