Rescue your hard drive
Question : My hard drive crashed although my computer is only 10 months
old. A computer technician who looked at my hard drive said it was broken and
not infected with a virus. Can anything be done to prevent a hard-drive crash?
Answer : Factors that can contribute to early hard-drive death include
jarring or dropping the computer while the system is on and the drive is
spinning. Keeping the computer in a stationary, stable position when using it
can help, but it is also possible that the drive crashed because of defective
Grinding and clicking noises coming from the drive are often signs that it is
headed for mechanical failure, and you should have a technician look at it as
soon as possible. Hard drives are motorized, mechanical objects with moving
parts inside that break down eventually, and backing up the data on your
computer to disk or external drive is often the best defense against hard-drive
While you may have to get a replacement drive, the irreplaceable parts of the
computer like digital music, photos and e-mail are safe in your system backup
and can be restored to the replacement drive or new computer.