Articles tagged: hard drive
There are signs we can use to determine if a hard drive is about to fail, but it’s also common for a drive to fail without any indication at all.
Extracting data from a hard drive in a dead computer isn’t typically difficult, unless it’s the drive itself that caused the problem.
SATA and PATA are two different and incompatible disk drive interfaces. PATA’s the old guard, but SATA’s taking over. I’ll look at the differences.
I had an impending NAS drive failure. I’ll share how I got there, the mistakes I made, the things I did right, and the lessons I learned.
When sending your computer out for repair, you’re handing over everything on it, including your data. Options to secure a hard drive are limited.
The answer to this is simple. If it’s only in one place… it’s not backed up!
The thing to consider is: what do we love most about solid state drives, and conversely, what would we worry about?
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?
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.
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.
Usually you can take the internal hard disk of an old computer and install it as an additional drive in a new one. There’s also a more flexible alternative.
RAID is a valuable technology for improving apparent disk speed and fault tolerance, but it is in no way a replacement for backing up.
There are times when the disk checking utility needs to run before you boot into Windows. Sometimes it seems to get stuck and does so every time.