Repairing Broken Hard Drive Faults

by Rod Dunne on February 20, 2011

in Data Recovery, Hardware

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Having to repair broken hard drive partitions or faults is something which thankfully doesn’t happen too often. In this article I’ll show you some of the different mechanical and software faults you may encounter and how to fix them.

Mechanical Faults

Your starting point is to work out whether or not there is mechanical damage to the hard drive. If you hear a grinding noise from the disk itself then that may indicate that internal components such as the bearings or spindle are starting to seize up.

A clicking noise will often indicate the fact that the motor starting to fail. Faults like these are best left to the experts, so contact a PC repair shop or data recovery service to complete the work.


Some of the other checks you can do for yourself should be quite easy to do. Start by opening up the box and checking that the IDE ribbon is in good condition and correctly connected to the drive and motherboard.

Check all connecting cables and pins for faults. You can often be able to repair broken hard drive issues simply by checking input/output pins are intact and not bent or broken.

While the box is open, you should also check that all the air vents and fan filters are clear of dust. The concern here is that you could have an overheating issue which is causing problems for the hard drive. If these problems are left unattended then the hard drive itself could actually burnout.


Restart the PC and go directly to the BIOS menu. Check to see whether or not the hard drive is being picked up by the BIOS itself. In addition, check the diagnostics settings to see if the fan speeds are sufficient and CPU temperatures are not getting too high (check manufacturer documentation to see what guidelines are). Again, these could indicate overheating issues.

If the PC is able to start then try running an anti-virus check, backup your data and then use a product like HDD Regenerator for analyzing the hard disk for signs of faults and bad sectors.

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