Hard Drive Not Spinning (damaged PCB (Printed Circuit Board) or electronics, stiction, failed liquid bearing, or damaged motor)

Age catches up with all, including your computer’s hard drive. Like it is with the human body, in hard drives, too, aging comes up quickly if the wear and tear is high. One common sign of aging in hard drives is hard drive not spinning up.

Why Hard Drive Not Spinning Up Problem Occurs

Traditionally, a hard drive has components which need a lot of power just to start. From a stopped state to achieve the operational state, the hard drive head needs to spin at 2400, 3600, 4200, 5400, 7200, 10000, or 15000 revolutions per minute. This process is known as spin-up-time.

Sometimes due to the unavailability of enough power from the system’s power source, the spin-up process cannot complete itself, resulting in the hard drive head not spinning up. This is potentially risky for the system as this may end up in loss of data from constant wear and tear.

There are, however, many other reasons for a failed hard drive spin-up, like:

  • Mechanical problems
  • Bad sectors
  • Damaged PCBs or damaged read/write heads

A hard drive spin up consumes a lot more power than a hard drive which has already achieved operational speed because, when it starts, the motor heads require more power to accelerate the platter than to maintain the operational speed, which requires less power because the hard drive head stagnates at a constant speed.

What to do…

If faced with a problem where the hard drive is not spinning, the first and foremost thing to do is to change the power source of the system. If the problem is occurring on an external hard drive, try unplugging the connector cable and connecting it to the USB port, located behind the CPU, instead of using the front USB ports.

If it is with a desktop external hard drive and it needs a power source, then try unplugging the power cable and plugging it to a different power source. If the problem persists, restart your system.

In case you are able to get the hard drive running up properly, immediately take a back up because the same problem is for sure going to occur again and you may not get another chance to recover the data on your own.

Make sure you have tried the previous solutions thoroughly before concluding that your hard drive has died on you. There are other methods also, but most of them include a removing the hard drive from the chassis and opening up the hard drive to check whether the platter, read/write heads are working properly or not. If you are not able to understand the source of the problem then do not hesitate to seek the help of a technician or a professional because it is he who will be able to recover any data.

If these don’t work…

A reputable professional data recovery firm can recover data from even the most hopeless of situations, so contact one as quickly as possible. Else you may as well stop hoping to recover anything from your hard drive.