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26 June

Dealing With Hard Drive Crashes Today

Everything is on the computer these days. People talk to each other through online messaging programs such as Skype and MSN. Applications for jobs and volunteering are done online and some people spend their entire lives in front of a computer. Some people work at making the computer more functional, some work at to make it look pretty and some just try to figure out how to get to that higher level on some web-based game.

While there’s a lot of debate as to whether or not spending so much time in front of a computer is good for you, there is no denying how irritating it is when the computer doesn’t do as its told.

Of course, when dealing with an inanimate object there is no guarantee it’s going to listen to you anyway.

So what is hard drive crash? The hard drive is the piece of the computer that holds all your information and does all if its functions. If you’ve got a physical failure that can usually be determined by the noise your computer is making. If you are trying to turn your computer on and you hear some grinding, whirring or clicking noise, that’s a really good sign you’ve got a physical failure and you’d better stop trying to boot your device up. Some great tips on hard drive failure, particularly with RAID arrays, are here.

If you have started your computer and you start to notice the aforementioned sounds, that’s a pretty good sign your days are numbered.

The next part depends on how good you are with computers. This author is not very good with computers so if this issue ever happened, we would probably take it in to the shop to have a look at.

If you are pretty handy with a computer though, you may want to investigate how to open up your physical computer and remove the defunct piece of hardware. If you aren’t that handy with the computer you may want to just take it in to get serviced.

The important thing here is not to panic. If you haven’t been backing up your files online you can still get to them. The best thing to do at this point is go out and buy a new hard drive. After you buy and install the new hard drive you’ll want to reload your operating systems on it. A really good idea is to keep your original hard drive active and classify it as a secondary hard drive and have your new hard drive classified as the primary hard drive. This will allow you to run your systems from the new hard drive without issues but still get at all your data from your original hard drive.

The only thing about this is that it’s pretty risky. If you haven’t figured out what caused your original hard drive to fail you run the risk of it repeating itself. If you aren’t sure what caused the hard drive failure in the first place and you happen to have more than one computer in your home, you can still do the primary and secondary drive steps that were mentioned above. This time, instead of buying a new hard drive, buy a USB universal drive adapter instead and use it to connect the two computers. That should be enough for you to get access to your original data without having a heart-attack.

One of the best things to learn when faced with a hard drive crash is the importance of backing up your files. If you have an external hard drive, it’s pretty simple to set up a schedule to back up your information on your computer to the external on a regular basis. Your other option is to invest in an online backup program such as Dropbox® or SOS Online Backup®.

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