A Slow Computer: Most hard drives contain moving parts. The slower the moving parts get-the slower your computer gets. Your hard drive will eventually take longer to boot up and retrieve files which will have an impact on everything you do on your computer.
The Blue Screen of Death: When your computer locks up and only shows a blue screen with an error code it is a classic Windows error. The more often your computer does this-the bigger your problem is.
Not Booting Up: When you turn on your computer it loads a program that is stored on your hard drive...your operating system. If some of the files have problems or can't be found Windows won't boot up. The error messages you get may vary but the outcome is the same...the computer will not boot up.
Corrupted Files: There are times that you cannot open a file because it is corrupted. This means that some necessary piece of the file is missing and your computer cannot open a file that has missing pieces.
Unfamiliar Noises: There are normal noises that your computer makes and you are used to hearing them. If your hard drive is failing these noises may begin to change. You might hear a grinding noise, clicking, or even a noise that sounds like a sci-fi laser. Noises may also speed up or get louder.
If you feel that something is wrong...STOP and TURN OFF your computer. If something is going on and you continue to use it it may result in more data loss. Even if you don't have a back-up, turn the computer off. Do not try a quick back-up! The large task of backing up will cause extra stress on your already strained hard drive. Call us at 937-660-4899 to set up a time to bring it to us and we will do all we can to retrieve your data.