How To Check For Hard Drive Failure

Many times the reason for a non-functional computer is crashing of the hard drive. This is quite a common problem faced by many computer users. Therefore, it is very important to always save your data. You can use this back up data in case of emergency like a hard drive crash.

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How To Know That The Hard Drive Is Going To Crash?

There are warning signs to tell you that sooner or later the hard drive is going to crash. You can save yourself from a lot of hassle if you are able to read these signs correctly and take appropriate steps. Some of these portent signs are:

The computer system will begin to freeze often. You will be unable to move the mouse cursor either using the mouse or the keyboard input. In such a case the only solution would be shutting down and then re-starting the computer.

Many times the computer will automatically lock up during the process of booting.

Files will take a longer time to open. Even saving the Files will become a long drawn process.

You will be unable to locate some of your Files because the soon-to-crash hard drive would not have saved them properly.

All these signs will point towards the inevitable  that the hard drive of your computer is going to go kaput. If you start seeing all these signs frequently then do the right thing and save your data in a backup system first.

How To Know That The Hard Drive Has Crashed?

Crashing of the hard drive is in effect a mechanical error. You will be able to hear whirling-metallic sounds coming from the hard drive. This sound is produced by the read/write head which is going into failure.Your crashed hard drive will not allow the system to boot. Some systems will also display the blue screen that is indicative of hard drive failure.Once the hard drive crashes there is no way the system is going to work without the hard drive. You need to fix the hard drive first for the computer system to even start.

How To Check For Hard Drive Failure?

A few simple steps can help you deal with the situation.

Check if the power cable running from the computer to the power point is properly connected.

Check if the power point to which the cable is plugged is actually working.

Check for proper connection between the data cable and the drive. All cable connections should be secure.

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If you have IDE drive then establish a proper alignment pattern for the ribbon cable. The red edge of the cable should allineate with Pin 1 given in the connector of the drive. Pin 1 is located near the power plug.

Ensure the master/slave position is correctly fixed on the IDE drive.If there is nothing wrong with the cable connections then it is time to do some technical trouble shooting.In an IDE drive you can get into the system’s BIOS to run the auto-detect drive software. If the system can establish the hard drive then all the connections are good. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the hard drive is working. It simply indicates that the BIOS can detect the drive.