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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

If you’re hoping that you’ll be able to find something down here that we can’t fix, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Trust us, when we say anything, we mean anything. One of those things is the hard drive. This device stores all the information on your computer, from your family vacation photos to your hard-won Word documents of that novel you’ve been working on. It consists of a couple of spinning metal disks inside a metal case. Super-powerful rare earth magnets store and retrieve the data. This is why it’s a good idea to keep your computer away from magnets and magnetic fields. It can seriously mess with your data.   Here at the Sacramento Nerds On Call we see plenty of hard drives that need repair. One of the common reasons for needing repair is data corruption. Sometimes the system can just get old – and other times data is corrupted by a malicious virus. One surefire sign to call your Sacramento Nerds On call is if your computer starts clicking. This usually means the hard drive is about to fail, and if you don’t have backup, you could lose all your data. In fact, your computer really isn’t meant to make sound (except out the speakers of course) and if it does, there’s a pretty good chance it’s because of the hard drive. So if you think you have any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to talk with us about repair. We won’t charge you for an estimate, and it certainly couldn’t hurt to have some peace of mind about your computer’s hard drive, important as it is. Call or click the chat icon below to start!

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Questions nerds often hear about Desktop Hard Drive Repair Sacramento

  • 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.