What is “ATA Password Lock” to prevent theft or loss of HDD / SSD or PC?
It is common for personal information and confidential company information to be stored on an HDD or SSD built into a personal computer. Therefore, if your computer is stolen or lost, important information may be extracted from the HDD or SDD. In case of theft or loss, it is important to take measures in advance so that the contents of the HDD or SSD cannot be seen by others. One method is “ATA password lock” introduced this content. However, since this ATA password lock is a very strong security feature, if you use it incorrectly, you may not be able to access your data yourself. Let’s learn how to use it correctly in this content.
1. ATA password lock that restricts reading and writing of an HDD / SSD itself
2. How to set and unlock ATA password lock
3. What if you forget or don’t know your password?
If you lock the ATA password, you no need to worry about your data being seen by others even if your computer or HDD or SSD is stolen or lost. However, since the data is recorded unencrypted, it is easy to see if the password is known. Also, if you forget the password, not only you lose the data, but you are not be able to use the HDD or SSD itself. Be careful.
What to do when an HDD shows “Parameter is incorrect”?
When you try to use an external HDD, SSD, and USB memory, and insert them into a USB port, you get an error saying “E: \ (drive) cannot be accessed. The parameter is incorrect” and they are not recognized. This error indicates that there is a problem with a drive, and if something goes wrong with something other than the main boot disk, such as an external drive, USB stick, or a second or more internal disk. If there is a problem with the main drive for booting, an OS itself will not boot. Let’s calmly deal with this situation by following the procedure introduced this content.
1. What is the cause of the error that “Parameter is incorrect” is displayed?
2. What to do if a message “Parameter is incorrect” appears while using an HDD
3. How to prevent “wrong parameter” error?
The “wrong parameter” error is one of the most difficult phenomena to repair related to optical discs, though it occurs relatively frequently. If you face this error, try the steps introduced here. However, if you are not confident that you can do it yourself, consult a specialist as soon as possible. If you want to surely rescue the data stored in HDD, SSD, and USB memory, asking the specialists are still safer. In addition, in order to prevent such errors and avoid data loss in an unlikely event, it is important to handle HDDs and SSDs according to the correct procedure and to make frequent backups. Be sure to back up important files to another location.
How can I retrieve data when an HDD or SSD is no longer recognized?
In some cases, when using a PC, it suddenly stops starting one day, or the startup stops halfway and you cannot proceed further. Such cases occur when an OS such as Windows is damaged, or when a part of an HDD or SSD is damaged and normal reading cannot be performed. The other cases, an external HDD or SSD cannot be read. In both cases, the data may be safe at the initial stage. If these happens, follow the steps below to retrieve your important data before it is lost.
1. An internal HDD / SSD
2. An external HDD / SSD
As you can see, how easily data can be retrieved from an HDD or SSD depends on whether it is physically damaged. If you are not confident that you can take it out yourself, consult with a store where you purchased it or a nearby PC shop. And since it takes time and effort to remove an HDD or SSD from the main unit or purchase parts to retrieve the data, it is still the best preventive method to keep a backup.
Not only HDDs and SSDs, but also DVDs and USB memories can be used. So it is important to copy your data to another medium anyway. One option is to use a cloud service that automatically makes backup online. HDDs and SSDs are consumables and no one can predict when they break. Always keep a backup in case of an accident.
What is the proper disposal method when a used PC or external HDD / SSD is no longer needed?
It is said that the life cycle of a PC today is three years. As the price of PCs drops rapidly, it may be common for manufacturers to design with a durability of about 3 years. For individual use, it may be used for a little longer though, for companies, it often takes about three years to replace it with a new model. If you buy a new PC, you may dispose of the old PC, however the PC has an internal HDD or SSD that contains your important data. If they are thrown away without data erase, they may be extracted by someone and may be misused. This content introduces how to properly dispose of used PCs, external HDDs, and SSDs.
1. How to properly dispose of a PC
2. What if you want to dispose of an external hard drive or an SSD
3. About HDD data erasure
4. Is it possible to reuse HDDs and SSDs?
Since various data is stored in either an HDD or SSD built into a used PC or an external HDD or SSD, it is not recommended to throw it away unnecessarily. Even if you erase the data on the surface, it may be restored by using special software or technology. Be sure to completely erase the data at your own risk. Or, if you cannot do it by yourself, ask a reliable specialist. Occasionally, you may try to puncture or destroy an HDD or SSD yourself with a hammer or drill, however since this is dangerous and may not lead to complete data erasure, it is not recommended.
For companies that process a large number of HDDs and SSDs in a year, using a device such as an HDD destroyer help you safely destroy them.
What to do if an HDD or an SSD does not boot?
One day, when you turn on your PC to work, you wonder why it does not start. In this case, there are several causes though, most of the time it is a temporary malfunction and may starts when you turn it on once again. Also, in reality, there are quite a lot of cases where an SD card, external HDD, and USB memory are left inserted and read before an HDD of the main unit. Depending on a settings of a PC, if they are inserted, they will be read preferentially, but of course they do not start because there is no OS such as Windows, and they stop with a black screen. (A few years ago, floppy disks were often left inserted in similar cases.) If these are the causes, you don’t have to rush because an HDD of the main body will start normally if you unplug everything inserted in the main body of the PC and turn on the power again. However, if these are not causes, but an HDD or SSD built into a PC does not boot, there is a little troublesome problem. This content explains such a case.
