Compared to traditional hard disk drive, solid state drive indeed has many advantages in terms of speed and stability. But it still can fail due to too many bad blocks. This article will teach you how to identify if your solid state drive is about to fail due to bad blocks.
It’s known that a hard disk drive contains physical moving parts. But a solid state drive doesn’t have. This means that the solid state drive is exempt from old disk issues. But solid state drive is not flawless. Like bad sectors in the hard disk drive, solid state drive can also suffer bad blocks, which will result in drive malfunction and corrupt data. So no matter for hard disk drive or solid state drive, making a consistent data backup is extremely important. For example, if you’ve backed up PST files to another storage device, you can readily get back damaged PST data in the case of drive corruptions.
When a drive contains too many bad blocks or bad sectors, the drive will tend to fail. As usual, to recognize whether a hard disk drive is about to fail, the handiest way is to hear the drive to verify if there are grinding noises from the corrupted moving parts. But since solid state drive has no moving parts, hearing the drive is useless. Here are 4 signs to make sure if your solid state drive has too many bad blocks.
1. Files Cannot Be Accessed As Normal
When you attempt to open some files and try to write more data to them, if you receive any error messages, which inform you of failure in reading or writing. It is very likely that either the files are corrupted for some reasons or your solid state drive is facing more terrible troubles, including too many bad blocks. In this case, you’d better take further actions to carefully check the health of your solid state drive.
2. Errors Involving File System
Have you ever seen any error messages related to file system corruption? At best, they may result from not closing your computer incorrectly. At worst, they may suggest that your solid state drive is containing too many bad blocks, namely bad sectors in hard disk drive. As usual, many operating systems come endowed with a utility to fix the corrupt file system. Provided that you’ve found any suggestions to launch the tool to fix this issue, just follow the steps on the screen.
3. Frequent Computer Crashes When Booting
Assuming that your computer frequently crash when booting but it still can work properly after you select “reset”, there are great chances that a failing drive is the culprit. Hence, you would be required to firstly back up all of your data as soon as possible. And then utilize some scandisk tool to diagnose the health of your solid state drive. If you have an effective and current backup in hand, you can also try to fix the issue by formatting the drive.
4. Cannot Write New Data to the Disk
If you still can read data but always get rejected when trying to write data to the solid state drive, chances are that your disk is working in read-only mode, which is abnormal. In this case, you shouldn’t thoroughly abandon the drive. You can try to connect it to another computer as an external hard drive. Please note that you shouldn’t boot this computer from this solid state drive. After booting, you ought to figure out if the drive is still in read-only mode.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair corrupted mdf db and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com