Your hard drive never seems to fail at a good time. Usually, you’re up to your eyeballs in work and the last thing you need is a broken computer.
Alas, Murphy and his Law are always looking for opportunities like these. In the event that your hard drive fails, it’s important to get your head straight and go into problem solving mode.
To help you out, here are four tips to help you deal with a hard drive failure.
LESS PANIC, MORE LOGIC
Mac’s classic question mark is a good sign of hard drive failure.
OK, so your computer is obviously dead, right? But are you sure it’s the hard drive to blame? When diagnosing your machine, look for some of the common hard drive failure symptoms.
A big indicator of drive issues is that infamous clicking sound. If your hard drive is making a clicking noise, there’s something seriously wrong with it. Take it somewhere where the employees are all level 80 warlocks in an online game. You’re going to need their real-world expertise.
Another indicator of hard drive failure is if your machine turns on, but won’t get past a certain point. On a Mac you’ll likely see a folder with a question mark. PCs tend to tell you there’s no disk in the machine. Either way, if your computer is booting to some extent, it’s probably something to do with the drive. However, if your computer won’t even turn on, this is likely a very different (and often more severe) issue. Seek help to recover the data, particularly a data recovery service that is equipped to deal with emergency hard drive recovery like Hard Drive Recovery Group.
LOCATE YOUR BACK UPS
Do not, at the first sign of trouble, unplug your machine and run to the nearest computer repair store. Showing up with nothing but a broken machine and hopeful look on your face is only going to end in pain. Continue reading »