We do a lot of Data Recovery here at No Ware Computer Repair for our clients who have a Hard Drive that has happened to fail on them. In most cases these Hard Drive failures happen at the worst possible time. One of the questions that these clients ask us is how they could have known that their Hard Drive was failing before it completely died on them.
Hard Drive failure can happen for any number of reasons. The main and most frequent one is simply age. The Hard Drive could be damaged if the computer was dropped or otherwise roughed up. Dust and dirt finds its way into those tiny little cracks, which can cause overheating. And of course, liquid spills can really damage a drive.
While the small clues we talk about here can be a sign of something else, they will give you an idea of what to look out for. Being able to recognize these issues in your computer will enable you to catch the disaster and take action before it strikes.
This is especially true for mechanical hard drives. These noises can be anything from a constant clicking to a pulsing “click click” when you start a program or access data. Another sound to listen for is a whirling kind sound that is at a different frequency than the usual spinning of the fans
Trying to access a file that just doesn’t seem to be there any more, seems to have encrypted itself, or is missing those three paragraphs you added last night can be frustrating! But it also can be a sign of a dying hard drive.
Slowing Down, Frequent Freezes, Blue Screen Of Death
Let’s face it, we all get older and start slowing down, freeze periodically due to lack of inertia and wish we could hold up a sign with “file not found” written on it. When experiencing any of these things while you are working on your computer, it can make you feel hapless and a little frustrated. While these could be signs of another problem, they can also indicate an impending Hard Drive crash.
If you are experiencing any of these signs it might be time to start looking into backing up your data before it is too late, and picking out a new hard drive to replace the old one.
Even if you aren’t experiencing these or other signs; that lead to data misfortune, keeping your data backed up at all times is just good computer hygiene.
If you’re seeing signs that the Hard Drive in your computer is about to crash, give No Ware Computer Repair in Grand Junction a call.