Diagnose hard disk drive failure problems

Hearing a whining sound sometimes: –

*the hard disk is spinning at high speed inside its enclosure. This may be the sound you hear if it powers

down to conserve energy. You may hear it occasionally speed up when data is being accessed or written.

*if the sound is new or unusually loud, it could be an indication of a hard disk failure. Backup any critical data before tracking further action.

Hearing a ratcheting or tick tock sound :-

*As the drive reads and writes the data , the heads are moving.  This maybe the sound you are hearing and it may be not be a cause of concern.

*if the sound is new or unusually loud, it could be an indication of a hard disk failure. Backup any critical data before tracking further action.

The pc starts to boot but the operating system never starts or getting a message similar to cannot load operating sound:-

*the boot sector of the drive may be damaged. This may require a reformat of drive(Reformating wipes out all programs and data)

*the drive may failed and reqires replacement.

*the power supply has failed and needs to be replaced.

*the pc is unable to communicate with the hard drive. It may simply be a loose power connector or interface cable check, the cables to the hard disk.

One can access the hard disk only after booting from a floppy:-

You may have a boot sector virus or otherwise damaged boot sector. Scan with an up to date virus scanner.

Getting a hard disk failure message:-

*the pc is unable to communicate with the hard drive. It may simply be a loose power connector or interface cable check, the cables to the hard disk.

*the power supply could be failing.

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