Last updated on February 9, 2023
Hard drives, unlike other computer components, are still mechanical, and writing and reading operations are performed mechanically within the hard disk drive (HDA). We all know that a simple bump can cause the spinning arm and head of the HDA to misalign and result in the loss of data stored in its position. Now, imagine combining this with the use of a traditional hard drive (not solid-state drive) in a laptop. It’s like a recipe for disaster, waiting for the inevitable drop or bump that could potentially cause data loss.
I recently had a first-hand experience with the consequences of using a mechanical hard drive in a laptop. Despite my efforts to be careful with my device, I was faced with a situation where a simple bump caused my hard drive to fail. Half a terabyte of data was lost in a moment, and there was no going back.
In my case, I was able to recover some of my data through various data recovery methods. However, it was a painful and time-consuming process. It’s a lesson that I’ll never forget, and one that I hope others can learn from. If you’re still using a traditional mechanical hard drive, consider switching to a solid-state drive to prevent data loss due to physical shocks and bumps. Trust me, it’s worth it in the long run.