Hard Drive failure is a very common repair we handle everyday. They are the guardian of information, the keeper of programs and the home for your personal digital world. Every computer or device has some kind of hard drive in it. A hard drive’s job is to store your operating system, programs and program data, photos, videos, documents, downloads, and any other types of data. All this information in one place can be great for accessing it, but can also be catastrophic if your drive fails. Time on repairs like these can vary depending on how much data is needing to be recovered and transferred, but oftentimes we can have your computer in and back out the same day.
Hard Disk Drives are the most common form of storage today, they are not the lone form of storage in the industry. SSD’s or Solid State Drives have been around as early as 1978, but the first flash-based SSD was shipped by Sandisk back in 1991. Solid State storage comes in more form factors than a standard HDD because of the type of storage it uses, allowing it to be more compact. SSDs are also more durable since they don’t require platters to store the information, which also means they are significantly faster than a standard HDD. All this technology does come at a slightly heavier price tag than an HDD, but nowhere near the price difference from when SSDs were originally released. For most customers, we recommend the upgrade to Solid State as it’s performance benefits are more than worth the price increase.
Originally introduced by IBM in 1956, Hard disk drives or HDDs have been around for quite a while, and have come a long way since their introduction to the world. Coming in many different sizes and storage capacities, this form of storage is now the most common type found in laptops and desktops today. While it is the most common, that does not make it the most reliable. Unfortunately, the design of HDDs also makes them susceptible to drops, magnets, heat, liquid, old age, and many other things.
Your drive stores all of your information, because of this you want to make sure that you always have it as safe as possible. Proper cooling and mounting will help maintain any drive, but especially a mass storage HDD. Backing up your information or running a RAID setup for data duplication will also provide an extra bit of assurance that your data isn’t going anywhere.