Since Brian’s post about maximizing battery life was interesting to some of you, I thought I would follow with some useful tips to help you get the most out of your laptop’s hard drive.
Hard drive failure is unfortunately one of the most common hardware problems a computer owner can face. A quick look at the inside of a SATA hard drive reveals why this is the case:
On the inside a hard drive resembles an old turntable record player, with multiple platters stacked between several actuator arms. As you may expect, the engineering of these devices has to be pretty precise. It only takes a small disturbance to knock the mechanism out of whack, and render the hard drive inoperable.
Since most laptops are used on the go, it’s no surprise that notebook hard drives fail more often than their desktop counterparts. Dropping your laptop or jostling it firmly while the hard drive is spinning can easily cause serious damage, destroying the drive and rendering your data unrecoverable. Luckily, this type of damage can be avoided.
Here are a few tips to preventing damaging your notebook hard drive.
Even using the precautions above, hard drive failure can still occur. Be sure that you back up any files you can’t replace, like photos, music, or important documents on an external drive or on DVD/CDs to avoid a costly data recovery bill in the event your hard drive does fail. As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”
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