Signs and Symptoms of Hard Disk Drive Failure

What is the worst thing that can happen to your hard disk drive? You said it, it crashes! But what about all your important information you had stored on it? How will you ever be able to get all those back? The worst part is, you never saw it coming; or at least, you had no idea what the crash signs and symptoms were, so you did not know what to look out for! Well that’s why we’re here- to help you pinpoint those signs and symptoms of hard disk drive failure. So, you won’t get blindsided by such a failure in which case, the only thing to do would be to turn off your PC and call a data recovery specialist.

The first thing you need to know is, you hard drive will fail! As horrible as it sounds, all hard drives gradually over time lose its effectiveness and eventually fail. Okay, now that we have that bit of important information covered, we can now look for the signs!

One of the first signs includes your computer slowing down while saving and loading files. Here, the file may not load or even save and an error message eventually occurs after numerous minutes of the hourglass spinning. The frequency of this occurrence is a precise indication that some alterations need to be done to your hard drive. Another sign is also strange, slow, unusual crashes. With this, the computer freezes and you lose all control and the only thing you are left to do is to shut down. It might also be followed by continuous freezes by your keyboard and mouse (even though at times, it is just the hardware going bad). A more serious sign and symptom includes unusual sounds. Whether it is the whirring or buzzing of mouse clicks, whenever this occurs, a computer specialist should be contacted immediately as usually when these types of noises are heard, shortly after the hard drive fails; as these sounds may be the result of a broken actuator arm of the failure of a servo motor. Additionally, if there is no sound from the hard drive to indicate that is reading or writing from a storage device while it is, then there is a big problem with the drive! This is due to excessive heat being released by the Central Processing Unit which causes some components within the hard drive to expand and touch other components.

Now one of the most common signs of hard drive failure is system boot up problems. Sometimes when you press the power button to turn on, it refuses to due to the fact that the hard drive has corrupted boot record data or contains bad sectors. In such a case, it means your hard drive is in imminent danger as most times, booting is done from the hard disk and if there is a problem with it, then the computer will not boot up. Other little signs to look out for include file loss or corruption, multimedia files having a life of its own by skipping and being distorted as well as the blue screen of death appears. This blue screen appears with a lot of information written on it, basically means it is running a crash recovery program to recover data that has been lost.

When all is said and done, if you are experiencing more than one of these symptoms, then you need to back up all your information immediately and contact a computer specialist to take a look at your hard disk drive! Don’t think it won’t happen to you! So even if you are not having any of these signs, it will only be a matter of time before you will, which in that case, start backing up those files from now!


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