11 Nov

Signs That Could Indicate Your Hard Drive Is About to Fail

We rely on our hard drive to store pictures, videos, music, documents, and other files. We trust that it will work correctly for a long time. However, just like other types of devices, hard drives do have a limited life span before they wear out.

Most hard drives on the market today are designed to last about 5 to 6 years, sometimes longer. It depends on the frequency of use, as well as the operating environment, humidity levels, and temperature.

Hard Drive Failure Symptoms

Quite often, hard drives will slowly start to fail with specific signs, to give you time to backup your data and prevent data loss including:

Sign #1: Your computer freezes, crashes, runs slowly, or you get the “Blue Screen of Death” more frequently.

These types of problems occur because the computer is not able to retrieve the necessary data or information off the drive. When there is an error, the computer does not know what to do so it crashes. The computer can also run more slowly and take longer to open, save, and close programs because of bad sectors on the hard drive.

Sign #2: The hard drive is starting to develop bad sectors.

Bad sectors are specific areas on the hard drive that no longer are capable of maintaining data. The operating system tends to automatically skip over these making them hard to find. If the hard drive is being used a lot, when it encounters bad sectors, you may notice the computer slows down or freezes briefly.

Most operating systems have a tool you can use to scan the hard drive to check for bad sectors. You can run this tool to see if it can recover data from the bad sectors. However, if there are too many the drive may be getting to fail.

Sign #3: You are getting corrupted data errors when opening files you recently saved.

Data corruption can occur from a wide array of issues, but this problem is a sign the hard drive is failing. If you save files without any problems, but then cannot reopen them later because of data corruption, chances are the problem is the hard drive.

Sign #4: The hard drive is clicking, grinding, or making other strange noises.

If you start to hear these types of noise quite often, the hard drive is getting ready to die. One cause for these noises is because the drive head is having issues reading and writing data onto the discs.

Even with these warning signs, there are still times when the drive can still fail unexpectedly, so you need to be prepared. The best way to protect against data loss is regular data backups either to an external storage device or the cloud.

In the event your hard drive failed and you have data you need recovered, Taking It Mobile is here to help. Feel free to contact us at 888.877.5002 (1-888-Call-TIM) to take advantage of our expert data recovery services today!

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