How Can You Tell When A Hard Drive Is Failing?
It is a shame that most things in life, hard drives included, tend to not give us very much warning when they are about to stop working the way we expect them to. Although hard drive manufacturers claim that the failure rates on their products represent only a small percentage of a percentage, at least for the first 5 or 10 years you own them, studies done by major universities placed the real numbers much higher.
Either way, the fact of the matter is that eventually, you may well have a hard drive that is going to fail, and there might not be a lot you can do about it. If you are careful, however, you may notice two distinct signs that things are headed for trouble:
1) Your hard drive is making a loud clicking sound. It goes without saying that this is not a good sign, but don't make the mistake that many computer users do and simply ignore a hard drive that is clicking loudly. It is only a matter of time before it fails completely and you lose all your data.
2) You suddenly have trouble accessing files and data. In the same way, if you are finding that new error messages are popping up, that drives can not be found, or that you suddenly develop other problems with your computer, then a failing hard drive may be the culprit.
In either of these cases, it's absolutely critical that you do not try to fix a failing hard drive by yourself. Instead, call a member of our team and get started with the data recovery process before it's too late.