HDD, SSD and Data Tape Difficulty

western-digital-caviar-green-wd10earxHard drive has failed – 1Tb Western Digital SATA WD10EARX. Was fine yesterday – Windows10 64bit – used for data – not the prime drive. On startup this morning did not appear on Explorer. Definitely spinning, possibly some faint clicks, but pretty quiet. Tried it in a Linux PC and wasn’t found there either. We live near Carnforth.

Cruzer SSD has Problems

A Cruzer SSD drive, either 16GB or 32GB capacity, has stopped working.
When plugged in in any port, and any computer, nothing happens. The flash drive has an LED which now no longer lights up, and the computer makes no acknowledgement of its presence when plugged in.
Recently, the computer I use most often has insisted that there are problems with the drive, but when I have told it to scan and fix these, it tells me there are none. It has also suggested that I must format the drive before use, but this was also inconsistent, and removing and returning the drive allowed me to use it without problems.
Although you do not advertise data recovery from flash drives, I sincerely hope you are able to help, as this one contained various important files, some of which have no backups.

Hard Disk Failure on Windows 10 Machine

Hard disk failure. This is our PC’s 2nd drive (D:). Had just recently upgraded OS to Windows 10 which went smoothly as this is a new base unit then when this problem occurred Windows was seizing, presumably looking for the drive which disappeared – so couldn’t access data on this drive which no longer shows in File Explorer. I have disconnected it from the PC base unit. HDSK details are:
1000GB/7200rpm/32M
Model Samsung HD103UJ

I’m unsure whether this is a problem with the hard drive or is something that has been caused by the Windows 10 upgrade. If more symptoms of the failure can be provided.

Conversion of Data Tapes

sony qd 2120I have 36 x Sony QD2120 Mini Data Cartridges formatted in QIC 80 (120Mb). The data is scientific images and possibly associated files in various IBM PC-readable formats (proprietary). We would like to send them to you for conversion to modern media. I am a little less sure on the original hardware/software used but possibly a Colorado drive . Apart from age of the tapes there is no reason to believe any corruption has occurred.

WD External HDD Broken?

My WD external hard drive stopped working. When I connect it to a laptop I get a message that it needs to be formatted before use. There is blinking and no distinct noises.
I have around 10GB of data, including photos, video and audio files.
What would be the time frame and the costs of data recovery? IT colleagues at work ran basic scan and their software detected a lot of data but could not recover it.

The hard drive is most likely to have bad sectors – areas of the hard drive that have become no longer readable. Otherwise known as “degraded media” it is caused by the magnetic signal that is stored on the hard drive degrading to such an extent that the computer can no longer recognise the signal it reads.

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