For any computer user, especially those individuals who create and manage the vast majority of their work on a computer, a hard drive failure is to be avoided at all costs — if possible. SSDs usually have a longer life span, but they can experience failures as well. Coping with a data drive failure can be a nightmarish situation, especially if you don’t make it a habit to back up your work every day.
You have options that start with backing up your files to the cloud along with an external hard drive. If you have mission critical files, you may want to back up those files on optical discs.
The Bottom Line With Hard Drive Failure
The bottom line is that mechanical hard drives are built with numerous moving parts that can fail. The wear and tear is from usage and other factors that will ultimately require a replacement. The most common hardware failures involve hard drives and power supplies. If the hard drive can’t be restored or replaced, plan on purchasing a new hard drive, or a new computer. In all probability, none of that is on your to do list, and we’d like to help keep you from having to make those decisions.
Heads Up For Warning Signs
It’s important to be aware of warning signs that indicate something is not working properly, so you can be prepared for the worst.
- Strange Sounds. If your computer starts to make strange sounds that are new to you such as clicking, ticking, screeching, or grinding sounds, this could be a signal that something is very seriously wrong.
- Computer Freezes. It’s not uncommon for computers to freeze and a good reboot usually solves the issue. If it becomes a repeat problem, the end may be near.
- Data Corruption. If reliable files become corrupt, your hard drive may be in a slow hard drive failure mode.
- Bad Sectors. Hard drives have hard and soft sectors that store limited data available to the user. Windows is able to repair a soft bad sector, since it’s usually a software issue that can be fixed by formatting the drive. A hard bad sector indicates physical damage, which can not be repaired.
If you feel comfortable, check for a bad sector by right-clicking the drive in My Computer. Select “Properties” and go to the “Tools” tab. Under “Error Checking” select the “Check” button. Windows will identify any bad sectors and try to fix it. If that does not work, it might be a gradual hard drive failure. If you are not comfortable checking your computer hard drive yourself, call Desert Data Recovery at 602-686-2622. We are trained to protect your data at all costs.