Even the ‘hardness’ of the hard disk can’t escape severe defects from the usual wear and tear. Just like our bodies when we’re sick, we tend to give out these warning signals before these storage devices go blank.
Here are five common signals our HDDs are requesting for a sub:
1. Disappearing Files
You may find a file or two missing from your hard drive if you’re lucky, if you’re not, you may lose as much as a folder and more. Several factors may cause this data loss, including file corruption, malware infection, and automatic file movement or hiding.
2. Computer Freezing
Be wary if your computer finds it usual to freeze lately. There could be damages to one or more sectors of your hard disk drive making the computer slow down or need a hard reboot.
3. Corrupted Data
At least ten reasons may cause corrupted data or files on your computer. Most of these are related to a failing hard disk drive, including a worn out device due to long-term use or excessive static electricity exposure, or the already defective parts that no longer reads data hence, creating corrupted files.
4. Bad Sectors
Overwriting your hard disk drive may repair any logical bad sector or two on your computer. However, in the unfortunate event that external or physical factors cause the bad sectors, your hard disk drive will need a replacement as it no longer qualifies for a repair. Any damage such as the HDD head touching some parts of the drive thus causing defects or worn-out parts.
5. Sounds of Death
Experts in the late nineties coined the term “click of death” for the often fatal sounds produced in failing hard disk drives. In cases when the drive no longer moves as expected or correctly, the disk controller attempts to reposition the head hence, there will be an audible snap. Continuous noise may mean an unrepairable damage to your drive.
If you notice one of these symptoms persist, better have an expert check your drive. While a repair may involve additional expense, it will nothing compared to lost files and unnecessary hassle once your computer goes dead. Better do something urgent than be sorry.