Savvy Computing
Signs of an Impending Hard Disk Crash

October 2003
by Reid Goldsborough

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If you’ve worked with computers for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly heard the warnings and the recommendations.
Data stored on PCs can disappear in a nanosecond. You need to back up any crucial data you can’t risk losing. Ideally, you should store at least one set of crucial backup data off-site in case of a fire, flood, or other natural disaster.
The main cause of data loss is hard drive failure, accounting for about 65% of it, says Bill Margeson, President of CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc., a data recovery firm with offices in New York City and San Diego.
Along with regularly making backups, you can further protect yourself. There are ways to tell if you’re about to experience a hard disk crash, and ways to recover from one yourself, data intact.

Listen Up

Sometimes you can tell that a hard drive is about to fail by the sound it makes. If you begin to hear a high-pitched whining, your hard drive’s bearings may be on their last legs. You should immediately back up any crucial data you hadn’t previously backed up.
If you hear a grinding sound, your hard drive’s heads are probably scraping across the platters of your hard disk instead of floating just above them. Shut off your computer immediately because each scrape could mean more lost data.
If all you hear are clicking sounds, you may not be able to access the data on your drive, or if you can, some of it may already be gone.
Other times, a hard drive will…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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