Category: Computers

Hard drives are the basis of any computer these days - unless you are using solid-state technology which is still being perfected and isn’t captivating the mainstream of the IT industry yet. The use of computers comes down to the manipulation of data, and the hard drive is, of course, where we store all our personal data, music, documents, email and more.

Most of the components in your computer or a server are electronic devices. Some parts are moving while others are not. Hard Disks don’t typically fail with time like a mechanical device such as a car. But your hard drive is one of the few mechanical devices used in modern computing, and as such, it’s destined to stop working eventually due to wear and tear.

It’s important to learn to recognize the warning signs of an imminent hard drive failure, since you might not have the budget for an extensive back-up system. In this article we will educate you on the signs to look for in a failing hard disk. Since hard disk failure is imminent. It’s important that you take action if your hard disk is degraded and failing so that you can have authorITy Computer Network Consultants rescue all that data before it’s lost—sometimes forever, not retrievable at any cost. Your data is the single most important thing in your business. It must be protected at all costs.

Why do hard drives fail?

Logical failures occur when the electronics of the hard drive or the firmware of the hard disk has a problem. This kind of failure is usually the cheapest and simplest fix amongst all of the reasons a hard disk could fail. Unfortunately, it’s an uncommon failure compared other more extreme symptoms.

If the hard drive has been handled improperly or the internal media is scratched, or has read/write errors or formatting problems, then this would constitute as a media error. These are also relatively uncommon reasons for failure. Once the media is scratched, data is likely to be damaged. A head failure on a hard disk occurs when the read/write head makes contact with the media discs inside the hard disk (A crashed head), the head is improperly aligned with reading the media or the wiring between the logical board and the drive head is faulty among other failures related to malfunction of the read/write head. This is the most common failure. Head crashes are considered to be the worst scenario of drive failure. Mechanical failures make up the bulk of hard drive failures.

A hard disk can overheat, or other mechanics of the drive get stuck — something you expect to see when an automobile fails. These kinds of crashes can be very difficult to recover from and may require emergency recovery services by a qualified technician. If this type of hard disk crash occurs you might have a chance of recovery if the damage the drive head inflicted on the hard disk media disc is not extensive.

Are you hearing noises coming out of your hard disk?

Sometimes hearing strange grinding, banging and clicking noises coming out of your hard disk means your drive may be passed the point of being repaired — for instance, if you’ve had a drive head crash in to the media as it very often does when hard disk failure occurs. It’s also possible that the motor of the hard disk that turns the hard disk could fail or other mechanical components that work in conjunction with the motor have severely degraded. If you’re hearing some strange noises coming out of your hard disk that you haven’t noticed before, and your performance of your computer has degraded then it could very well be possible that your hard disk is erroring and failing. We recommend act very quickly in contacting a qualified IT consultant such as authorITy to assess the issue because the reality is you probably don’t have much time before complete data loss or complete failure occurs.

How do I find out when it’s going to fail before it happens?

There is no crystal ball that a IT consultant or professional have to predict when exactly a hard disk will fail, and sometimes a hard drive will provide no symptoms and just experience total failure — but it’s still important to keep an eye on the symptoms so you have the chance to back-up your data and get professional help.

A hard drive is an incredibly sensitive piece of hardware, so it’s not recommended to try and crack open its case and have an peek inside unless you know what you’re doing and are a qualified emergency data recovery specialist. You could be doing more harm than help by attempting this type of procedure. The internal components of a hard disk can be damaged from other elements including dust and dirt so they should be only opened in a clean room recovery environment. Just the slightest piece of dust or a fragment can destroy hard disk media causing complete data loss.

Back your data up or lose it!

It’s so much easier to take the proactive approach and back-up your valuable data than to have to get your data recovered. It’s also less expensive because of the costs associated with emergency data recovery and downtime to your business. Once you detect any of the signs of failure we recommend contacting a qualified specialist such as an authorITy Computer Network Consultant to examine your hard disk and make sure your data is safely backed up and secured if you do not already have an automated process in place doing this. This is so that when the drive finally quits, you may be able to claim your warranty if one applies, or purchase a new hard disk and have qualified specialist such as an authorITy Computer Network Consultant restore your data on the new hard disk device.

Emergency Recovery of a hard disk can cost thousands of dollars in some cases; but if your hard disk gets to the point of critical failure then there is not much you can do but have Emergency Data Recovery attempt to recover your valuable data. The cost of transferring a back-up of your data onto a new drive is much cheaper than performing an emergency recovery.

What to do if you think your hard disk failing?

Don’t try to play IT technician. If there’s time, get your data backed up. Contact a qualified IT specialist such as an authorITy Computer Network Consultant to assess your hard disk. Hard drives are very sensitive equipment. You don’t want to mess with them unless you know exactly what you are doing. When it comes to hard drives, just remember to keep an eye and ear on it and act quickly. Always keep extensive back-ups, and if such an event should occur you will have peace of mind that your data is recoverable and safe.

Contact authorITy Computer Network Consultants for all of your data back-up solutions.


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