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Your hard disk (often referred to as a hard drive) is usually where your computer stores all of your important data including documents, pictures, videos, music – and really, anything else you have on there. So how devastated would you be if you lost it all? Whether you keep your files on a Mac, PC, Laptop or external hard drive, it could potentially go at any time. You can expect your average hard drive to last for 3-6 years, depending on how much it is used and how much it is moved around. However, new hard disks have been known to fail within weeks and some hard disks have occasionally lasted in excess of 10 years.

It's not an exact science and there's little you can do to prevent a failure. Therefore you must work to responsibly protect your data in order to protect your business and reduce the financial impact should a failure occur. We always recommend everyone has a regular backup process in place to protect against theft, damage or mechanical failure.

Beware these signs of impending doom....

Computer slowing, freezing or crashing
There are loads of issues that can cause this but if your computer is being generally slow, or having frequent freezes and crashes, it could be a sign that your hard drive is struggling. It’s probably about time to sort out that backup.

Files becoming corrupted
If files are frequently not opening due to being corrupted, this could be the sign that your hard drive is entering it’s twilight years so isn’t remembering things quite as well. Now is the time to backup, before it’s too late!

Weird noises
A clicking noise is the equivalent of a death rattle for hard drives, and it might actually be too late. Good job you’ve already set-up a backup though, right?


Knowing these symptoms may help you to spot an impending failure but if your hard drive starts to fail then it is often too late to minimise the cost of your repair. Getting a backup before problems occur is therefore critical to ensure that all data is preserved and repair costs are kept to a minimum.

It may come as a shock, but a failed hard disk could not only risk losing valuable data. Without a recent image-based backup, it may actually be more cost effective to replace your entire computer – a financial shock that you may have little or no advance notice of!

Our preferred and recommended backup solution will allow us to rebuild your computer quickly to a state just prior to the failure – minimising costs, minimising system down-time and maximising the potential of retaining your valuable data.

If you're reading this because you're already suspecting you have a failure then all may not be lost. Hard drives are one of the easier parts to replace in a computer and even in the case of there being no backup, we can sometimes recover some or all of your data from a dying hard drive. Disclaimer: You should never pin your hopes on this. Magic wands are in short supply.


Contact us TODAY to find out more about our robust on-site & off-site backup solutions, data recovery and also our disaster recovery consultancy and planning services.


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