Many cases of data recovery originate from electrical failures. Can you imagine which component of the computer could have prevented them? Nowadays, who doesn’t want to have a powerful PC on their desktop? We use it to perform all kinds of activities, from watching video in high definition to enjoying the most spectacular games, surfing the internet, downloading large files, etc.
Some of these applications require high-capacity hard drives and high-performance video cards. Many users configure their PCs themselves in order to have just what they are looking for. One of the big mistakes that are made when buying the components of a PC is to choose a poor quality power supply to save costs. In the Data Recovery lab we often see hard drives damaged by failures of this component.
Saving on the power supply can bring us problems, since it is the element responsible for supplying energy to the entire system (motherboard, disks, external hardware …). If it fails, it can cause serious electronic damage to those other parts – which in turn have a high cost – and of course can be a cause of data loss if an electrical failure affects the hard drive.
An investment for today and tomorrow :
The temptation to choose a cheap power supply is easy to understand, since it is possible to find a 700W power supply for € 60, while others of similar or slightly higher power (for example, 850W) can be around € 240. Naturally, the price difference is reflected in the quality and performance: from the number of inputs / outputs available, to the noise generated by the source (which can be very annoying, especially if we leave the PC on at night downloading files).
There are many other parameters that make a power supply better and consequently, more expensive. In what aspects is this higher quality noticeable? For example, in that our equipment will have greater protection against power surges, in case of thunderstorm, etc. In addition, a good power supply will facilitate that in future extensions of our PC we do not have problems to connect new parts; keep in mind that the new components that are appearing are increasingly powerful and with greater capacity, but also consume more.
Data recovery due to a broken power supply :
In the Linkedin data recovery service we have received many disks damaged because of the power supply, with the possibility of losing important files stored on them. Suddenly, the user has encountered the “dead” PC, or has seen that the system tried to boot but did not detect the hard drive.
In many of these cases, the electrical failure affects the controller board of the disk, although sometimes the heads also break down. Our technology center performs a free diagnosis of the fault and has different data recovery techniques for each type of failure. For all the above, it is important that when configuring a PC we take into account choosing a good power supply, since it is a critical element for the operation of the PC and the health of our data.