Hard drive failure – check this

Hard drive failure – check this

Did you know that you can be using your computer and the hard drive is damaged? Discussed below are some physical sounds that may indicate that your hard drive is malfunctioning. Be careful to look out for them while using your computer:

Random clicking sounds coming from the hard drive: A common occurrence of a hard drive failure is a clicking sound coming from the hard drive. This usually means that one of the internal components (mostly the actuator arm) is damaged and the arm is swinging freely touching other components and causing the noise. The actuator arm may be broken. The device is working normally, but this will make people overlook the damage and may eventually lead to permanent data loss. If you happen to hear these clicking sounds coming from the hard drive, it would be important to backup your data immediately. Then shut down the computer system immediately and contact a data recovery professional.

Hard drive shows no signs of power and “winding up”: It is possible that your hard drive is plugged in properly, but there is no sound of the hard drive moving in its case. When you connect your hard drive to your computer and turn it on, there should be some kind of “winding” sound coming from it. An indicator light on the motherboard should indicate a proper connection. But if the lights on the motherboard are off, it means the hard drive is not getting power. What you can do is check the hard drive connections. If you’re not sure how to do it, ask an expert to do it for you.

Constant clicking sound coming from the hard drive: In this case, it is most likely that the drive arm is broken from the locking point and is swinging freely. The constant sound is heard because it is touching other internal components in the hard drive. In such a state, the device cannot perform the read/write function. What you need to do is get a data recovery expert to recover your information.

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