Having an old and dying hard drive on your computer is not far away from losing your data on the drive. This article will introduce 5 top signs that can inform you of a failed hard drive.
As you know, a hard drive is totally a repository of your data. Therefore, it is apparent that if the drive fails, your data will go away definitely. Few people have ever attached importance on the lifetime of hard drive. They may think that their hard drive is absolutely safe. But in reality, it can crash without warnings. Thus it is time to acquaint ourselves with how to identify whether a hard drive is dying and take timely actions to prevent losing data.
1. Poor PC Performance
Undoubtedly, the most apparent sign is that your PC always responds slowly. For instance, you frequently encounter a variety of cryptic error messages when you just take daily and simple operations, like copying files. Of course, OS malfunction can lead to these situations as well. But if these problems persist in Windows safe mode or in a fresh operating system, there are great chances that a hard drive on this PC is gradually failing.
2. Failure to Access Files
When you find that some files are somehow corrupted even if you have saved them without any errors, or the files disappear abruptly, you should start to get worried. This kind of scenarios is a representative sign for hard drive failure. In the first place, you ought to rescue the corrupted files. For example, to repair PST file, obtain a top-of-the-line tool, like DataNumen Outlook Repair. Next proceed to check if a hard drive is indeed going to die.
3. Grinding and Strange Noises from Hard Drive
Furthermore, if you hear some harsh sounds from the hard drive when running programs, it indicates drive issues. The grinding noises may result from the magnetic head, which is attempting to read or write data and trying to recover by itself. Also, it suggests that parts of the hardware are failing.
4. Bad Sectors Detected Out
Bad sectors refer to the sectors on PC’s hard drives that are inaccessible due to permanent and severe damage. With bad sectors existing, data will absolutely get corrupted. However, due to the fact that bad sectors can be concealed easily by OS, it is a bit difficult to detect out automatically. Therefore, it demands you to check manually. You can right click one hard drive on your computer and choose “Properties” from its context menu. In “Properties” dialog box, switch to “Tools” tab. And lastly, click “Check now” to launch a manual disk scan.
5. Warning of S.M.A.R.T.
So-called “S.M.A.R.T.” is Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology. It is a monitoring system in computer hard drive. It can detect and notify the users of the drive failure. But it would be too late already, as the hard drive failure and disaster may have taken place before you get the warning of S.M.A.R.T.
Backup Your Data Right Now!
Now that your hard drive is about to die, the first and most important action is to back up your data right now. Otherwise, you will loss them forever. It is a good habit to backup data only when you are confronted with the dilemma. You should make data backups at regular intervals, ensuring that the backups can be up-to-date and have the maximum value.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql recovery and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com