If blue screens of death, loud cracking computer sounds and tons of corrupted data is found on your computer it’s a sign that your hard drive is failing. It’s a tough situation to face; the most important information is located on your computer, and you don”t want to lose it. So many questions ranging from saving information to replacing your computer are on your mind that you can”t think straight. Handle the situation by performing the following.
Most information is replicable but for those vital ones that can”t perform data recovery on the hard drive. Backing up information should be routine before it gets to hard drive failure. Nonetheless recover data the moment it starts to fail. You”ll have a better chance getting most or all of it than waiting until it reaches its last legs. Take your information to a USB stick, external hard drive or cloud storage online. Use data recovery software to transfer the information. You can always hire a professional on their website to recover data before its gets irreplaceable. There are also do-it-yourself techniques on websites to tell you how to get information off the hard drive as a last ditch effort (i.e., freezing it).
Go to a professional to see if the hard drive can be saved. A professional will make sure the hard drive is connected to the motherboard and perform other routine checkups to make sure there aren’t any other problems. If it can be saved it is probably a good idea to save it; more than likely it’s a lost cause. A computer wizard can do the same tests by lifting up the computer hood, but I repeat; do this only if you”re an experienced computer expert.
Replace the hard drive with another one or purchase another computer. Purchasing another hard drive will eliminate further data erosion. Purchasing a hard drive is only half the battle. You have to include the cost of installation too. Installation is about placing the hard drive onto the computer. Then the operating system must be installed onto the hard drive. Unless you know how to install a hard drive to your computer yourself get a professional to do it. Buying another computer is about shopping around for the best deal. There are plenty of inexpensive options out there. Include warranties, software and computer accessories to the total. Weigh both options and choose the best option for your budget.
Computers go through wear and tear all the time. Waiting for a signal from your computer to do something about it is something that will never happen. Hard drive failures come suddenly and unexpected. Arm yourself with copies of your information on other storage media before it happens.