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Mac Hard Drive Repair

By Expert Author: Khan Mash

Mac Computers and MacBooks are made by a California company called Apple. These include MacBook Pro, Desktop and tablets like iPhone, iPod and iPad. I will talk about repairing hard drives used in these machines.

MacBooks and Mac desktops including iPads and iPhones are very popular products these days. The number of market share is growing. More and more users are getting attracted towards Apple machines. These machines includes a variety of apple products like iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro, Mac mini, iPhone, iPad and iPod are a few to name. Apple uses both kinds of hard drives in these computers i.e. normal drives with moving parts and modern hard drives. When it comes to internal drives, they use SSD and regular hard drives like SATA or IDE. In external they make Time Capsules in which they use SATA drives. As we all know people store data on computers for all kind of purposes like personal and trade purposes. The usage of Apple machine is very common whether it is personal or business. There are multiple uses of a Mac computer in business environment. Data is stored on enterprise server machines in multi user environment. Company employees use all kinds of tablet machines like iPads and iPhones. The number of residential users is growing fast. Mostly users love Macbook Pro, iPad and iPhone. A large number kids use iPods and iPads. Schools, Colleges, private and semi private organizations, restaurants and Industrial sector all use these Apple products.

There are mainly two types of hard drives used in Apple computer. One is called SATA and the other one is IDE. They also use SATA types in SSD drives. SSD drive is a new type of storage media that is fast. Apple computers are considered strong to sustain damage. That is one of the reasons why the cost is more as they use better components in these machines. When it comes to hard drive storage anything can happen whether it is Apple computer or Microsoft base PC desktop or laptop. The danger is more when regular drives with internally moving parts, are used in Mac computers which is mostly the case in most of Apple computers although they are moving fast toward SSD technology. In any case, the drive can always fail as a result of physical damage or any other electronic damage. Liquid damage or manufacture defects are other two reasons for drive failure. Let us assume that a Mac computer has an SSD drive in it, can it fail? Yes, the drive failure is still possible because SSD drives use the same logic as other traditional drives use except platters and heads. New Mac computers like iMac, MacBook Pro use SSD drives for data storage. Data corruption is possible because of a power surge. There are other reasons which trigger the need for data recovery like formatting the drive by mistake or any other corruption of files system.

So the interesting question comes up next and that is what if the storage media stop working or there is a need for hard drive repair? What need to be done to avoid it? Well backing up the computer to an external hard drive is the most popular and safe technique. Why it is the best technique? Because this way data is available locally and without compromising its security. Best off all if the computer fails, a copy will be available on external drive. There is this online backup trend emerging. I was told by one of my client that his data disappeared all of the sudden from an online service called Drop Box. Online backup is not a very attractive way of saving data. You have to have Internet up and running one hundred percent of the time to upload data. Even after the data is backed up and if the Internet connection goes down and there is a need for data, nothing can be done. There is another problem with online backup. Users are asked to sign or accept an agreement (which normally users do not read as nobody has time these days) but the interesting fact is, the agreement clearly says that the online service will not be responsible for any data loss in case of an accident. This is the most dangerous aspect of online backup.

Another reason of online backup failure is, most people do not trust to store their private and confidential information or photos on someone else computer or online server. In case there a hard drive dies and there is no local backup, what is going to happen? Data recovery is performed on failed hard disks. There is no doubt that Mac machines are strong and durable but drives can fail any time which can be repaired or recovered properly. There are different kinds of data recovery processes. One is called a software recovery and the other one is hardware repair which is usually caused when there is a physical damage on a hard drive. Software recovery can be very attractive option for beginners but some times it can further destroy the data. Therefore it is always advisable to let data recovery professionals perform the data recovery service. The hardware recovery is the process of repairing hard drive in clean room environments. Hardware recoveries are well performed by professionals who either recover drives using data recovery machines or by replacing parts.

In this article, I threw light on data storage devices that are commonly used in Mac computers and discussed different methods to backup data and how to repair hard drives.
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