The Importance of a Class 100 Cleanroom for Drive Repair

Data loss looms as an ever-present danger to businesses that use computers in their daily operations. At the very least, inaccessible data will disrupt operations. If essential, critical files cannot be recovered, the company could face termination of services entirely unless the company has dedicated server.

disaster recovery management, therefore, should be an integral part of any company’s business planning. Software solutions can sometimes remedy logical drive failure on PCs and data servers. However, a physical drive failure must be repaired by a data Solutions service. Physical drive failure can be the result of several factors:

Normal wear and tear on drive components can eventually cause physical damage.

Voltage spikes can cause electronic and electrical failure in the drive.

Improper handling of a computer can cause physical damage to the drive components. Dropping a laptop computer, for example, can cause damage to the delicate read/write heads of the drive.

Physical drive failure is often indicated by strange or unusual noised emanating from the computer. Clicking or grinding noises mean that the read/write heads have become worn or damaged. The computer should be shut down immediately to prevent further damage. A “Drive Not Found” error message could indicate electronic component failure or electrical component failure, such as drive motor damage. In these instances, hard drive crash recovery should be made by a qualified professional service.

Because data is so critical to business operations, a potential recovery service should be well researched to validate their expertise, qualifications, and equipment. If the company uses Windows-based PCs, the recovery service should be experienced in NTFS file recovery. Recovery from Macintosh or Linux computers will require expertise in those operating system file formats.

The equipment used in physical drive repair must follow stringent requirements and be adequately maintained. A class rating denotes adherence to federal standards. An ISO rating shows international Standards Organization qualifications. These ratings refer to the cleanroom environment in which drives are disassembled and repaired. Dust and contaminants in the air will damage the delicate drive surfaces; therefore, they must be controlled. A federal Class 100 rating and an ISO 5 rating mean that there are fewer than 100 particles per 100 cubic feet of air of contaminants measure greater than 0.5 micrometers.

Atmospheric contaminant control is accomplished by the use of high efficiency ultra-low particulate air filters, also known as ULPA filters; additionally, the filters must be adequately maintained. Control of contaminant is further supported by the use of a class-rated gowning antechamber. Using the antechamber removes particles from the repair personnel before they enter the cleanroom environment.

Checking the qualifications of a file recovery service, before disaster strikes, will ensure that a business’s data is handled correctly when needed.