I don’t consider myself a computer nerd or anything, but I am familiar with a few, let me tell you. I realized early on that knowing everything from hard drive recovery to sending simple emails would need to be on my agenda, because let’s face it: we’re all slaves to our computers. Some great recent information I learned is that there are several signs that your hard drive is failing, but to backup and save files before it is too late is a crucial part of being a responsible computer user. Essentially, the only thing that can truly damage a computer or its hard drive is the user. That’s right – I’m talking about you and I. That caught me off guard.
This pretty awesome chunk of information caused me to investigate. There is one major system recovery feature that I did learn about. If I press and hold F8 right before Windows 8 begins to load, it will display the bar that will explain step by step exactly how to go through the hard drive recovery process from start to finish. Believe it or not, this is much easier than you may think. And to say that it can save you a lot of time and problems is a bit of an understatement.
Here Are A Few Signs Of Hard Drive Failure For You To Keep In Mind
Hard drives are not designed to last forever, just like any other part of a computer it can suffer wear and tear, and can and will eventually fail. It is important that you are aware of the signs of hard drive failure so you can handle it appropriately and swiftly. Just remember that backing up your files is one of the most important tips you can put into action. Because when and if the hard drive fails, you do not want to lose any crucial files that are often times irreplaceable.
Listen for strange noises, even thrashing or grinding sounds. Keep in mind that if you are hearing these sounds, backup all your critical files immediately as you probably do not have much time, if any. Another tell-tale sign of hard drive failure is the infamous disappearing files. Basically, it’s when you know you saved a document in a specific spot, and now it is gone. Or another sign is when your computer will not let you save documents at all. This is a great time to make a backup file, remove your hard drive and get it inspected and fixed.
Those are only just a few signs of hard drive failure, but there are many more. For instance, when your computer altogether stops recognizing your drive, this is a huge issue. Do not wait until your system completely crashes or the response times are practically null to get a professional to take a look.
DIY – Hard Drive Clicking
Everyone has heard of DIY projects on their homes before, but what about DIY projects on your hard drive? There is a suggestion floating around on the Internet that you can actually put your hard drive into the freezer in order to alleviate hard drive clicking and also be able to recover data lost from the disk when it fails. This article says no to that. I have never spoken to anyone who has actually tried this, but I can see why it doesn’t make a lot of sense.
If you are actually able to save your hard drive from a potentially catastrophic occurrence, I would think it might be enough of a reason to try it out. It is suggested that you take the hard drive out of your system entirely and place it in a plastic freezer bag. This apparently helps to avoid any condensation build up. Leave it in the freezer for multiple hours and in some cases even leave it overnight. When you pull it out, quickly put the hard drive back in and begin pulling your files off. This is a process that needs to be done expeditiously due to the fact you do not know when or if that annoying and fatal hard drive clicking sound will revisit. Does it work? I’m doubtful, but you never know.