How to Spot Potential Computer Failure-An Analysis

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Did you know that hard drives can talk? They often do, right before they fail. Watch out for any hard drive failure warning signs and you can make a pre-emptive strike on replacing it before it dies. It’s a whole lot easier to deal with replacing your hard disk before it’s totally gone, trust me on this. Like all electronics, hard disks will fail at some point. Any electronics with moving parts, like hard disks, have even a higher failure rate due to the nature of the beast. But there are a few warning signs that many drives will provide before they go down for the last time. Here’s a quick list of common signs that your drive is about to fail: When you turn on your computer and there are clicking sounds or whirling signs but then it stops. This can often be the arm that moves the heads over the platters. This is a primary failure point. When you boot up you get a message that it can’t find an operating system or similar message. Your computer freezes (both bad RAM and hard drive can cause this) when you access a file. Your computer suddenly reboots (this can also be a power supply problem). Our website provides info on   PC Failure Warning Signs

Some of these signs will occur and you still have time to do a backup and replace the unit. You should not wait for anything else to happen since at that point it could fail at any time. Most drives will not fail immediately but it is possible. There are a few things you can try that may solve the problem if there is no real physical damage to your drive. Shut down your computer and check all the connections, you might even want to remove and replace each one to confirm a good connection. In the heating and cooling cycle of on and off some connections can work their way loose over a period of time.

Run a software utility from the properties menu of your hard disk that will check your drive for errors. Click on My Computer, find your hard drive (usually C), right click and select properties, and then on the tab labeled tools. Click on the button labeled check now. This will find and fix or mark any bad areas on your hard disk. This can take a long time on large drives.

At the first sign of trouble from your hard disk, you should not ignore it and immediately do a backup of important data. Once you have a good backup, then try to do the basic fixes mentioned above. Most computers these days have the restore information on the drive in a hidden partition. You’ll want to definitely make a copy of that so you can transfer to any replacement hard drive you install.

Many of the replacement hard drives have software included to copy the old information to the new drive. If you check the manufacturer’s website for software, they often have a free utility that can make the process pretty easy and painless. Of course you need to do this before your current drive fails. The key is to take action when you find out that there may be a problem. Don’t ignore the warning signs that something is not normal. Backup first, try the suggested remedies, and if you determine that there is a serious problem, go ahead and replace your hard drive before disaster strikes. Ignoring the warning signs will guarantee you will get to do this the hard way, no pun intended.

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