Possible Causes of Laptop Hard Disk Failures & Ways to Overcome Them

Laptop hard disk failure is one of the most common laptop hardware problems. As well, laptop hard disk failures take place more often than those in desktops. Mishaps like the laptop sliding down or something falling onto your laptop are enough to damage the hard disk.

Below is a brief guide of top reasons and solutions when laptops run into a hard disk failure.

Hardware Faults – Faulty hardware component, need we say more?

Reason – The read/ write heads touching into the disks of the device cause damage to the platter’s magnetic surface. The damage can lead to permanent data loss.

Solution – Faulty hard disks can be returned to the manufacturer while they are still under warranty. However, in these cases, you may lose crucial data stored on the hard drive if at all it had been in use. 

Human Error – We humans are not able to handle our life well, let alone our laptops!

Reason – Failure to handle the hard disk effectively can lead to uncertainties like accidental deletion of crucial files, slipping the hard drive, and so on.

Solution – Human errors are the most common reason for hard disk failure. But with little diligence and alertness in handling the systems, hard drive mishaps can be curbed to a great extent.

Internal Failure – When your system decides to give you some freezing lessons with constantly clicking sounds from the hardware.

Reason – The moving parts inside the hard drive may face wear-and-tear with time, mechanically damaging the hard disk. Mechanical failures can also take place due to viruses, which affect the data on the hard disk.

Solution – Some of the common steps to enhance laptop hard disk life include updating the system regularly, using the latest antivirus program, and replacing the hard drive within 4-5 years of usage.

Power Surges – When power decides to play your system with frequent droppings, causing it to restart several times.  

Reason – The UPS gets unresponsive and either delivers too high or too low power. Natural causes like lightning strikes and thunder are also responsible for power surges.

Solution – Go for the best quality UPS from a well-known brand to avoid electronic failures. Also, keep your system turned off when it is not in use for longer periods of time. Consult HelpforSure for assured laptop repair assistance. 

Corrupt Files – Have a flight to catch? Spare a few more seconds and stay patient while your poor system is trying to restart or shutdown.

Reason – Unsystematic ways of system shutdown, accidentally closing programs, faulty applications, and irregular power can lead to damaging files. 

Solution – Always wait for all programs to close properly before shutting down the system. Make sure not to force shutdown either programs or the system to prevent hard disk failures. Also, avoid installing faulty applications as they carry malicious ware. If the problem persists, lookout for a trusted laptop repair service. 

In case you too are facing serious laptop hard drive issues, reach out to HelpforSure laptop repair services and get it fixed by our expert professionals.

The DIY guide to common laptop problems

With the amount of workload our laptops face every day, it’s bound to run into a few hiccups now and then. After all, it is just a machine. So, we thought to put together a list of common issues most people have and ways you can troubleshoot/resolve these laptop problems yourself.

Problem: Your laptop refuses to start no matter how many times you try

Reason: Although a booting issue can be caused by myriad reasons, the most common ones can often be traced back to the battery.

Troubleshoot: Check your power cable and adaptor for any signs of damage. If they seem good, the next step would be to check the battery. Depending on the make and model, battery replacement is often simple and the method would be mentioned in the instruction manual that came along with your machine. 

Problem: “I spilt coffee on my laptop!”

Reason: Clumsy hands!

Solution: Quick action is key. Immediately remove the power cable, switch your laptop off with the physical button and dab the excess liquid from the keyboard and wherever else there might be a spill. Avoid using hair dryers or any sort of heat to dry the water at all costs. It can damage your components further. Give it a few days to dry before attempting to power on your device.  

Problem: Laptop gets hot enough to make a dragon wanna retire

Reason: Lack of ventilation and an overworked laptop will cause overheating of the system.

Solution: Give your laptops some space to breathe. Work in cooler environments, prop it up a little to give the base some ventilation and make sure the cooling vents at the sides are left open. Cooling pads are also a great option.

Problem: Battery running out sooner than expected

Reason: Overheating, erratic charging, a rouge software or simply: an old battery.

Solution: We’ve already covered overheating above and an old battery can be replaced. Erratic charging can be caused due to a faulty charger or wall plug. As for the software issue, malware and viruses scan can help.

Here’s a quick video on how you can recalibrate the battery life estimates on your windows laptop.

Problem: You can make a cup of coffee by the time your laptop opens Google Chrome

Reason: An over-occupied RAM and a cluttered HDD are usually the culprits for this issue.

Solution: Try decluttering your hard drive by clearing unnecessary files with CC Cleaner (Not a promotion, just a recommendation!). Defragmentation can also help but your best bet would be to look into upgrading your RAM and your HDD to an SSD. And if the recent predictions are accurate, it might be the best time to make this decision.

Problem: Poof! Your data is gone

Reason: A corrupted, damaged or dead HDD can cause a lot of grief through data loss.

Solution: Sometimes, it could be a bad cable instead of a dead drive. Replace the power/data cable. In case of data loss, you can find data-recovery software online. Although, these often cost a ton of money and require some basic software knowledge. It’s always best to leave this issue to experts.

Problem: Can’t get online

Reason: Getting online might be a problem for a lot of laptops, especially with wireless internet.

Solution: Check the router positioning. WiFi works best when there is an uninterrupted line of sight between the laptop and the router. The “Troubleshoot” option in windows will also auto-resolve many network problems you face.

Problem: You can hear your laptop’s fan from across the room

Reason: Apart from the overheating problems mentioned above, dust can also lead to the laptop fan to overwork.

Solution: Clean your device regularly and avoid keeping them in a dust-prone environment. You can use compressed air or a small air blower to clean out the insides through the small vents in your laptop.

There may be a lot of other laptop problems that you might face, the Solutions to which may not be as easy as those suggested above. Well, you still have HelpForSure which offers superior laptop services and repairs in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Give us a call on 9980879514 or book a service request on our website and relax as we fix all your laptop problems.