Is your hard drive failing?

We replace a lot of hard drives, in fact, it’s probably the most common repair we do. In most cases, we can recover the data before it’s completely lost, however sometimes it’s too late.

There are many reasons why hard drives fail but the most common reason we see is due to old age. Hard drives are complicated components, inside each hard drive, there are lots of spinning parts, and like anything that moves, they become slower and slower overtime until components start to fail.

We also see relatively new drives that have or are failing, especially in laptops. If a laptop is dropped, knocked or even moved while the hard drive is still spinning, this can damage the hard drive resulting in data corruption and loss.

Are there any signs my hard drive is failing?

Thankfully yes and it’s important to get your computer checked out if you spot any of these.

It’s slow and often freezes

If your computer feels slow or constantly freezes, this could be a sign that your hard drive is about to fail. The hard drive may be struggling to read data from certain parts of the disk which results in these slowdowns or freezes.

Corrupt files

If your computer says it can’t open a file because it is corrupt, this may be a sign that you need to get the hard drive replaced.

Computer won’t boot or load

This happens an awful lot with failing drives. One minute you are working on your computer and you shut it down and when you turn it on again, Windows won’t load because crucial files needed to load the Operating System are stored on a bad part of the hard drive.

Strange Noises

A failing hard drive will make strange noises. You might hear clicking or grinding and these will get louder during heavy use.

If you are experiencing any of the above issues, it’s important to stop using your computer and contact someone before it’s too late.

Luckily, we do this sort of work all the time, so if you think your hard drive is failing, give us a call on 01543 889 444

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