We have had a lot of folks coming into our office recently needing data recovery because their hard drive failed. When they come in the question inevitably comes up “How do you know when your hard drive is going to fail?”
So your hard drive is going to fail, does your computer give you clues ahead of time that this is going to happen?. This is why it is extremely important to pay attention to your computer and take action immediately. If you do that, you can avert an emergency situation where you find yourself without a computer.
1. Clanking Noise. If you notice that you are hearing what sounds like a clicking or clanking noise from your hard drive when spinning that is a huge warning that your hard drive is going to fail. When you notice this you need to be sure to run a full backup right away. If you do not, you run the risk of the hard drive failing and once that happens a company such as ours may or may not be able to recover your data.
2. Slow Running Computer. One of the first signs that your hard drive is failing is that your computer starts running slower. Unfortunately, this is a signal of many other computer issues as well. A slow running computer could also signal that you have viruses or that it is time for maintenance to be performed on your computer. If you have had a PC Tuneup with Virus Removal completed and your computer is still running slowly it may mean that your hard drive is going to fail.
3. System Locking Up and Crashing. If your computer has been freezing up a lot or crashing. If you need to restart your computer multiple times a day, or if you are getting a blue screen when it crashes. These are all signals that your hard drive is going to fail.
4. Missing Files and Disk Errors. Have you saved a document but cannot find it exactly where you know it should be? Another clue would be programs that have always worked just fine, are no longer running properly.
5. Imminent Hard Drive Failure. We hate to be Captain Obvious here but if you are getting messages like Imminent Hard Drive Failure, Error 1720, HDD Failure odds are really, really good your hard drive is going to fail. You don’t know when.
We run into the situation all the time where customers think that because their computer is newer that they will not run into the situation where their hard drive is going to fail. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case. There are a number of factors that come into play with hard drive failure. For one, as the price comes down on computers we are noticing that some manufacturers are using less expensive components which are prone to failure sooner.
If you have a standard hard drive those are definitely going to fail sooner because those drives have moving parts. As most of us know, any sort of machinery with moving parts will eventually break down. On average, these types of hard drives will last around 4 years under normal usage.
While a ssd (solid state hard drive) is much more expensive than a traditional hard drive it may be worth the cost. Solid State Hard Drive’s do not have moving parts and generally speaking perform much better than standard hard drives. In an older computer, you most certainly will notice the performance difference when you switch from standard to solid state. With normal usage a solid state drive could last close to 10 years before failing.
Only you can make the decision whether standard hard drive or solid state drive is the way to go. I recently ran into this very situation when recently with my 3 year old laptop and decided to stick with a standard hard drive. I was paying attention to my computer and knew it was about to fail and was able to make the adjustments and decisions that I needed to before it happened.
The most important thing to remember if you suspect your hard drive is going to fail, backup the computer right away. Once the computer is backed up you can call your I.T. Professional to see if they are able to rectify the issue. They may very well be able to inexpensively swap out the hard drive and transfer the data from the old computer to the new one.
When you know your hard drive is going to fail you may consider swapping out the hard drive yourself. If this is the case you can always call our office for some direction. We can help you sift through brands that we feel perform better or if you want compare going with standard hard drive or solid state drive.
Code Blue Computing is a Computer Support firm that is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado. They specialize in helping business owners maximize the productivity in their office through technology. You can call them at 720-746-9763 or email their office at [email protected]