Mac OS from Apple has been around for a long time now, and the fact that Mac is growing in demand, just goes onto show, the popularity that this operating system is gaining among the masses. However, Mac can only be compared with Windows in terms of its popularity as it is entirely different from Windows in many ways. This is because, Mac comes as a standard feature of Apple computers, while Windows is an operating system that needs to be installed separately on PCs and one that is not included as a standard feature. But there are some storage devices that are used both on Windows and Mac and one among these is the external drive. In this article we will discuss in detail about external disk drive on Windows and Mac, and its related issues.
The external hard disk is an external storage device similar to other storage devices like USB drive, memory card, etc. However, unlike these devices that make use of flash memory for data storage, external storage drive is more like the conventional drive which makes use of hardware components like platters, spindle, motor etc. These external hard disks usually have large storage capacity and hence are made use of widely. The very fact that they are similar to the conventional hard drives makes it prone to all issues common among hard drives. Logical data loss issues on an external hard drive on Mac can be handled using a Mac External hard drive recovery tool.
One common issue with the external storage drives is an issue that is common on the conventional storage drive. It is the issue with the damage of the platters of the hard disk. The platters of the external hard storage drive have a tendency to get damaged when the Read/Write head touches the platters causing physical damage on the platters. This could make some sectors of the hard drive unreadable leading to data loss. However, as this issue arises due to physical damage, data recovery software can be of no help in such a situation.
Another common data loss issue is with the formatting of the hard drive. This type of data loss occurs when the user ends up formatting the external hard drive either accidentally or is forced to do so, as there are times when the external hard drive becomes inaccessible or there is a potentially harmful file in the external hard drive. However, the user can recover files from formatted drive using a good data recovery tool.