Laptops are popular devices that put all of the power of a desktop pc into a compact and portable option. They are incredibly useful for students, people who need to work on the go, and people who simply prefer a more mobile style of computer. Unfortunately, with mobility comes a much higher risk of damaging your technology by accidentally dropping it. While laptops are incredibly handy, they aren’t generally made to be bumped around or handled roughly. Even just setting a laptop down with too much force, or dropping something on top of it can cause trouble, so imagine the disastrous damage that can happen if you drop it from table height or higher. If it happens, your computer may need repair or replacing, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose your data. Here are a few steps you can take to determine the damage and get your information safely from the hard drive.
Listen for Scraping or Grinding
After your computer suffers a fall, you need to turn it on and listen for any sounds coming from the hard drive. If it is grinding or making clicking sounds, that is an indicator of serious damage to the hard drive, and you will probably need the help of a local professional like those at The Local Circuit. A computer repair specialist can help you prevent further damage or loss of data. If you don’t hear any odd noises when you turn it on, then you can do a few things yourself to retrieve your data.
Remove the Hard Drive
So, if you don’t hear the hard drive making noise, but you are still getting error messages, the first thing you’ll want to do is retrieve your data before any further problems occur. In order to do this yourself you will need to remove the hard drive from your laptop. If you are uncomfortable disassembling your computer, it is probably a better idea to take it to a data retrieval or computer repair specialist instead. You can locate the hard drive by reading the user manual. Generally it is a simple process of removing the appropriate cover and taking it out carefully.
Retrieve Your Files
You will need a USB adapter to connect your hard drive to another computer, which you can find at a computer store for under $30 or so. Connect the computer to your hard drive and open it up. If damage has occurred, you may be unable to access your files, in which case professional help will be needed. If no serious damage shows up, you can find the files you need and transfer them over. It’s also a good idea to take further precautions after this by creating another backup of these files. That way if another accident occurs, you won’t need to pay for professional help or take your computer apart.
Repair or Replace
While your personal files aren’t replaceable, the computer is. After you have retrieved your data, it’s a simple matter of hardware repair or replacement. Repairs might be a possibility, but it may be more cost effective overall to simply buy a new computer. Consult with a computer specialist if you are unsure, and they can help you decide what will work best for you.