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Posted on: 19 Dec 2013 

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5 Common Reasons for Hard Drive Failure


Hard drives play an essential role in our daily lives, providing a space to store important data and keep it safe and easily accessible for when it’s needed. However, storing your files and folders is not the only thing that hard drives excel at – they are also pretty accomplished at crashing. If you own a computer, the inevitability of hard drive failure is something you must accept – it will happen at some point.

While finding an immortal hard drive is impossible, there are ways to stop disaster from happening sooner than it should. Here are five common reasons for hard drive failure that you need to be aware of.

1. Heat

The primary cause of hard drive failure is overheating. The delicate electrical components that exist within hard drives do not perform well under prolonged heat, which is the reason that your system needs a fan. Always make sure that the hard drive is provided with adequate ventilation. The fans should always be working properly and computers or hard drives should never be hot to touch. In addition, never overwork your system – little or no downtime is a sure fire way to kill a hard drive.

2. Power surges

Power surges can be caused by lightning strikes, hot weather, interference with power lines, or any number of other events, and cause the flow of energy to break and then restart, resulting in potential data loss, or worse, total system failure. Fortunately, such an event can be prevented by investing in a surge protector.

3. Water damage

Spilled drinks, moisture, flooding – all liquid is bad news for hard drives. Computers are not made to handle water penetration of any kind and a hard drive that comes into contact with the substance will almost certainly fail. Be very careful where you place that mug of coffee and never try to use your computer in the shower!

4. Static electricity

Static can cause significant damage to the electrical components within a hard drive’s PCB board. When handling a drive, make sure that you are grounded and that you avoid shuffling along carpeted floors.

5. Vibration

Hard drives, and the drive heads in particular, are very susceptible to vibration and can be offset if disrupted, resulting in crashes and failure. Any sort of desk vibration is to be avoided. Always keep your system on a surface that is well away from any kind of shaking.

Knowing some of the common reasons for hard drive failure will help in prolonging the life of your system. However, failure is unpredictable and will usually strike when you least expect it. Knowing that your hard drive can pack in at any time means that you should always have a disaster recovery plan in place; one that involves using cloud online backup to back up your documents. This way, when your hard drive does fail, you can at least take heart from the fact that it hasn’t ruined your whole life! 

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