Flood Damage To Your Computer Hard Drive
It’s pretty hard to find a household in the country today that doesn’t have some type of computer as a vital part of its day to day operation. Computers today are much more durable and resistant to damage than their earlier counterparts, however, even the most advanced computer setup or laptop unit may be effectively compromised by exposure to water. Even higher than normal humidity can affect computer and hard drive performance.
In many cases, it may be necessary to get the hard drive transported to a data removal company, someone who is trained and versed on exactly how to recover any material that may be at risk on a damaged hard drive. Of course, it is important that you make all the right choices in the aftermath of the water damage as well.
For starters, don’t try to turn the hard drive on. If you don’t have damage to the unit, you may very well cause it if you mix water and electricity. Don’t make that mistake. Leave the unit powered down until you can determine that repairs have been completed, or if it has to be powered up, leave that step to the professionals who know when and how it should be done to avoid damage and injury.
Unlike most electronics, which may be dried out, drying a hard drive is not recommended, at least not by amateurs. Cracking open the drive may end up causing more damage than was initially inflicted. Data recovery companies have the facilities and the tools needed to properly dry out and clean damaged hard drives. When it comes to valuable files, pictures, documents, and records, you definitely want to trust it to a professional.
When transporting the hard drive, handle the disk carefully, avoiding any static discharge, as this may cause additional problems with the unit. Put the drive into a plastic bag and refrain from handling it any more than you absolutely have to.
Make sure you get the drive to a data recovery company as soon as possible because, with any type of flood damage, time is of the essence. The problem will not get better on its own; quite the contrary, it will only get worse. Find an established restoration company and get the drive to them. The sooner you get it looked at, the sooner it can get repaired and restored.
Make no mistake, data recovery from flood-damaged drives is an involved and complex process, and as a result will be expensive. So be prepared to pay what it takes to get the job done right (unless of course, you don’t care about your saved information). Some of these procedures may run into the thousands of dollars, depending of course on the level of damage involved. The faster a drive is dealt with, the more likely it is that the drives can be salvaged. Many insurance companies will also cover data loss recovery, provided you take quick action and maintain detailed records and receipt.