Articles in Category: Hard Drives (HDD)
Traditional magnetic-media spinning-platter hard drives in all shapes and sizes.
A bad sector on your hard drive could be causing strange intermittent problems. I’ll show you an easy way to find out.
Quality and features in hard drives can change over time. So first, look at your needs.
Replacing a hard drive on an identical model laptop might just work, but let’s make sure there are no misunderstandings here.
A grinding noise and slow computer probably indicate the worse. Stop everything right now and back up!
If you’re backed up, this isn’t going to be a problem. Otherwise, there are only a few steps we can take to help us retrieve your data.
It’s not just power you need to worry about; connected drives can also get malware. But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep yourself safe.
I’ll show you how to reduce the last little bit of disk activity happening on your computer, but is that really going to help?
This feels like a hard-drive failure to me. There are several things you can check, but the most urgent thing to do is back up!
It’s incredibly rare for a software crash to damage any drive connected to a computer. Other things, like a lightning strike, can do serious damage.
When the power goes out, data loss can happen. Fortunately, it’s not more prevalent for Solid State Drives. No matter what kind of a drive you get, you should always protect yourself.
Hard drive failures happen. Everyone needs to realize that. You can probably guess my recommendation for staying safe.
Defragmenting a hard drive speeds it up by moving pieces of files closer to each other. It does no harm except maybe waste your time if you do it too much.
It ‘s impossible to say how hard it may be for any one person, but, let me go down a list of things that you need to think about it when it’s time to replace a hard drive in a laptop.
Defragmenting a hard drive absolutely has its place. There are several ways to get to the controls in Windows XP.
Hard drives get laid out in fairly complex ways. Second-guessing how your disk heads move as part of a decision whether to use multiple partitions is not really a practical way to save a hard drive from failure.
I like to follow the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But there are some considerations here where replacing the hard drive would make sense.
An update can leave a large amount of temporary files, and even the old copy of the software still on the computer. After understanding what might be left, a cleanup tool might be called for.
Fragmentation is about how a file is stored on a disk and is not preserved across a copy. In fact, in some cases you can defragment a hard drive using copy.
Windows certainly does support large drives, at the worst you may have to overcome some formatting issues.
Formatting a drive that is showing as unformatted can be done directly in a
Unexpected hard disk activity isn’t unusual. I’ll show you how to use a free monitoring tool to determine what program is causing it.
Hard disk errors come from several different sources, and as a result there are several different approaches to resolving them.
External drives normally shut down or go to sleep after some period of inactivity, or when the computer is turned off. If not you may have to manually turn them off as well.