Head crash

Updated: 04/01/2018 by Computer Hope

A head crash is a physical defect with a disk drive that causes the read/write heads to stop working. Head crashes may occur when the drive is jarred, material (e.g., dust) blocks the read/write head from the platter, or there is a defect with the read/write head or actuator. When a head crash occurs, the hard drive will not be able to read/write data, and the hard drive should be replaced.

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