The Hard Drive is the primary hardware component within your computer where data is downloaded to, saved, and stored. Since it receives data from all computer activities and retains it for future use, the hard drive is the most vulnerable unit to be affected by a computer Virus.
Once a seemingly powerful virus strikes and wipes out data or files on their computer, novices commonly jump to the conclusion that the virus damaged their hard drive and therefore need a new one. Yeah, replacing the old hard drive with a new unit seems like a quick and logical solution to get rid of a virus, but rarely, if ever, is necessary. Hence, naive consumers are willing to needlessly spend money on a new unit because they are convinced that their old drive is broken. Unscrupulous repairmen have replaced the hard drives and other pieces of hardware in customer’s computers as a way of making them spend more money, including the time and labor to install these new units.
Get Your Infected Hard Drive Work Again!
As the price of hardware has plummeted over the last decade or so, it just seems so easy to swap out an old part for a new one. Many virus victims have been fooled into thinking their units were fried or the heads of their drives crashed.
Is this true? Absolutely not! First of all, a hard drive is a mechanism of metal and plastic parts enclosed in a metal housing. Malware is just a chunk of programming code. How can a set of written statements physically damage a piece of hardware? Some viruses have deliberately been written to wipe out data and corrupt a hard drive’s boot sector, but that can be repaired even if the data on the sector has been destroyed. Just reformat the hard drive and reconstruct the boot sector and it should work again.