If your computer appears to be failing, your first priority should be saving your data. You might have 5 months, 5 weeks or 5 minutes until it stops completely. Because of this uncertainty, you should turn your computer off immediately and call me for help. The sooner in the process that I attempt data recovery, the higher the chances of success.
Signs of a failing hard drive can include:
- Overall slowness
- Very slow booting
- Blue screen errors
- Trouble retrieving and saving documents
- Freezing when trying to view your documents (or other) directory
- Freezing when trying to open a program
- Unusual noises
As you can see, your computer generally doesn’t come right out and tell you that your hard disk is failing. You have to be aware of the signs and take appropriate action if you suspect a problem. Sadly, ignoring a problem means that the disk will definitely fail at some point – and getting the data back then can be impossible, or at least very expensive.
Which brings us to the topic of backup. If your computer is working fine, but you are NOT backing up your data regularly, then you are at risk. Imagine waking up tomorrow and not being able to access 15 years of family pictures, financial records or emails. This is especially important if you have a business. Losing personal emails, documents or family pictures can be devastating, but life goes on. Losing your business data can put you out of business in a hurry. Don’t let this happen to you. I can help you setup a backup process so that a catastrophe doesn’t occur.