Articles tagged: hdd
Age isn’t the most important factor when evaluating hard disk risk of failure. I’ll discuss what is, and what you should be doing to protect yourself.
While the technology continues to improve, flash memory has a limited number of times it can be written to and can, in fact, wear out.
Hard disks can last a long time, but it’s important to realize that they could still fail at any moment.
We keep hearing that SSDs and other flash-based drives wear out. Particularly when it comes to SSDs, there are ways you can see how close to wearing out your drive might be.
Choosing the right long-term storage media is part of protecting your data from degradation or other forms of loss. But there’s more to it than just media.
The message “Do you want to scan and fix” means Windows found an error on a recently-attached drive. What you do next depends on how disastrous data loss might be.
You can take the internal hard disk of an old computer and install it as an additional drive in a new one; or, consider a more flexible alternative.
Partitioning, or splitting a single physical hard drive into multiple drives, has pros and cons. I’ll look at those and make a recommendation.
The Windows system utility CHKDSK is a powerful and useful tool in diagnosing and repairing certain types of disk problems. I’ll review several ways to run it, and try and describe what it does.
I recently replaced the primary hard drive on my primary machine with an SSD. I’ll walk you through the steps I took that made the process relatively pain-free.