Hard Drive Failure Symptoms And Tips
(NOTE: The following article deals with
hard drive failure prevention. If you feel that you have already experienced
such an issue, please contact us
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Experiencing hard disk failure is a very common event
in the life of a PC or Mac. And because each year computers get smaller and faster,
they also generate more heat than ever before.
Heat, in hard drive terms, is the most common hard disk damage "smoking gun".
excessive heat within your system can help to protect your hard drive from crashing in the future.
Below we outline some handy tips for ensuring this doesn't
happen to you, and that hard disk drive
recovery services never become necessary.
Protecting Your Drive
Dust is everywhere. And sadly, it's seriously attracted to electronic components and computers, whether we're talking about regular PCs, laptops or RAID servers. This
is usually because of the very fans which attempt to cool these systems.
By bringing fresh air into your PC or laptop, you also collect
and transfer dust to your system.
For laptops, this is not as much of
an issue, as their fans are small, and in typical environments, do not
pull in mass amounts of dust. Regular PCs, however, are very different.
Because they are typically stationary, and contain large fans, they quite
often attract dust, and tend to as a result generate a lot of heat.
Getting Rid Of Dust
Eliminating this problem-causing dust is
often simple with PCs. With the help of only a screwdriver, you can quickly
and easily clean your computer's insides. Ridding your system of dust
may be as simple as blowing out your computer using compressed air (available
very cheaply, and in aerosol cans), or vacuuming out excessive dust.
that once excessive dust starts to gather, it may only be a matter of
time before disk recovery becomes necessary.
This example does not help prevent laptop hard drive recovery situations,
however, as typically opening your laptop may damage the hard drive (which
will then require HDD repair) or void its
Because hard drives continue to feature larger overall data capacities
and smaller physical size, they are also creating more heat and dissipating less of it. Basically: the overall
size of a hard disk drive case has not increased for quite some time,
while the capacity of these hard drives has. This generates excessive
For many systems, then, we recommend the addition of
an add-on accessory fan which attaches directly to the hard drive. These
fans run typically between $10 and $20 and are available from most respectable
computer stores. If you are technically handy, installing one of these
fans is a fast job, and can save you thousands in the long run as well
as extend the life of your hard drive.
A Good Laptop Hard Disk Failure Prevention Tip
Recently, new external laptop
hard drive recovery prevention tools such as system coolers have come
on the market, to some fanfare. These fans, which usually are placed under
the laptop and run on USB power, are nice additional ways to keep your
laptop cool, and thus, crash resistant.
They are typically
marketed mainly with comfort in mind, as they keep your laptop from resting directly
on your lap (a very hot circumstance), but do provide some cooling function,
perhaps at the price of battery power. We recommend these devices, which
are also available wherever laptops and hard drives are sold.
Physical drive failure is all but inevitable with
today's systems. These drives run extremely hot, and as mentioned above,
draw dust which only compound the problem. But cooling and cleaning can
ensure that your hard drive does not encounter failure, and will ensure
that you data is safe for years to come.
SSD - Cool As A Cucumber
Although we do see crashed SSD drives from time to time, we have also seen that the technology is beginning to mature and become more mainstream. Basically, it's a far more consistent drive structure than it used to be.
But the key advantage of SSD drives when it comes to drive safety is the low temperature that these drives run at. Because they have far fewer moving parts, they are less subject to the kinds of difficulties that the classic spindle and platter systems can create.
So, if you can upgrade your laptop or system drive to one of these, you may help extend the life of your drive
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data disappear. Hard Drive Recovery Group can help!
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