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Hard Drive Failure Prevention

Hard drive failure is unfortunately one of the most common hardware problems in a computer system.

Inside, a hard drive resembles a turntable record player, with several platters stacked between several actuator arms. It only takes a small disturbance to cause damage to the internal components, and render the hard drive inoperable.

Since laptops are used on the go, it’s no surprise that notebook hard drives fail more often than their desktop hard drives. Dropping your laptop or moving it while the hard drive is spinning can easily cause serious damage, destroying the drive and rendering your data unrecoverable. There are ways to prevent this type of damage.

Here are a few tips to preventing damaging your notebook hard drive:

- Try to avoid using sleep mode unless the notebook is going to remain stationary. Sleep mode puts the system into a low power state, but can leave your hard drive active. If you were to begin moving it around while your laptop is in sleep mode, it could damage your hard drive.
- Use Hibernate as the default method for what happens when you close the notebook lid. Hibernate copies everything you’re working on to a hard drive partition and then turns the machine off. Your hard drive will stop spinning and you can then move the machine.
- If you want to be as safe as possible, shut the system down! Saving your data and properly shutting down the notebook is the best way to ensure your hard drive remains fully operational and your data stays safe. Be sure to give your computer enough time to fully power down before moving it.

Even with above listed precautions, hard drive failure may still occur.  Be sure to back up your data on regular basis using an external storage device such as a USB hard drive, cloud back up, or a DVD disk.

Following symptoms may indicate hard drive failure:

- system not booting up
- system boot up halted by a blue screen
- system freezing up
- clicking sound coming from your computer

If you experience any of these symptoms or suspect your hard drive failed, contact Hex Computer Solutions for data recovery, data back up, or hard drive diagnostics in Edinburgh.