The post provides a detailed explanation on the logical corruption of data, its causes, as well as symptoms. It suggests an automatic data recovery via third-party hard drive recovery software preserving the internal structure of the files.
The logical error in a hard drive can be considered a bug that prevents it to function correctly. If a drive contains any logical error, it will start normally and shut down appropriately; the only difference would be its functionality. To put simply, a logical error is a type of damage that occurs internally on the data storage drive. This kind of error occurs due to software issues or damaged file structure.
The error produces incorrect or unintended output and abnormal behaviour that is difficult to recognise at the initial stage. Logical error occurs in logical partitions of the storage media. The partitions that are built to separate a different kind of data on the hard drive are referred to as logical. The logical partitions segregate system data, applications, and user data. Since all the partitions on the hard disk are significant, any sort of failure is not acceptable, and hard drive recovery becomes necessary.
What Happens in Case of Logical Failure?
Since the logical damage does not affect any of the components of the system, the internal structure is harshly damaged if the error is not timely detected. Such error enables the BIOS to access the system hard drive, but the data stored within it remains inaccessible. In severe cases, Windows fails to read the hard drive and is not able to mount the existing partitions on media. You can hear the spinning sound, but the hard drive is not read by system BIOS.
A number of reasons are responsible for the occurrence of logical errors. Most common reasons are:
- Operating System Error:
Operating system errors also known as registry errors occur due to incompatible software apps, infected programs, virus attacks, system file corruption or similar failures.
- MBD (Master Boot Record) Failure:
MBR locates within the first sector of the storage media and provides incorrect booting instructions to the operating system when turn inaccessible. Due to this, the hard drive fails to boot appropriately.
- Improper Shutdown:
Abrupt system shut down or incorrect termination of applications sometimes cause damage to the file structure and makes the hard drive inaccessible.
- Accidental Deletion of Data:
In some cases, the drive is formatted accidentally or the partitions are reformatted unintentionally. This causes inaccessibility of hard drive as the internal structure of the file is damaged or the files turn corrupt and display logical errors.
In the instance of logical corruption, it does not require you to detach any of the hardware components as the damage persists internally within the data structure. The symptoms can be summarised as disk errors or file errors, data deletion or disappearance, slow performance of the system, application shutdown, etc.
The moment you begin to encounter any of these symptoms, take a backup of your data. However, if everything occurred without your knowledge, then there is damage or corruption on the hard drive. As there is no time to backup your data, you will then have to search for data recovery options.
In such cases, there is no built-in utility that can be used to recover lost, deleted, and logically damaged data. However, you can employ an efficient hard data recovery solution for auto recovery of all possible data contents. Stellar Phoenix Hard Drive Recovery can be utilised to recover every single bit of logically damaged data from the hard drive.
The tool proficiently detects all the partitions existing on the hard drive within the panel. It allows you to select a partition from which data needs to be recovered and as soon as any of the partitions is selected, the scanning procedure begins to retrieve the lost data. Once the deleted, formatted or lost data is retrieved, it can be restored to user defined location on the hard drive.
How Logically can Damaged Data be recovered?
To understand the overall functionality of the hard disk recovery tool in detail, follow the steps below:
- Download and Install the Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery Software
- Now, click on Drive Recovery module from the home screen
- Here, in the under “Select Volume to Recover Data” section, you will see all hard drive partitions along with internal and external storage media.
- Click on Settings option from the toolbar in order to configure settings
- In the flying pane on the right side, click appropriate recovery option among Normal Scan and Advanced Scan
- Normal Scan executes faster scan on the selected partition for quick recovery of data. This scan is recommended in case of minimal data loss where a low level of corruption persists.
- Advanced Scan is advised to be performed on partitions where the damage is of higher level and a large amount of data gets disappear
- Once the scan is completed, all the deleted and existing data components will be displayed within the tool
- Select the files that need to be restored by clicking on the associated checkboxes
- Next, provide destination path to restore the data on hard drive
Recover Lost Partitions & Images
The hard disk recovery tool also allows recovery of lost volumes and this module helps to retrieve data in case of severe logical corruption. The working procedure is similar to the above-mentioned process. While recovering lost or deleted volume, the tool provides the option to perform a Quick or Deep scan on the hard drive.
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery provides the option to recover lost images and restore it back to the hard drive. The quality and resolution of the image files are maintained throughout the recovery procedure. All the images are restored considering security and integrity parameters of the files. Images can be recovered even if the file structure or header is damaged severely.
The tool recovers data from logically damaged FAT, exFAT, and NTFS file systems. It works on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP and Vista versions with the capability to recover data from 2TB storage media. More than 300 file formats can be recovered effectively with just a few clicks and all retrieved data can be restored to its original format and structure.