How to protect your hard drive

Hard drive
The Hard drive is one of the most fragile components inside your PC or laptop, it is also the disk that stored all your data. The most common repair we do is hard drive replacements.  Hard drives are mechanical disk drives that have many moving parts such as the platter and the head,  the computer user can take many steps to avoid damaging the hard drive. Many of these steps listed below are aimed at laptops, but the same also applies to desktops.

  • Never give your machine sudden shocks especially while turned on.
  • Avoid carrying your laptop around when the machine is powered up, this is one of the most frequent causes of hard drive failure over time.
  • Always backup your data, even if you do your best to look after the hard drive, sometimes they fail for no other reason than faulty manufacturer or normal wear and tear.
  • Always shutdown your machine once you have finished using it, this ensures the hard drives head is locked into its parked position, imagine a turntable, you wouldn’t move it with the arm unlocked.
  • Always ‘safely remove’ external hard drives before unplugging them.
  • Never force the computer off without shutting it down.

Signs the hard drive is already failing

There are often warning signs the drive is about to fail some of these include:-

  • Slower than usual boot up time, though many issues can cause this, the hard drive is often a likely suspect, at the boot process involves reading files from the hard drive and copying them into the Random Access Memory (RAM).
  • A ticking sound, while some drives are noisier than others, a tick tick sound is often the sign of hard drive trouble ahead.
  • Lockups and random freezing,
  • Check Disk (CHKDSK) often wanting to do a scan on bootup.
  • The hard drive light is always on, this often means the hard drive is struggling to read the files it needs.