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When do you know that it’s time to get rid of a failing hard drive in Orlando?

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Orlando businesses depend on the reliability and functionality of their computer equipment—especially the all-powerful hard drive that stores everything a business needs to keep digitally operational. But despite their indispensability, hard drives can’t last forever.

Many hard drives begin to show signs of failure within three to four years; those lucky enough to survive that era usually start indicating symptoms of their imminent demise before their sixth year of use.

The signs of a failing hard drive can be difficult to ascertain because they could indicate several other issues as well. But it’s important to have a checklist of indications of hard drive failure handy if you’ve been experiencing performance issues. These signs include:


Clicking or whirring noises

A typical computer makes at least some operational noise, especially when it’s booting up or running the fan. But abrasive sounds like clicking, whirring, or scraping can mean your hard drive’s experiencing the first symptoms of imminent failure.

Mount or hard drive recognition failure

If your operating system is unable to access or display the files and data on your hard drive, that could mean it’s failing to mount as it should do every time you boot up. Repeated mount failures could be the sign of an aging hard drive that needs to be replaced.

Frequent file corruption or “bad sector” errors

In many cases, it’s relatively painless to repair a one-off file corruption error. System disk utility software can often take care of fixing bad sectors. But if the errors keep happening repeatedly, it could mean that your hard drive is no longer able to faithfully save or retrieve data and might be heading toward its ultimate demise.

Missing files or folders

When you can’t find certain files or folders in your directory—and you’re positive they’re not “hidden” files that don’t appear without some additional steps—your hard drive may be unable to save them because of mechanical failure.

Incorrect HDD info in BIOS

The program that’s responsible for starting up and launching your operating system whenever you boot up—BIOS—is easily accessible whenever your restart your computer and features a system summary that lists all the components it uses. If it’s incorrectly reporting the status of your hard drive, or showing it as “disabled,” or not at all, it could mean the hard drive is failing.

The blue screen of death

Longtime PC users have probably encountered the infamous “BSOD” at least once in their lives. This message proclaims that your computer’s been shut down to “prevent damage,” but often the damage has already taken place. While it could be the result of a faulty driver or software issue, it’s also the last thing you see before your hard drive is kaput.


When hard drives at your Orlando business are finally past their prime, ShredQuick can preserve your customer’s confidentiality and reduce your risk exposure with our data destruction services. Find out more by calling or contacting us today.

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