How Do You Know If Your Hardware Is Dying?
In this article, we will examine how devices fail and how to protect yourself from it, and in addition be able to tell when they’re failing.
Solid State Drives are becoming more and more popular. Their price and low capacity are still barriers to using them exclusively so if you have a computer you probably have a mechanical hard drive.
Given that all mechanical devices fail, it is simply a matter of when. That being said, it’s not like SSDs don’t fail – they simply have a finite number of right cycles that they can withstand before they eventually die. However, hard drives can be a little bit less predictable so the most common causes for hard drive failure are heat, physical trauma, and time.
- Heat:general heat is not good for your hard drive, and the more the heat, the worse it is
- Physical trauma: Physical trauma is terrible for hard drives if you’ve ever had a portable hard drive and when to put it in your pocket and dropped it on the ground, then there is a good chance that it is dead at that point.
- Time: the general wear and tear
Symptoms of a Dying Hardware
A lot of the time, hard drives will start to give you signs and symptoms so you can have a chance to know why it’s failing. That way you atleast have the chance to back up your information. However, in terms of SSDs, they can fail quite suddenly and data recovery from them in most cases is nearly impossible. So, here are some signs of the impending doom:
- Extremely slow transfer rate
- Clicking sound
- Corrupted files (they don’t open)
S – Self
M – Monitoring
A – Analysis
R – Reporting
T – Technology
S.M.A.R.T is a great way to find out if the drives are working. So that is a test, is it is constantly running on supported hardware. Most motherboards SMART these days, and you can get software utilities that will actually tell you the smart status of your drives. In addition, it checks a whole bunch of attributes, including:
- Read error
- Reallocated sectors
- Failing block count
- Erase fail
- Wear level
- Life time used
S.M.A.R.T will often tell you that a drive is failing, while you still have time to back up the data.
How To Extend The Life of Your Storage Drive
- Don’t shake the baby
- Keep it cool
- Turn it off
- Use S.M.A.R.T
- Hard disk Sentinel