Nowadays, everyone is online and use different computers and laptops to do their work, school stuff, and catching up with friends and loved ones. But if your computer suddenly crashes and blacks out, what do you do next? A hard drive crash is often called the “blue screen of death” which sucks all the stored data in your computer. What happens is the entire screen turns blue and you will be unable to access your files, photos, notes, and more. There is a difference between an operating system failure and the hard drive failure. Because compared to the operating system crash, wherein this is considered a logical failure, no matter what type of system you’re using – Windows or Mac – a hard drive crash is actually a physical failure wherein the hard drive has been exposed to either dust, rust, or what have you.
Fortunately, some hard drive failures don’t necessarily mean that all your data is lost (RAID servers, as an example, have different parameters). Some crashes just mean that your stored data is not as accessible readily but it is still intact, you just can’t get through to it. However, in some cases, a hard drive crash can mean absolute and complete loss of data, and in these cases, there aren’t much to do to recover said data.
Do Not Ignore The Signs Of Hard Drive Failure That May Be Right In Front Of You
While there are no clear cut signs of hard drive failure, there are some things that you can watch for in order to catch it before it is too late. What I mean by that is the fact that you do not want to lose any of your precious and often times irreplaceable files. Such as those photos, audio tracks, and cute or funny videos.
You would think that with the average lifespan of a hard drive being between 5-10 years you would never need to worry about it. Since we as consumers are replacing our computer equipment much more frequently than that. The issue lies with the fact that we are on-the-go community now and many have laptops or even external hard drives. These get moved around entirely too much which lessens their lifespan to approximately 3-5 years.
Be mindful and when and if you experience your computer getting slower, freezing up, or even if you get the blue screen of death. You need to immediately make a backup, do not delay this process. If you are having an absorbent amount of files that are corrupt or refuse to open at all, this is one of the most prominent signs of hard drive failure.
Clicking Hard Drive How-To
Imagine it: you’re working on a paper for school or for a report at work that has already taken almost eighteen hours of your day and as you are about to save the file, you suddenly heard a clicking sound and it seems to take forever before you finally get to save your draft. Are you about to panic? Don’t be, it might just be a clicking hard drive sound.
As one of the most important and sensitive parts of the computer, hard disk drives are where we store data. It is the part that works hard on storing, retaining, and retrieving all our files. Now a clicking hard drive sound may be annoying and might cause panic at first but don’t worry. Simply try to confirm first if it is indeed a clicking hard drive sound. If so, professional data recovery may be necessary. IF you have time, immediately start to backup all your data and files, if you haven’t already, then run check disk on your hard drive. See if there are any results on possible errors that are causing the clicking hard drive noises. Once you determine the cause of the sound, then you can go ahead and start fixing and troubleshooting accordingly.