8 Ways To Prevent Laptop Hard Drive Failure

Watch Out For The Early Warning Signs


We have all been there. Your faithful computer, where you have kept the most important information in your life, suddenly fails “without warning”. You panic, you make frantic telephone calls to request assistance, you try to reboot the computer several times, you perhaps bang the darn thing a bit hoping to bring it back to life, but unfortunately there are no signs of life. Hard drive failure can be a catastrophic event, but what early detection signs can you use to prevent this from happening?

Let’s face it, most of us rarely back-up our files as frequently as we should, therefore  when a “Datageddon” hits, the consequences can be dire. The key principle to protect yourself from a possible hard drive failure, is to watch out for the warning signs and to take a proactive approach, as the old saying goes “Preventing is better than cure”. So the common early warning signs to watch out for that tell you that a hardware failure is imminent are as follows:

  1. You get frequent and cryptic error messages while performing typical activities like moving files
  2. You see folder and file names that are scrambled and changed
  3. Files and folders keep disappearing from your computer
  4. You experience really long wait times to access folders and files
  5. Your hard disk is silent for a long period after you request data by opening a file or folder
  6. You garbled output from open files or printing
  7. Your hard drive grinds away constantly because of noisy bearings
  8. You experience frequent crashes, particularly when booting up Windows

If you experience any of these signs, then you must be on high alert, and should back up all important files on your files immediately. You can also do yourself a big favour by consulting a technical person that can run some diagnostic tests on your hard drive to check its state of health. Also remember that the drives most prone to failure are the older, electro-mechanical devices that store data on a rapidly spinning disk. Modern solid state drives (SSDs) fail as well, but it happens less frequently. It’s still however important to be vigilant, even if you use the latest cutting edge technology


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