Contents of Post
- 1 Signs Your Hard Drive Lifetime is Ending & What To Do
- 1.1 Slowing Down Computer, Frequent Freezes, Blue Screen Of Death
- 1.2 Corrupted Data
- 1.3 Accumulation Of Bad Sectors
- 1.4 Strange Sounds
- 1.5 S.M.A.R.T. Data
- 1.6 Hard Drive Is Failing, What Shall We Do?
- 1.7 Conclusion
- 1.8 How to start Windows 7/8/10 in safe mode
- 1.9 Read More: http://comparitech.net/windows-safemode
Signs Your Hard Drive Lifetime is Ending & What To Do
Every one of us owns precious files like personal documents, photos, videos, or audio files, and we typically store them on hard drives. Few people realize that most electronic storage devices, including hard drives, have a rather limited lifetime when compared to the ancient ways of storing information, such as stone, papyrus, paper, or old school records. The average lifetime of a stationary hard drive today is around 5 – 10 years, depending on the type and manufacturer, and it rapidly declines if the drive is subject to strong variations in temperature, humidity, and motion as in not being stationary.
Since a majority of people today own laptops and external hard drives, which get dragged around quite a bit, a realistic hard drive lifetime is probably around 3 – 5 years. This is an extremely short time to reliably store important data. In the best of cases, hard drives fail gradually, giving you the chance to react, get a copy of your data, and replace the storage device before facing a fatal failure. There are a host of signs that hint to a gradual failure of your hard drive. If you are unsure how much life is left on your hard drive, read this article to find out what signs may reveal an approaching failure.
Slowing Down Computer, Frequent Freezes, Blue Screen Of Death
Accumulation Of Bad Sectors
Hard Drive Is Failing, What Shall We Do?
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How to start Windows 7/8/10 in safe mode
What is Windows safe mode?
First, let’s start with what Microsoft has to say about safe mode:
“Safe mode starts Windows in a basic state, using a limited set of files and drivers. It can help you troubleshoot problems on your PC. For example, if the problem doesn’t happen in safe mode, you’ll know default settings and basic device drivers aren’t causing the issue.”
Thanks, Microsoft. However, for the average computer user, that explanation might not make the most sense. Here’s how to understand safe mode in a few points.