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Cryptic messages, strange noises, unexplained disappearances…

20th December 2016


Warning signs that your hard drive is about to fail


Whilst most computer components are electrical, the hard drive is mechanical, and like anything mechanical its life is limited, over time its performance will deteriorate and ultimately it will die!


And when it does it can take with it all the files stored on it.


What’s stored on your computer hard drive? Family photos? Work files? Music? Emails? Personal docs?


Imagine the stress, upheaval and upset of losing some, or all of these valuable files.


Whilst it might be possible to retrieve lost data, at a cost, there are steps you can take to avoid the trauma of data loss due to hard drive failure.


A simple step to take is to ensure that you back up your data regularly, so in the event that your hard drive does give up the ghost you have a duplicate copy of all your important documents.


As with most things mechanical (think about your car for example), your hard drive might show signs of impending failure. Slow operating speeds, unusual noises/sounds and error messages are all easy to detect and can be signs that your hard drive is far from happy.


Noise, or even a lack of noise, is a very good indicator that all is not well. If you hear anything unusual, whether it be grinding or thrashing noises, coming from your hard drive you should take action and quickly. Similarly long periods of silence when trying to open a folder or file isn’t normal.



If your computer (hard drive) starts to display any of the above symptoms take action immediately. Back up all files if you can and stop using the device whilst you seek expert help.


Sometimes however a hard drive will die without warning. If this happens to you it’s important not to panic. Help is at hand thanks to Data Resus from Cardwave™.


Data Resus uses the latest generation software packages and hardware tools for recovering data (files and photos) from all types of media. We offer a ‘DIY’ style recovery software (including a free online evaluation), plus a ‘no recovery, no fee’ send-in service for sensitive, large, or difficult to recover data.


Find out more about Data Resus now at



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