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How to Increase the Life of your Hard Drive

How to Increase the Life of your Hard Drive

The only thing that most people seem to care about when buying and maintaining their hard drives is its memory capacity and how much of that capacity is remaining. For some, even the simple explanation that there are differences between SSD drives and HDD drives sounds too techy and tiresome. It is, therefore, no wonder that most purchased hard drives stop functioning earlier than they should and at times, causing loss and damage to user data. Below are some practical tips to help you increase the life of your hard drive.

Choosing between HDD and SSD

Hard disk drives are abbreviated as HDD drives; they have moving parts and spinning platters that store your information and store your data using magnetism. On the other hand, solid state drives (SSD) do not have any moving parts; they are faster and more efficient in data storage and retrieval than the HDD drives. The only benefit that the HDD drives have over SSD is that the HDD can store a lot of data at any given time. However, they are slow, and the presence of moving parts means they should be handled with extra care to avoid ruining them. The drive you choose and how you maintain it will determine how long it lasts.

What causes hard drive malfunction?

Hard drives are correctly assembled that most of the time. So most hard drive damage has some sort of cause. Unfortunately, you usually don’t even realize that they are malfunctioning until the problem is quite severe. Sometimes, malfunction will be a slow process and by the time the actual crash is happening, you will have stored your critical data elsewhere. Some of the signs that point towards a failing hard drive include:

  • Corrupted files
  • Prolonged transfer rates, like when one PNG image takes a whole minute to copy
  • Clicking sounds coming from the hard drive.
  • Most people’s drives fail without warning though. If you haven’t backed up your data, get in touch with our team for help with recovery.

    Protecting your hard disk from sudden failure

    There are things that you can do to protect your hard disk from sudden demise. These include:

  • Avoid moving and bumping your laptop around often as the movement gradually ruins the parts of the hard drive till it malfunctions.
  • Avoid anything which makes the computer overheat. Overheating could be caused by any variety of factors from overworking the laptop to leaving it in the sun or covering the fans when the computer is running.
  • Scan for possible problems as soon as you start suspecting that something could be wrong. Letting small errors fester is what ultimately ruins the hard drive.
  • Other sensible maintenance tips include plugging in the charger only when you need to charge the battery. It is also recommended that you consult a repair specialist when the computer starts slowing down or files start getting corrupted. These few tips will help you squeeze the most life out of your hard drive. When wear and tear does catch up with your drive, make sure your backup strategy is in place.

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