My Hard Drive Is Bad How Can I Get My Files

Tech Questions and Answers PC HelperHard drives can go bad and stop allowing Windows to start. That doesn’t mean that you can’t still access them and get your files. A lot of stores and computer technicians charge a lot of money for what you can easily do yourself.

Hard drives will stop working for Windows before they actually go completely dead. Most hard drive failures are due to bad sectors rather than actual physical or electrical failures. This means that they are still accessible by using a special bridge that turns them into an external hard drive.

Is Your Hard Drive Completely Bad Or Only Partly Bad

Pictures tax returns and Microsoft Office documents are usually what people have on their hard drive that they are willing to get back. It’s a reality that most people do not use any type of online backup service or don’t have the online backup set up to save the files that are most important to them.

This creates a market that many companies take advantage of. Home computer owners that are willing to do almost anything to get back those important pictures and files. A $15 tool allows companies to charge big bucks to do just that.

Hard Drive to USB If a hard drive has suffered extensive physical damage or has an electrical failure this process will not work and file retrieval becomes extremely expensive. In more cases than not the hard drive is accessible with a device that allows it to connect to your computer as a USB drive. These adapters are inexpensive and easy to use. 15 Years ago they were difficult to find and were a bit more costly. Today they are readily available at outlets like Amazon, eBay, and Best Buy.

Another Hard Drive To USB AdapterThese hard drive to USB devices can range in price from $10 to $69 depending on where you buy them and what type of device you purchase. The bottom line is that using these devices you are able to turn a normal hard drive into an external drive and access your important files. This does not work in all cases but as long as the drive is not to damaged it does. You simply have to decide whether it is worth $20 to find out.

Backing Up Your Files Is Always Safest

Things are going to go wrong. Whether it is a car, washer and dryer, or your computer. The best way to make sure you do not lose your files is to back them up. Using an external hard drive and an online backup service is your best way to be safe. Using these backup methods together are the only way to really protect yourself from today’s ransomware to. Knowing there is a method that you may still be able to retrieve your files affordably is good. Using good backup practices is even better.

 

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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