Repairing a hard drive can be a risky procedure due to the amount of information held within. Whether it be a favorite picture, personal information, or plans for the future, the contents of a hard drive are usually the first thing that comes up when a hard drive needs to be repaired or replaced. Nerds on Call has experienced technicians that can tell you whether or not your information is salvageable, and whether it will be more efficient to transfer the data onto a new replacement hard drive, or repair the existing drive.
You might need a nerd if…
- Your computer is running slowly and stalls when you try to open files
- You’ve opened files only to find them full of garbage text. This is corrupted data
- Your hard drive is making sounds – beeping, clicking, or grinding
- Your computers boots up slowly and you want to upgrade to a faster Solid State Drive
- Your computer runs the check disk program when starting up sometimes
Questions nerds often hear about Computer Hard Drive Repair Eugene
How long do hard drives last for?
80% of hard drives last four years. However, failures start to increase steeply after three. The second most dangerous time for a hard drive is the first year, when manufacturing defects can crop up
When should I replace my hard drive?
You should consider replacing your hard drive as soon as you notice any of the above symptoms. Hard drives often fail with minimal warning. Always keep your data backed up.
Can I recover my data from a broken hard drive?
It depends on why the drive failed. A hard drive that is just old can often have its data recovered. Head crashes are harder to recover from, as the data is physically erased. In cases of damage like fire and electrical surges, the data is often lost forever.
Hard Drive Head
The head is a tiny magnet on the end of a mechanical arm. The hard drive uses the head to read and write bits of data stored magnetically on the disk’s surface.
A head crash is when the hard drive’s head literally crashes into the disk’s surface. This physically destroys the data and leaves it unretrievable
Hard Drive Platter
There are actually multiple disks inside a hard drive disk. A platter is a single magnetic disk that can be stacked with others to form a hard drive