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How to Prevent a Laptop Hard Drive Failure

All hard drives eventually fail, and laptop hard drives are certainly no exception. Physical failures occur when one or more hard drive components become inaccessible or unusable, usually due to normal wear. At Secure Data Recovery Services, we recover data from thousands of failed laptop hard drives every year, and our specialists encounter dozens of different failure scenarios.

How to Prevent a Laptop Hard Drive failure

All hard drives eventually fail, and you should regularly back up your laptop to prevent permanent data loss.

Some of the most common causes of laptop hard drive failure include:

  • Read/Write Head Failure
  • Damage from Physical Impact or Drop
  • Electronic Damage
  • Firmware Corruption
  • File Corruption
  • Water and Moisture Damage

This is by no means a comprehensive list, and dozens of factors can affect your laptop hard drive's operating life span. However, you can decrease your chances of a premature drive failure by operating your laptop in a safe, controlled environment and by avoiding some of the most common sources of media damage.

Reducing Your Chances of a Laptop Hard Drive Failure

Follow these tips when using your laptop computer:

  • Some hard drive components can gradually wear down due to excessive vibration, so keep your laptop on a sturdy surface.
  • Never cover the fans or vents on a laptop. Computers can overheat rather quickly, so keep your laptop at a safe room temperature. Do not use your laptop in especially humid environments.
  • Use disk utilities to check for bad sectors and other signs of wear.
  • Keep an appropriate amount of free space on your hard drive, a minimum of 10-20 percent of the drive's total capacity.
  • Do not subject your laptop to drops, falls and other physical shocks.
  • Keep your laptop plugged into a surge suppressor.
  • Turn off your laptop occasionally. Always use appropriate shutdown procedures, as shutting your computer down with its power button can cause file corruption and other issues.

While taking these steps will greatly decrease your chances of a premature laptop hard drive failure, it is important to remember that all hard drives eventually stop working due to normal wear. You should have a strong backup policy in place. Back up your hard drive every few weeks in order to prevent data loss; if possible, install an automatic backup program on your computer.

What to Do When a Laptop Hard Drive Fails

Never take risks with a damaged laptop hard drive. Shut down your computer as soon as you notice signs of hard drive damage. Replace the damaged drive as soon as possible and restore your data from your most recent backup.

If you do not have a recent backup of your data, Secure Data Recovery Services can help you regain access to critically important files. Our engineers have years of experience with all laptop models, and we can quickly restore virtually any digital storage device. We operate a certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom and use SSAE 18 Type II certified security systems to treat every case effectively. With more than 40 facilities across the United States, Secure Data Recovery Services offers the best option for laptop data recovery, data repair and other advanced media services, and we provide free diagnostics for all failed laptop hard drives.

To set up a new case or for more information, contact our customer services team today.