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The Most Common Causes of Hard Drive Failure

It happens to us all eventually. Things seem to be clicking along fine, and then, out of nowhere, your computer refuses to boot up. Maybe you’ve noticed some cryptic error messages that don’t seem actually to relate to any part of your system. Hard drive failure can look like a nightmare without proper planning, a critical step towards protecting your data and your business. Our backup services can help you prepare for such a disaster, mitigating the damage and saving you time and money. It’s important to understand, however, what causes hard drive failure, and what your recovery options are.

Mechanical Failure

The hard drive is one of the most sensitive parts of your computer. It’s full of delicate, moving parts. Just like anything else, those parts can be faulty and wear out over time. It doesn’t take long for a hard drive to fail entirely once it starts showing signs of wear. Those delicate parts can also get jostled and damaged if you drop or harm your computer or even if the weather changes dramatically and frequently.  Temperature and humidity fluctuations can cause internal parts to contract and expand, which can cause degradation over time. Water damage is also an instant hard-drive killer.

Viruses and Malware

One of the most common causes of failure is a virus. This is an easy one to prevent with the right firewall and security solutions on your computer. Also, making sure your files are regularly backed up to the Cloud is always a good idea in case a disaster like a virus infection happens. Hard drive data recovery is considerably easier if you back your data up offsite in the Cloud.

Warning Signs of Drive Failure

If you are experiencing issues with your computer, and you suspect your hard drive might be to blame, there are a few things you should look for. In the case of a slow decline, you will start to experience sporadic and random crashes, particularly while booting your OS and when using hard drive intensive programs. You may begin getting seemingly random errors or encountering corrupted files that cannot be accessed, especially if your computer is crashing or facing severe errors frequently.

You should ideally keep backups synced in real-time, however, if this is not an option backup your important files at least once a week for non-vital files and once every 24 hours for files that change or are edited frequently. If you suspect there may be an internal issue, then you may even want to do full-system backups more often and quickly, before the issue gets worse.

For many, hard drive failure results in a complete crash. Your computer will refuse to boot up again, and at this point, if you haven’t stored your data safely, you might find yourself in a tight spot. Hard drive recovery after a crash is incredibly expensive and time-consuming, not to mention risky. While there are services that can recover the data depending on the issue, they can be spendy and can’t always guarantee all of your data back.  Many types of data are lost completely when hard drives finally fail.

An Ounce of Prevention Stops Hard Drive Failure Headaches

The best recovery method for your hard drive is to have never lost the data at all. We can help. Call or email us today to find out how we can help you protect your data and ensure you never find yourself on the wrong side of the unfortunate realities of physical computer components.

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