In this technology-oriented world, we all have our own digital stashes of data that includes software programs, movies, TV shows, pictures, and games, etc. We keep this data on our computers or laptops and we don’t want to lose this data in any situation. The data on our computers and laptops are stored in hard drives.
Like all other electronic components, hard drives have a lifespan beyond which it will start giving problems. The average life of a hard drive that is installed on a computer is anywhere between 5 to 10 years. Whereas that of an external hard drive is 3 to 5 years. A couple of factors affects the lifespan as well, which are handling and temperature variations.
If you have been using a hard drive for quite some time and wanting to know as to whether the hard drive is doing good or wearing down, then you need to pay attention to below-mentioned warning signs.
Sign 1: One of the most common signs of a dying hard drive is a slow computer or a computer that hangs way too much. The most obvious sign that you can see is the ‘Blue Screen of Death’. Therefore, if you are experiencing any of these signs, then you should arrange a device for data backup. While these symptoms are not indicating a dying hard drive, but it definitely indicates a malfunctioning hard drive.
Sign 2: Another sign of a dying hard drive is when you are trying to open files, but couldn’t do that because they have become corrupted despite the fact that you saved those files properly. Or, if you see the files disappearing from the drive, then that’s the clear indication of a hard drive problem.
Sign 3: A large amount of bad sectors is the indication of a hard drive in shambles. Bad sectors are those areas in a hard drive, which are masked by the OS automatically. You can identify those sectors, especially when using a hard drive with large data storing capacity.
You can check bad sectors in hard drives by going to the partition of the drive through ‘My PC’, then right-clicking on it in order to go to ‘Properties’ followed by going to ‘Tools’ and finally, clicking on ‘Error Checking’. You can optimize your hard drive as well by clicking on ‘Optimize & Defragment drive’.
The computer checks for bad sectors when you fully format it or when you enter ‘chkdsk’ command in ‘Run’.
Sign 4: If you hear a grinding or screeching sound coming out of the hard drive, then that’s an indication of a dying hard disk. If the peculiar sound is repetitive as well, then it’s time for you to get all your data moved from the hard drive you’re currently using to a new one. The repetitive sound you’re hearing is also called ‘click of death’, and it is produced when the head of the drive attempts to write and recover from errors at the same time. The grinding sounds that you hear come from the moving parts of the hard drive such as bearings and/or spindle motor.
You can’t stop a hard drive from wearing down, but you can save your crucial data in numerous ways. You can get a new hard drive and transfer all your data from the existing hard drive to the new one, or you can use cloud services such as OneDrive, Google Drive and many more. If you need help recovering data from your hard drive, contact your local experts at Keystone Data Recovery.