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Physically damaged hard drives: Signs your Clearwater business should look for

A hammer above a smashed hard drive.
Nothing grinds business to a halt like computer failure. For many Clearwater companies, the most dreaded possibility in daily operations is damage to a hard drive in their computer system setup, whether internal or external.

The sooner a hard drive failure can be diagnosed, the greater the chance it can be recovered without too much effort or expense. To that end, it’s important to watch for signs that your hard drive may have been damaged, including the below.


Clicking or strong whirring sounds

The most foreboding sound to a consistent computer user is the series of excessive clicks, grinding sounds, or excessive spinning noises coming from inside your unit. This doesn’t mean the usual whirring sounds you hear when you’re booting up, accessing or storing files or data, or even the noises your fan makes. But you should be concerned if you hear anything that sounds like something painful is happening within your computer: scraping, aggressive, or heavy beeping.


Failure to mount

If your operating system can’t access or doesn’t recognize the hard drive on startup, that’s a mounting failure. This is a typical problem with external hard drives but can afflict internal drives as well.


Frequent file corruption or sector error messages

The occasional file corruption error isn’t always a big deal; it could be the result of a software bug that’s easily fixed and sent away for good. Bad sector errors are also common and usually repaired with disk utilities. But if you’re getting constant or multiple error messages about file corruption and recovery software doesn’t help, that may indicate more severe damage to the hard drive.


Crashes or slow operating speeds

Shutdowns and slow operations can be the result of several things: hardware conflicts, overheating, device issues, or malware. But they can also be the result of an aging or failing hard drive whose plates are wearing out from repeated writing and accessing of data.


Missing files or folders

Hard drives errors can keep individual files or folders from showing up on your hard drive directory. If they weren’t saved as hidden files, their disappearance may be the result of a damaged drive.


Incorrect hard drive information in BIOS

If you’re comfortable with examining your system’s startup utility (BIOS), you may find that your hard drive information is incorrect in your system summary—or that your drive is either disabled or not operational. Disk failure may cause this.


Don’t expose your Clearwater company to the risks associated with destroyed hard drives. Let ShredQuick eliminate your sensitive data once and for all with our technology destruction services. Get in touch with us to find out more.

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