So you didn’t trust that we could fix any piece of hardware? Totally understandable – we’re happy to prove that you can take us at our word.

One of the devices in our hardware repair repertoire is the hard drive. It stores all the information on your computer and is composed of a set of metal disks spinning seventy-two thousand times a minute inside a metal case. Magnets made of neodymium (a natural magnet) read and write the data. The hard drive uses magnets to store the data; it almost means you should keep magnets away from your hard drive. This won’t be a problem for most users – the majority of hard drive problems come from other causes.

One of the causes that we see here at the Fresno Nerds On Call is corruption caused by viruses. When a virus infects your computer, even if it is completely removed, it can often have lingering effects like leaving some of your data unusable. If you happen to hear your computer “clicking,” it’s almost certainly your hard drive and needs repair right now! In fact, many of the noises your computer will make are due to the hard drive. Isn’t it convenient we’re located in Fresno so you can get the fastest service possible? We want to make sure you keep all that precious data.

So give us a call or click the chat icon below to chat with one of our hard drive Nerds and to find out how we can make sure your information stays accessible!

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Questions nerds often hear about Fresno Desktop Hard Drive Repair

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.

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Common Terms

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.

Head Crash

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