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How to Spot a Failing Hard drive

How to spot a failing hard drive

Before the era of cloud technology, hard drives were the primary storage devices for most of us. It was uncommon to meet a computer enthusiast who didn’t have at least two (2) hard drives, one internal (in the pc) and the other external (in a connectable USB case).

While this is still the practice today, most users have opted for cloud storage options. However, certain knuckleheads still prefer to keep personal data away from the internet for obvious security issues. The problem; if you lose your hard drive, you lose your data.

Here are some signs you should look out for to avoid paying exorbitant fees in trying to recover data from a damaged hard drive.

Clicking Noise

clicking noise hard drive

Nothing screams ‘ back up your files now!!’ like the clicking noise of impending doom. As soon as you notice a clicking sound emanating from your hard drive, buy a new one of equivalent or bigger capacity and backup all files. Alternatively, you may backup your files with a cloud storage service if you have no issues with that.

Don’t ask how you can tell that the clicking sound is from your hard drive. I assure you, you’ll know.

Blue screen

Blue screen

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57695586

You’re working on your pc, and all of a sudden, a blue 19’s-type screen with weird numbers of seemingly technical messages pops up, interrupting your job while sending cold shivers down your spine.

Kindly take a stroll to the nearest computer store and get another hard drive. Better still, call a professional computer technician to transfer your files to a new hard drive.

If you see the bluescreen, your hard drive is going to fail. It’s now a matter of when and how loud your sobs will be when it eventually does.

Disappearing files and folders

This one often seems like a problem sent by village people, but I assure you that your village folks are entirely innocent, at least this time.

Once your files and folders begin to disappear, kindly seek out effective ways to backup your hard drive before your data follows suit. A new hard drive costs between 10,000 Naira to 50,000 Naira depending on the capacity of the hard drive.

Note that this is for Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and not Solid State Drives (SDD)

Other factors to consider:

  • The operating system fails to boot

  • The internal maintenance environment displays issues with the hard drive.

  • You recently dropped your hard drive or pc (especially during operation)

If you’re unsure about the hard drive challenges you now face, kindly contact Zudera for a free 3-minute consultation and save yourself premium tears.

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