Hard drive failure can be disastrous. It’s very important to always have a backup just in case of an emergency. In this article we will discuss:
“All mechanical hard drives will fail. We just don’t know when they will fail.”
Had a client call us last week saying his laptop computer wouldn’t boot and he was seeing check disc on the computer screen. We did some brief trouble shooting over the phone.
I asked if there was important data on the computer that he wanted to keep. “Yes, family pictures and documents I really need.”
The next day he brings the laptop computer by. Ran a full hardware systems check and the hard drive failed. Fortunately, after a few hours work we were able to recover all of his pictures and documents. For more information about our data recovery services, visit here.
We called our client back letting him know we recovered all of his data. He was absolutely ecstatic. He asked a very good question.
What Causes Hard Drive Failure? Is This Common?
This laptop computer had a mechanical hard drive installed from the manufacture when originally purchased. The computer and hard drive was roughly 4 years old.
2 of the top causes of hard drive failure are:
- Heat is the #1 enemy to your hard drive. Inadequate ventilation can cause serious damage to your computer.
- Physical abuse caused by vibrations, bumping and jarring due to mobility. This is fatal for mechanical hard drives especially if they are writing data when bumped.
We replace more hard drives in laptops vs desktops due to overheating and being moved around. It’s important for proper ventilation on all computers especially laptops.
How to Avoid Hard Drive Failure
All this can be avoided by upgrading your hard drive to a SSD (Solid State Drive). This will decrease the odds of failure by tenfold. I wrote an article about mechanical hard drives vs SSD. If you’re in the market to purchase a new laptop, consider purchasing one with a SSD already installed.
SSDs have no moving parts and they stay cooler. Plus, the performance of SSDs are on average 5 times faster than mechanical hard drives.
It’s time to be out with the old and upgrade to the new. It’s worth it, we promise. Once you try an SSD you will not go back. We practice what we preach!
For the do-it-yourselfers, here’s an article how to install a new hard drive.
In case you have experienced hard drive failure. We offer a data recovery service. Call (864) 881-1675 and we can recover your lost data.