Even though laptop hard drives are designed to be more sturdy than the usual desktop hard drives, they are constantly shaken, moved, and exposed to temperature and even electric power swings. So laptop hard drives crash. Usually the hard drive crash is detrimental for your data. It is no wonder laptop owners have been asking about visible signs of the upcoming drive crash. So they can prepare and rescue their data on time. Here I will answer 5 most frequently asked questions about visible signs of the upcoming laptop hard drive crash.
Q: Does getting a Blue Screen Of Death mean that my hard disk has crashed?
A: Not quite. It does mean that the operating system has reached a severe inconsistency, and it is likely a hardware related problem. However, it does not mean that your laptop's hard disk is crashing. However, because of the abrupt nature of the shutdown during Blue Screen Of Death, BSOD, your hard disk could get damaged at the point of BSOD, especially if the hard disk is in the middle of the write operation when BSOD happens. So run check disk on all disk drives when you bring the computer back.
Q: Are frequent hangups a sign of a bad hard disk?
A: This is quite likely. Or it could be a corrupt file residing on a hard disk. Things could go from bad to worse. Try reinstalling or repairing the operating system, and run disk checks. Back up your data first.
Q: It seems my hard disk is in trouble. I keep getting "Operating system not found" as I try to boot my laptop.
A: Yes, this could be a bad hard disk or really badly corrupted operating system file. Try using a start up CD or DVD disk, install your system drive as an extra drive and run a check disk on the drive. That may or may not help.
Q: My laptop refuses to boot. After the initial greeting, all I see is the blank screen.
A: This may not be a bad hard drive per se but you could be looking at a unseated hard drive. Maybe the power connection or another vital pin connecting the hard drive with the motherboard is loose. Follow the manufacturer's directions, unseat the drive, inspect the pins, and reseat the drive. Does that help?
Q: My laptop won't boot sometimes, and sometimes it does.
A: This could be a similar case as the previous question. See above for directions.