5 silent killers that damage the hard drive

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Is your hard drive safe? Here are some silent hard drive killers that could compromise its functioning with a loss of files.

THEhard drive it is undoubtedly among the main devices used for data backup. Over the years, hard drives can be damaged due to various factors, which act undisturbed and quietly. In some circumstances, which are easier to detect, they can feel strange noises emitted by the disc, which indicate a mechanical malfunction of the drive. However, there are a number of issues where the corruption is not easily detectable, and in the long run there can be significant data loss.



In this article we have analyzed what the main causes of malfunction of a hard disk, which can hardly be discovered. It is good to pay attention to the health of your storage device, detecting any problems before it is too late.

1. Physical damage to the PC

When the computer is impacted, various internal parts may be damaged. The motherboard, RAM or hard disk may suffer a major damage. In these cases the PC may be unusable, but the data is probably still saveable. It is recommended to contact a specialized technician or contact Infolab Data for advice.

2. Spilled liquids

Liquids can cause permanent damage to your PC. If you are using a notebook, be careful when using drinks or other liquids around the notebook. It can take very little, a simple distraction and you could spill some liquid inside the laptop. It should be noted that thehard disk is very well protected, so it can hardly be spoiled in this case. However, the surrounding electrical components can short-circuit, causing the laptop to malfunction.



Also in this case you can try to recover the files, disassembling the notebook and extracting the hard disk to recover the data.

3. Current peaks and overvoltages

This is a real hard drive killer. Power surges can cause enormous damage, not only to the hard drive, but also to other PC components. The moment an overvoltage occurs, the components must endure one sudden rush which, if not handled properly, can damage the motherboard, RAM and hard drive. Retrieving files from the hard drive may be more difficult, as the drive may be damaged. So it's important to turn to data recovery experts.

To prevent this problem, uninterruptible power supplies and filtered outlets can be used, which can help preserve the integrity of the system.

4. Corrupted files

Corrupted files can be caused by any viruses or bad sectors on the disk. These files are inaccessible and often unrecoverable. To avoid damaging your files, it is very important properly shut down the computerwithout suddenly disconnecting the electrical outlet. In fact, when the power fails or when the PC is turned off without the correct procedure, there is a serious risk of damaging the files and some sectors of the hard disk.

5. Overheating


The heat emanating from the hard drive is usually dissipated without problems. However, in some particular conditions, such as during the hottest seasons and with bad ventilation of the support, there is a risk of reaching dangerous temperatures, which could damage the device. For this reason it is necessary to make sure that the hard disk is well ventilated and does not reach too high temperatures during operation. Normally it is also possible to monitor the temperature with free software, to detect any excessive peaks.


Silent Hard Drive Killers: Conclusions

The hard disk proves to be a particularly delicate device, which must be checked periodically to avoid losing data. If you have suffered major damage and risk losing documents and files, you can contact us for advice. We can attempt to recover data from any model of hard drive, using the most advanced technologies in the industry.

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