1. An internal HDD does not start! An internal SSD does not boot!
1-1. Case 1: When an OS such as Windows is damaged
1-2. Case 2: When an HDD or SSD is physically damaged
2. An external HDD does not boot
There are several reasons why an HDD and SSD do not boot, but as explained here, it is very difficult to rescue data due to corruption. An HDD and SSD have a limited lifespan, and it is not possible to know when they breaks, so it is important to keep a backup at all times. If you save the data in two or more places, such as the main unit and the external device, you can rest assured that the data will remain even if one of them breaks. Let’s make a backup of your data and photos so you don’t lose them.
What is the connection standard for HDD and SSD? Let’s learn the type and difference
HDDs and SSDs are devices that write and read data. Although there are differences in capacity and data transfer speed, many people may think that they are basically the same. However, in reality, there are differences in the interface (connection standard). This content introduces connection standards for HDDs and SSDs in detail. Remember this when purchasing a new HDD or SSD so that you may not have any trouble.
1. What is the HDD / SSD interface (connection standard)?
2. HDD connection standard
3. SSD connection standard
4. USB2.0 and USB3.0
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HDDs and SSDs have different performances and functions depending on a connection standard. When purchasing or adding a new HDD or SSD, including an external HDD, we recommend that you check the compatible connection standards for both your main unit and peripheral devices to be connected in advance.
Erased important data accidentally! HDD and SSD data recovery method
Many people have experience of losing data due to unexpected troubles or accidentally erasing important photos and files while using a personal computer. It is most important to always keep a backup in case of an HDD and SSD failure or trouble, however some of you might not have a backup in case of sudden trouble. If you want to recover some data that you have deleted, you may recover the internal data. This content explains how to recover an HDD and SSD data.
1. Recover data using software
1-1. HDD data recovery
1-2. SSD data recovery
2. Ask a professional contractor
3. To increase the probability of data recovery
Data recovery using software is not so difficult, so you may feel free to try it. However, this method works on only deleted files. When an HDD or SSD cannot be read in earnest, it becomes difficult to determine whether the cause is a logical failure or a physical failure. As mentioned above, if you can’t decide for yourself, it is better to ask a professional contractor as soon as possible.
* This content does not guarantee 100% recovery.
Procedure for sharing and saving data saved on HDDs or SSDs
Have you ever wanted to share data with other PCs while using your PC? Also, how do people who use personal computers at work, share files within the work place? There are many ways to share files. By sharing files, you can easily manage data on other PCs and eliminate the hassle of your work. One of them is to use an external HDD with NAS or a router. This content introduces a specific method for file sharing.
1. Use NAS
2. Use an external HDD or SSD as a file server
There are many ways to share data online, such as online storage services and cloud storage services. In addition, there are various types such as those that store data only on an online server and those that store the same data on both a backup device like as an HDD or SSD and an online server.
These have an advantage of being able to realize file sharing without any hardware, however there are also disadvantages such as being insecure and limited capacity because the data is stored on an online storage. Including NAS or an external HDD / SSD file server introduced here, firstly consider what kind of data you want to access and share it with whom and with how many people, and choose a suitable sharing method for you.
Do you want to replace an HDD / SSD? Let’s learn precautions and procedures
What should you do if your HDD or SSD of your computer deteriorates? Maybe some buy a new computer. However, if there are no major problems other than the internal HDD or SSD, do you feel that it is a waste to let go of your favorite computer? One of the countermeasures is to replace the internal HDD or SSD in your personal computer with a new one.
In addition, by replacing an HDD with an SSD, it is possible to improve the performance of your personal computer (HDD / SSD) and lead a more comfortable personal computer life. However, if you have never exchanged it yourself, you will of course be worried. This content introduces what steps should be taken to replace an HDD or SSD.
1. Benefits of replacing an HDD / SSD
1-1. Replace an HDD with an SSD [Improvement of performance]
1-2. Replace an HDD with an SSD and one HDD with the other HDD [Improvement of performance]
1-3. Replace an HDD with the other HDD [Improvement of capacity]
2. Clean installation and data migration
2-1. Clean installation
2-2. Data migration
3. How to replace an HDD / SSD
3-1. Check if your computer can be replaced
3-2. Prepare a new HDD / SSD
3-3. Remove an internal HDD / SSD of the personal computer and replace it with a new HDD / SSD.
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You can replace an HDD or SSD by yourself if you learn the procedure. However, there is a risk of failure, so if you want to avoid it, make sure that the computer can be replaced and that the newly prepared product comes with dedicated software before replacement. Also, it is safe to back up important data to another device.
HDD maintenance method to avoid panic in case of emergency
To check an HDD regularly if there is any problem leads to improved performance and prevents trouble of a personal computer. The most common way to check an HDD is to carry out “HDD check disk”. Since it is an HDD that stores important data, let’s self-maintain it so that it can be used smoothly by extending its life as much as possible. This content introduces how to maintain an HDD.
1. HDD check disk
1-1. How to check disk
2. Other maintenance methods
2-2. Delete unnecessary applications
HDD maintenance does not mean that you should perform check disk and defragmentation on a daily basis. This is because there is a risk of unnecessarily accelerating deterioration or causing problems. Although it depends on your usage situation, once a month or once every two weeks as a guide is recommended to keep an HDD in a stress-free state.