Although Mac computer is well-known for its dependability, it doesn’t mean that it can get away from hard drive failures at all. Hard drive failures can occur for various reasons and lead to data loss easily. Thus, to avoid the tragedy, we should learn to detect dying hard drives firstly. Here are 2 tips for you.
A healthy hard drive means a lot to computer users. It stores numerous precious data which play an important role in our personal lives and working lives. However, hard drives tend to corrupt easily, as would the drive in Mac. Thus we should take measures to protect our vital data before the hard drive gets corrupt. Now, let’s see 2 tips about how to detect a dying hard drive in Mac.
1.Keep an Eye on the Typical Symptoms
In general, similar to other computers, when a hard drive is about to die, some suspicious symptoms will appear during your operation in Mac.
You should pay more attention to following unusual performances which can help you detect dying hard drives early.
- Have problems with startup at times.
- Your Mac keeps hanging there from time to time.
- The computer is running in a rather sluggish manner.
- You may always receive odd “permissions denied” errors when accessing some files.
- You may always get the spinning rainbow wheel prompting you that the Mac is waiting for something.
- Hard drives have noises like clicking and grinding.
2.Check It by Using Built-in Tools –Disk Utility
If you want a relatively definite conclusion other than some uncertain suspicions, you can make use of an inbuilt tool in Mac called Disk Utility to help you check the hard drive. And before you start the work, it’s recommended that you should make backups for your data to safeguard them, like keeping Outlook backups to ensure a successful Outlook pst file recovery. Then you can refer to following steps that apply to 2 different situations.
1)You can start Mac normally.
- Go to “Applications” -> “Utilities” and open the tool.
- In the left panel, select Mac’s system disk.
- Then click the “Verify Disk” button.
- After the process, result will be showed in the main window. At this time, you should check the “M.A.R.T. Status” at the bottom of the window. If it says “verified”, then you don’t need to replace the drive. Otherwise, you ought to take a new drive into account.
2)You cannot start Mac normally.
When you meet a serious situation that you can’t boot your Mac as usual, and you want to figure out whether it is caused by the corrupt hard drives. Then you can utilize the Mac Install DVD to have a try.
- Firstly, install the DVD.
- Next start the Mac and press the “C” key at the same time.
- Then from the Mac OS X utilities window, you can select the “Disk Utility” tool.
- Now, you can repeat the steps from “b” to “d” in the previous method.
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