Hey, have heard the internal/external hard disk, which has hold very, very important files, videos and more, but, has suddenly died or failed, can cause people terrible data loss troubles? However, you do know nothing about how to tell which drive is dying or failing? All right! No worry! Here are some common symptoms of an dying/failing internal/external hard disk. Hope you can extract some useful clues for your cases:
1). Computer freezes frequently
The frequent computer freezing issues can be one of the early symptoms that indicate that your used computer internal/external hard disk is starting to fail or die. But, that doesn’t mean your computer drive is absolutely dying once your computer often freezes. Why? There are also other reasons that can bring people computer freezing problems, like viruses, too full drive or too many applications/processes used at the same time. Hence, check more signs and see whether they are also in line with your drive conditions.
2).Extremely slow computer performance
The computer hard disk conditions, especially the internal hard disk states, often place a great influence on the computer response speed. When your drive is well produced and with much free space, the computer often reacts quickly and processes your problems with fast speed. However, when your drive is dying or failing with much physical damages, you often can encounter some really slow computer performances issues, like really slow boot-up, data accessing, problem processing, data transformation and more. Therefore, the extremely slow computer performance also can be one of the dying drive symptoms.
3). Computer turns itself off often or is not able to boot up properly
The computer often needs some bootable devices to boot up and also the internal/external drives to keep common data reading/writing processes. However, once the internal/external hard disk is dying or failing somehow, the common computer performance will also be affected. And that’s also why the PC shuts down itself frequently or why your computer is not able to boot up properly. Hence, when your computer really reboots itself often, you’d better make drive data backups well and check whether your drive gets some physical or logical damages.
5). Internal/external hard disk becomes hot really easily
Your internal/external hard disk always goes unusually hot, even when you do have used it for a really short time? OK! When your computer drive really gets problems, like bad sectors, your drive is really possible to become hotter than other devices in the same enclosure. Hence, in common use, also pay attention to the temperature of your plunged drives, if it is possible.
6).CHKDSK detects too many bad sectors or other serious problems
The Windows CHKDSK is a Windows built-in tool that can help people recognize some common and simple hard disk problems easily. Therefore, when you really want to know whether your disk is failed or crashed, you can directly run this error-checking tool to scan your drive thoroughly and see whether it is still healthy or not. Is it detected with too many bad sectors or other serious problems? If so, do not move crucial data on this drive any longer before it is completely fixed. Of course, if necessary, also get another new one for future use.
7). Hard disk gets uncommon clicking sounds
As a hard disk user, you may already know it is common for external/internal hard disk to make noisy sounds when it is running on a PC. However, not all sounds indicate a good drive states. In daily use, some uncommon noisy sounds, like weird clicking, beeping, grinding, screeching and others, etc, often can be one of the failing hard disk symptoms. Hence, also carefully hear the sounds that your PC hard disk generates when your drive seems to run uncommonly.
1). No matter whether your drive is dying or failing, always make drive data backups well as soon as possible.
In case of internal/external hard disk data loss troubles due to suddenly failed/died drive issues, you’d better always prepare two or more free drives/devices to hold copies of everything important extracted from this original drive. No matter whether this drive is really damaged or not, making drive data backups elsewhere could be the first thing you are supposed to do now. Of course, with data backups stored elsewhere, also double check them carefully.
2). No matter what happens, always start drive data recovery software to recover wanted drive information.
Internal/external hard disk really seems to be failing or dying, which affects your common access to everything inside? OK! Do not panic! Only connect this drive to your PC and see whether some harddisk file recovery software can help you recover inaccessible or lost drive data back.