Stats show the risk of hard drive and SSDs failure increases in three years of usage. In certain cases, it can occur sooner than expected. One of them is when the hard drive is uncovered to significant temperature changes, humidity, or outward shocks. If you alarm premature signs of hard drive loss after 3 to 5 years, you should be advised that you can always recover data from failed hard drives. Still, to prevent the worst scenario from happening, let’s consider the major warning signs that hard drive might fail soon.
A slowing computer with frequent freezes and a blue screen of death is one of the first and foremost indicators that your hard drive may fail soon. If such issues occurs after a a renewed installation of an operating system, the hard drive’s failure is not far away. To exclude the issue from hard drive, you can use host diagnostic tools. However, the first and foremost thing to do is to look into your system’s S.M.A.R.T. (self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology) data. Why should you care about it if you know that Windows collect such data automatically in the backdrop? The fact is that it’s irresponsible in expecting hard drive loss. Using tools like CrystalDiskInfo, you can check your Hard drive’s S.M.A.R.T. quality manually.
Corrupted data is another warning sign of hard drive failure. You can come across corrupted data in many different ways. Check out the list of symptoms below. If you notice at least one of them, it may mean that hard drive is slowly failing.
- You see randomized error notifications when you open, move or save files.
- Selected files flub to open sometimes.
- You start noticing scrambled file or folder names.
- You see eroded data within files.
- From time to time, some files and folders disappear.
As a rule, data deterioration occurs at the moment of data innovation or depository. A virus might infect your device, or there are bad sectors in a hard drive.
Bad sectors are another common reason for hard drive failure. These are hard drive regions that don’t sustain data integrity. Bad sectors can accumulate on failing hard drives. If you use a Windows computer, it’s likely you won’t notice them because the OS automatically masks bad sectors.
If you are looking for a solution to recover data from bad sectors, a Windows Command Tool named CHKDSK can assist you.
Take the following actions for an immediate scan:
- Click windows + E (it will open file explorer).
- And navigate to this PC, then right-click the dying disk, and choose Properties.
- And within these Properties, supervision to the Tools tab and press check. Once it’s accomplished, you can decide to fix any mistakes it finds.