The Inevitable Hard Drive Crash and Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans

November 5, 2008

Yesterday, Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans was called for service of a small business client’s Microsoft Windows XP PC.  The client, Ms. Catherine Green of G-2 Graphics Design, was unable to access her computer and the DREADED error message, “Primary Drive Not Found,” appeared on her blank screen. Ms. Green’s PC is five years old and runs continuously.  Many consider a hard drive life of five years is reasonable for such a delicate and precise piece of equipment.

Onsite Computer Services installed a new drive and operating system and returned the PC to Ms. Green.  At that time, Ms. Green asked an appropriate question, “What makes a hard drive fail?”

Since the ubiquitous hard drive has become such an integral part of our lives (i.e. Tivos, iPods, camcorders, and computers), most individuals deal with hard drive failures at some point in time. Hard drives can cease to operate (i.e. crash, fry, die, freeze up, and decay) at any time and generally fail at the worst possible time, following the immortal Murphy’s Law.

Hard drives are sensitive electronic/mechanical devices, and they eventually fail from everyday use. A fast Google of ‘Hard Drive Failure’ yields an assortment of citations; however Onsite Computer Services suggests reading a short article to examine exactly what a hard drive crash entails, and how to prolong the life of your hard drives.

Head crashes are the most common type of hard drive crash.  Any mechanical device that spins in excess of 7000 RPMs for an extended period of time will eventually fail.  Imagine how long your automobile engine would survive spinning at 7000 RPMs.  Hard drives are amazing as some continually operate at speeds in access of 10,000 RPMs for many years.

As one might imagine, any mechanical contraption spinning in excess of 7000 RPMs is light and balanced to a high degree.  Any unnatural physical shock to a hard drive, spinning or still, has the potential to upset the drive’s sensitive balance.  Needless to say, bumping or dropping a hard drive is not a prudent idea.

The truth about hard drives is they can and do fail at any time and the most important concept to take from this post is the importance of a reliable backup – a topic that is near and dear to Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans.  Reliable backups prevent the need for expensive data recovery services when you’re faced with a hard disk failure and the loss of irreplaceable business data like accounting information.  How’s your backup regimen?  Can your business handle the complete loss of a PC and its data?  Contact Onsite Computer Services today, 504-469-6991 for an evaluation of your disaster plan, BEFORE disaster strikes.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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