It would be very helpful for desktop users if hard drives go buzzing and frantically lighting up warning signs whenever they are about to fail. But unfortunately, the signs of failing hard drives are not that obvious and are even very subtle if they can manage to show up. These subtle indications should be detected early in order to prevent further hard drive damage. This signs could lead to data recovery problems if not immediately addressed. To avoid worst case scenario, here are some of the signs you should look for, every once in a while, to be aware of the current status of your desktop’s hard drive.
1. Excessive spinning and clicking noise
Most desktop and laptop hard drives, especially those drives designed today, are built to operate quietly and smoothly. There are even websites devoted to survey and figure out which desktop drive is the quietest to run, and since people and tech-fanatics in Singapore value quietness, that’s what Singapore hard drive manufacturers aim to achieve.
If you notice unusual sounds coming from your desktop when it starts to spin up, or you can hear loud clicking noise, there must be something wrong with the drive’s write and read heads. This problem will keep on getting worse until the drive won’t be able to spin up or the heads would finally crash to the platters, permanently or occasionally damaging the data stored on the drive. If left unattended for a longer span of time, this can lead to drive deterioration, causing data recovery problems.
2. Slow Writing and Reading
If you notice that your desktop takes longer than before to open up and save files, the problem may not be in the hard drive. Perhaps, the desktops memory is almost full, making the hard drive work harder. Defragmenting the drive and deleting some outdated data to free some space can help. If you’ve already tried this, and the unit is still writing and reading information at a slower rate, you’re might be heading to a hard drive disaster. The hard drive’s heads are not anymore functioning right and are moving too slowly, or could also be that they cannot read the information at all. If you’re experiencing this, start backing up your files.
3. Difficulty in Booting-Up
If your desktop is starting to experience difficulty in booting up, backup your files as soon as you can. The damage could possibly be in the part of the drive that knows the location of everything stored in the desktop. This part is what experts said to be the service track of the drive, which functions like a book’s “table of contents,” but way more complex than that. Same thing goes to hard drives that display models incorrectly in the computer’s input and output system. The manifestation shows that there’s something wrong with the service track or electronic components of the system.
In general, it is always safe to regularly run backup procedure on your unit, and pay attention to your desktop’s odd behaviors. Being cautious is the key to saving your important files and avoiding any form of data recovery problem.
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