A hard drive failure can lead to serious problems. The good news is that hard drives are easily replaceable. The bad news is that the data stored on said hard drive can become corrupt or lost forever.
This isn’t a big deal if you’re talking about program files that can be easily recovered. But when it comes to personal documents, photos, and important data it’s a huge problem. This is all data you can’t easily duplicate.
It’s recommended that you keep backups of your most important files. A hard drive can fail at any time, and it can happen with both old and new drives. Worse yet, failure rates differ depending on the type, capacity, and brand of a drive.
Translation: You never know when a hard drive failure will happen, so preparation is essential.
How to Fix Hard Drive Failure
For the ones who are using Windows, you can easily check and repair your hard drive. Here are the steps that can be followed in order to fix these hard drives effectively:
- Make sure that you close all the existing and running operations on the OS for better functioning.
- Launch My Computer. In case it is a crashed external hard drive that you want to check, right click on the hard drive and choose properties.
- A Window will be displayed. Go to the Tools tab and then “Error checking”. Click on “Check”. You’ll require administrator’s permission. Fill in the password to allow.
- The process of scanning will start as soon as you select “Scan drive”. Afer the scan, you can select “Scan and repair drive” to get the failed hard disk fixed.
Also, you can resort to the BIOS to check whether the internal hard drive is properly connected or not. It is quite set in our minds that hard drives are non-repairable. Before taking the step of completely replacing the internal hard drive in the first place, a user must check the actual fault in the hard drive.
- Restart your computer and press the BIOS entry key to enter BIOS. The key varies based on different models of computers, but usually, it is F12.
- The step can only be taken if the hard drive is detectable in the BIOS. However, if it is not, you might have to replace it.