5 Signs Your Hard Drive Might Be Failing

Most people don’t realize that a hard drive can even go bad. This is probably because of the fact that most of the components in your component pretty much never go bad, since hardly of them even have any moving mechanical parts, with the exception of a CD ROM or DVD ROM drive. The following are 5 Signs Your Hard Drive Might Be Failing:

1. Starts to make weird noises.

Some brands of hard drive make an extremely obvious clunk noise when they are dying (Western digital drives are notorious for this). Another sign of your hard drive failing is when you turn on your PC, and it can’t even recognize your hard drive upon booting up.

2. Files Suddenly Go Missing From Your Drive.

If you start mysteriously losing files, or your files show a bunch of “gibberish” interspersed with readable text, that is usually a sign that there are gradually failing areas of the drive that require a number of attempts to access the data properly. This can be caused by virus problems such as malware.

3. Your Computer Slows to a Snail’s Pace.

Another common sign of a failing drive is that the computer starts to run at a very slow pace. Accessing your files takes forever. As when you start losing files, this is a sign that your computer requires many attempts before it can successfully retrieve any data. This is a clear sign that drive failure is imminent.

4. Your Computer Frequently “Locks Up” During the Booting Process.

All computers exhibit this problem once in a while, and if it’s a rare occurrence, there’s no need for concern. The real problem is when this begins to happen on an increasingly frequent basis. If you begin to notice that your computer often locks up during booting, this is usually a sign that complete failure is not far away.

5. BIOS doesn’t recognize your hard drive when booting.

This is a common sign that your hard drive has completely failed, but it may also simply be a problem with the system configuration. When you try to boot the computer, you’ll get an error message saying that BIOS (basic input/output system) cannot find or read from your drive. You’ll likely need a computer technician to diagnose this problem fully, but most often it’s the result of a failed hard drive.