Why Did My Hard Drive Crash? It’s Only 6 Months Old!

December 10, 2012

One of the parts of a computer that sort of “runs the show”, is called the hard disk drive. Think of it as a tiny LP record player. That is sort of what it looks like if you were to actually open one up and look inside. The hard disk contains all your information. When you install Quicken, or when you save a document, or when you check your email (unless you use web based email) or go to websites all of those programs and data are located on a hard disk inside your computer. So when the hard disk fails, your data goes with it.

I’m often asked by people that lose all of their information from a “crashed” hard disk, why? But the computer is only 6 months old? Or they try to blame a specific brand or they want to blame themselves because they “did” something to cause it to crash.

Let’s get one thing straight about hard disks. It doesn’t matter how old it is, it doesn’t really matter what brand it is. There is no such thing as a hard disk drive that won’t crash, and it does not matter what brand it is or how old it is. ALL hard drives are going to crash. Period. You may never be able to tell when, it will most likely be a random event, when you least expect it.

In this digital world if you care about the data that is on that hard disk, you better have two copies at all times because at some point one of them will fail. This is why we always say backup your computer. How do you backup your computer? That is not a quick answer, but it needs an explanation. See my post on backup up in the archives.


One Response to “Why Did My Hard Drive Crash? It’s Only 6 Months Old!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

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