It is never a good sign when a hard drive starts to make a new noise. It means that drive failure is imminent. Although there are variations, most drives are fairly silent when they are running. The tip-off to hard drive failure is either a new noise or a dramatic reduction in PC performance. If it has just started clicking, or if it only clicks occasionally, this means something has changed, and change in a hard drive is a bad thing.
Hard drives form the basis of our computing. The use of computers comes down to manipulating data, and the hard drive is, of course, where we store all our data; family albums, music, work documents, email, the list goes on.
Most of the components in your computer are electronic devices. They don’t fail with time like a mechanical device such as a car. But your hard drive is one of the few mechanical devices used in modern computing, and as such, it’s destined to die eventually.
It’s important to learn to recognize the warning signs of an imminent hard drive failure, since you might not have the budget for an extensive back-up system, so you can rescue all that data before it’s lost—sometimes forever, irretrievable at any cost.
Sometimes hearing strange grinding and thrashing noises means your drive is, or is about to be, beyond repair. If you’re hearing strange noises then act very, very quickly—you probably don’t have much time.
If you have a hard drive that’s failing, starting to fail or even if you suspect it of showing the signs of failing, do not hesitate to have Frankie OnCall take a look at your computer to help save your system!