Healthy Hard Drive

Healthy Hard Drive Can Help to Protect Your Future

Healthy Hard Drive: Weather you have a business or are just a at home computer user, the harsh reality of hard drives is what everyone deals with. They do work as well as they used to and sometimes you may find that your data has disappeared.  You may not always know when your hard drive is starting to fail as sometimes a noise or sound may not appear. Healthy Hard Drive has not this type of issues. It leaves many people questioning whether the hard drive is starting to fail or if it’s a onetime fluke. An average hard drive last from 3 to 5 years and so they do not have much life so for many businesses that use hard drives on a daily basis this can be an irritating problem.

Your hard drive may still be responding and there are many different software products that can be used to help assess the damage of the hard drive. However the quality of the software’s can differ with some causing little to no further damage and other which can cause more damage to the hard drive.

How Healthy Hard Drive Can Protect Your Future?

Smart Approach

An important technology used in checking an hard drive is SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology). Most modern hard drives now have the SMART analysis support tools so they are able to check the condition of the media.  These tools have 10 important indications that can be implemented and when it finds failure it can be shown as a “Possible Indicator for an Impending Electromechanical Failure”. After this you will be able to make the decision as to if your hardware needs replacing so you can stop further data loss.

An “SSD Life Left” (Solid State Hard Drive) is a possible attribute as it shows the SSD’S approximate remaining life time. This can come in good use to regularly check the health of your SSD hard drive.

 

Don’t leave it too late

Many users leave it too late and the damage has already been done before they realise about the SMART tools. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, make sure to use the SMART tools throughout the use of your device regularly so you can keep on monitoring the results.  Sadly most operating system don’t automatically diagnose and give it to the user clearly and so it has to be collected with many different special tools.

 

What can SMART tools offer?

With SMART tools you can normally perform many different tests with the hard drive. You are able to do a ‘fast test’  which looks into the most important indicators in the firmware of the hard drive which includes bad sectors, reassigned sectors, number of spins taken to reach full speed and more. The test which should be done are the ‘Drive Self Test’ and the ‘short’ or ‘long’ test. This is because in these tests every single part of the hard drive is read which means it will take much longer. These entire tests will give different reports at the end which can then help you have an overall idea on the health of your hard drive.

 

Seek prevention over cure

Remember no matter how you get the diagnostic, it does not always mean that the hard drive will stop working straight away. However in such cases you should realize that if it is already showing some signs of failure then it will soon breakdown. It may take minutes, days, weeks or months but don’t take that risk or you may end up losing all your data.

Make sure you always back up your data onto another storage device such as an USB hard drive or external hard drive. As a hard drive could fail at any given time make sure you have a current backup. By having this at hand you are able to replace the damaged one with new one as soon as it happens. . A hard drive which does not succeed in SMART tests should not be considered as reliable. If your hard drive does not completely fail, don’t assume everything is okay as it may have damaged parts of your data.

No hardware is perfect and they can also fail without SMART warnings. If you feel you need any help with replacing a hard drive or data backup then contact PCKEY CALLOUT. Our website provides all the Healthy Hard Drive services and information you need. Make a booking now and be guaranteed the best computer repair service.

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