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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

So, you decided to keep reading to find out what exactly what it was that we do? Good for you. One of the many devices that we can repair is the hard drive. The hard drive is a set of metal disks spinning around very quickly (seventy-two thousand times a minute) inside a metal case. Super-powerful neodymium magnets read and write the data on the hard drive but because all the information stored on your hard drive is magnetic, one of the things that you should definitely keep them away from is magnets. Magnets will seriously mess up your hard drive – although the shielding is better now than it used to be. The protection has improved and because it’s pretty uncommon for a hard drive to come in contact with another powerful magnet, this disastrous problem isn’t much of a concern for most people.   The more prevalent problem that we see here at the Portland Nerds On Call is the one of data corruption. This can happen when a virus gets on your computer, as happens most commonly. The virus spreads a lot like cancer and embeds itself in a lot of data clusters and when the virus is cut out, some of that data can be lost as well. There are a number of other ways your hard drive itself can need repair as well. When drives get older, they wear out and sometimes need repair, often replacement. If your hard drive is making a clicking noise, you probably should get it checked out! Nerds On Call in Portland is happy to fix any of these problems for you. Just give us a call or click the chat icon below to get started talking to one of our hard drive repair experts here in Portland!

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Questions nerds often hear about 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.