Bad Hard Drive
So you`ve had your hard drive for a couple of years and are wondering whether you should replace it before it kicks the bucket. We wouldn`t want all those memories to be erased without warning, so what might be some signs that our hard drive is going bad

One of the most common bad hard drive symptoms are the loud noises. Clunks, crashes, and clicks are unwelcome sounds for this means that the actual physical components are under stress and are on the way to total failure. Backup files at once when you hear these.

A general slow-down of the system could also be one of the signs of a bad hard drive. As it is, regular and consistent data processing wears down the drive, and there will always be some threshold to its actual use. Again, perform disk backups once you notice this.
Bad Hard Drive
Unknown errors and frequent operating system crashes also signal hard drive problems. When all these happens on a more consistent basis, you could perform run software that could seek out bad sectors (i.e. corrupted parts of the hard drive) and thus give you more time to save your files.

If you notice that most of these things are happening, it`s wise to turn on your computer`s Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART). The option to flip the switch is found the BIOS configuration of your computer, and could be accessed just by pressing Del repeatedly. Turn on SMART within the BIOS, and an ensuing reboot could give you the needed information about your hard drive.

A hard drive going bad is one of the most frustrating things that could happen to any user. But just remember to backup your files regularly and be alert for all these warning signs, and you`ll be confidently prepared.