Computer systems have become prevalent, and a computer’s hard drive is a mechanical device, which is prone to break down or stop working at some point due to logical errors, physical damage or simply wear and tear. When this happens, a lot of important data that is stored on the drive maybe lost and lack of proper backups in place, you are not guaranteed to retrieve your lost data.
Most times, your hard drive will start to show signs of degradation before it finally fails. When these signs begin to show up, it is time to salvage your important files and information to hinder unnecessary stress and expense to retrieve your data after it’s too late. However, sometimes the hard drives do fail unpredictably without any warning, meaning these precautions should be taken whether the signs are there or not.
- Below shared are 5 signs your hard drive lifetime is ending:
Abnormal Grinding and Clicking sounds
When you hear any strange sounds coming from your computer, most likely is a sign of mechanical damage within the hard disk. Frequently, these sounds are telltale signs that the Read/Write heads on your hard drive are scrapping too close to the magnetic patters. It means your hard drive has a mechanical failure and will need to be replaced. This should be done before you start to lose important system files that could drastically affect the performance of your computer.
Takes time to access your files
Other times it could take a little bit longer to access your files than normal. If it consistently takes an incredibly long wait to access your files, this can be a sign that your hard drive has been compromised. The best solution is to have a reliable backup for all of your files and replace your hard drive before it crashes and you lose your entire data.
Blue screen of Death
The aptly named ‘Blue Screen of Death” happens when your windows system is experiencing problems. Usually, this setback can be fixed with a “repair install” of the operating system or by taking out a faulty device diver. If this doesn’t work, it is more often than not a sign of hard drive failure. After rebooting you computer in safe mode, back up your files in safe right away and if your computer is already crashed, you may need to contact a trustworthy data recovery company.
Files disappear mysteriously
When files begin to disappear and you are sure you haven’t deleted them by mistake, it is a likely sign of hard disk failure. Maybe the lost files are not important, but you may begin to lose significant system files that could hugely affect the performance of your computer. The ideal option is to shut down your computer and get it to a data recovery and repair specialist.
After receiving an error message saying that your BIOS cant access or doesn’t identify your hard drive, there is a hitch. BIOS may not read your drive at all, or it may recognize it as different models number than the one you actually have. It shows either physical or logical break to your hard drive and it needs to be replaced.
There are numerous of other signs to indicate the ending of your hard disk’s lifetime. If you experience any of these symptoms or any other odd sign with your PC, the best is to immediately back up every file in your machine. Data recovery is way expensive than any other computer repair services.