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4 Signs Your Hard Disk is Failing

Common symptoms that may point to an impending hard drive failure.–PC Pitstop.

4 Signs Your Hard Disk is Failing

By Vamsi Krishna for MakeTechEasier

As most of us know, hard disks, just like any other electronic devices, have a limited lifespan and could break down after five to ten years of usage. There are a lot of factors that can affect the lifespan of a hard disk like the mechanical stress, temperatures, humidity, working conditions, physical trauma, finite number of write cycles (in case of SSD’s), etc. Luckily, most hard drives do show some symptoms before they die on you. Here are a few common wear and tear signs which can help you back up your precious data when you still have time to do so.

1.) Corrupted Files

If your files are frequently corrupted, it could be a signal to inform you that your hard disk lifespan is coming to an end soon. Of course, these corrupted files may occur due to several other reasons like overclocking SATA bus, driver issues, sudden power failure, etc., but whenever you encounter this frequently, it is always a good idea to back up your data and diagnose your computer for problem.

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7 thoughts on “4 Signs Your Hard Disk is Failing”

  1. As with my other Dell Desktops I swapped out Dells HD's and installed WD RED or a good Seagate with 1 million MTFD. My new 8700 lost 2 HD's within 6 months due to failure.

  2. Maybe its just me or my usage but I usually have more trouble with hardware and technology upgrades versus hard drive failure. I am still using a Seagate 250 that's over eight years old and still passes all test with flying colors, there has been a small a margin of disk space that is unusable as with most drives, maybe I am just that lucky with this drive and the build.

  3. I'd be interested to see someone produce an app that records hard disk use. The apparent MTBF of a hard disk is around 500,000 hours (See: http://oncomputerstips.blogspot.com.au/2009/01/can-consumers-trust-disk-drive-mtbf.html ) although it doesn't distinguish between read/write hours and rotation hours when the read/write heads are idle, properly the total "in use" hours. With the price of laptops and other devices like Surface Pro and iPads, it's probably safe to use a device for say three years and then retire it. An app that displayed hours in use of the hard disk drive would enable one to go to say 450,000 hours and then change disks or get another device thus avoiding the change of catastrophic failure.

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