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The most breakable part on today’s desktops and laptops is the hard drive. Usually when those parts give you warning time, unless the computer or the laptop is physically abuse. But if you don’t recognize those warning signs you are risking to lose all or some of your data.
If you hear a cracking (scratching) sound coming from you PC it may be a little late but still turn it off right away.
Since a majority of people today own laptops, which get dragged around a lot, a realistic HDD lifetime is perhaps around 3 – 5 years. This is an extremely short time to reliably store important data. In the best of cases, hard drives fail slowly, giving you the chance to respond, get a copy of your data, and replace the storage device before facing a lethal failure.
1. Slowing Down Computer, Blue Screen, Frequent Freezes
These are very unspecific signs that can be caused by a billion different things. If these glitches occur after a fresh installations or in Windows Safe Mode, it is almost positive that it is due to bad hardware, and possibly a failing hard drive. However, regardless of what the issue behind these symptoms is, it is recommended that you immediately make a backup
2. Bad Sectors
Bad sectors are areas of the hard drive that do not maintain data reliability. They are automatically masked by the operating system and therefore hard to identify, especially if large amounts of the disk are currently in use.
3. Corrupted Data
If you’re beginning to find files that fail to open and are corrupted or if files suddenly disappear, you should get worried. While again this could be due to a lot of issues, it is also a typical sign for a slow but sure hard drive failure.
4. S.M.A.R.T. Data
There are tools that aim to predict hard drive failure by reading the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) data that is recorded by the operating system. Unfortunately, like most other methods listed above, S.M.A.R.T. is extremely unreliable in predicting hard drive failure and the disaster will often happen before the warning of S.M.A.R.T. kicks in.
5. Strange Sounds
When you hear strange noises coming from your hard drive, it may be too late already. A repetitive sound also known as the click of death is caused by the head as it is trying to write data and recovers from errors in doing so. Grinding or screeching noises indicate that parts of the hardware, for example the bearings or spindle motor, are failing.
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