The Silver Lining With Hard Drive Failure

There are few sounds your computer can make that are more terrifying than that god awful clicking noise of a broken hard drive. After spending hours of your life with your machine, you’ve likely accumulated a decent amount of data. Movies, music, family photos— all stored on a thin magnet disk. A disk that is now clicking as it goes about its business.

Here’s the awful truth: If your hard drive is making a clicking noise, it’s soon to fail. If your computer is still running, it’s only a matter of time. Your best bet is to turn it off and bring it in for service immediately.

At best, they’ll be able to perform a full recovery. At worst, your drive is toast and you’ll have to rely on your back ups (you do have back ups, right?).

However, all is not lost. Your hard drive, while an essential component in your computer, is one of the cheapest to replace. In fact, assuming you’ve backed up all your data (seriously, if you’re not doing this, start) this may be a blessing in disguise.

Hard drive technology progresses extremely rapidly. So rapidly, that it’s pretty safe to say that the drive your computer came with is already behind the times. This is a great opportunity to add some speed to your machine.

Look for a drive that’s rated at 7200RPM or above. The number refers to how fast your hard drive spins while it’s being read. The faster it can spin, the faster your computer will read data.

Now that you know how it feels to have your drive go AWOL, maybe it’s time to invest in a heavy-duty disk.

Remember all those options the salesman gave you when you bought the computer? Remember how you said, “I don’t know what any of that means, just put the cheapest one in there.”

Yeah. Look how that worked out for you.

Friendly chastisement aside, take this opportunity to look for a more powerful drive. Many drives today offer error checking, shock resistance, drop protection, etc. Yes, you’ll have to shell out a little extra coin for these features. But after experiencing first-hand the cost for hard drive repair, try to look at this as an investment.

If you decide to bite the bullet and get more secure storage, a great tip is to look for anything with the word NAS on its label. This means it’s rated for high performing storage arrays. Forget paying for expensive hard drive recovery services from now on!

This is also a great time to look outside of the traditional hard drive. These days, the cost of your average solid-state drive is at an all time low. The great thing about these drives is that there are no moving parts.

This means, even if they do malfunction later in their life, the problem will be software related, not physical. Software data recovery means cheap data recovery. Cheap data recovery means you smile more. And smiling is good for you. If you think about, this essentially means that solid-state drives are good for you. Because… logic.

However, while all of the above is true, you will find little satisfaction in these benefits if you haven’t backed up your data. Truly, if there any real takeaways here, let it be this: back up your data right now!

There are a million solutions on the market today. Go find one that works for you. Otherwise, when you hard drive fails (and it will fail eventually) your biggest concern won’t be whether to get a faster drive or not. No, you’ll be wondering what to do now that your entire digital life has been wiped out!

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