Overheating Hard Drives: Causes and What You Can Do

If you’ve ever had hard drives fail, you understand the pain of losing your important data. There are many ways a hard drive can fail. One of the most common ways is through overheating.

Hard drive health is important because it can be all that remains between your information and data exposure. It’s critical to understand the causes and the symptoms of failure, so you can prepare for the necessary steps.

In the video or transcript below, learn what causes hard drives to overheat and how you can prevent it, so you never lose your important data.

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What Does It Mean When Hard Drives Heat Up

When hard drives begin to heat up, it’s inconvenient as well as a precursor of hard drive failure. It’s critical to be aware of the sign of hard drive failure because the recovery can end up costing time and money.

The sensitive components of hard drives can be seriously damaged by high temperatures. Additionally, one example of the risks include burned circuit boards.

Other issues can arise, including system crashes. However, it’s important to know you could lose all your data. If the drive is corrupt with bad sectors, you cannot access the hard drives. It’s especially risky if you don’t have a data backup plan in place.

Overheating Hard Drives: Causes and What You Can DoHard Drive Lifespans

According to recent studies, there is a steady decline in the lifespan of hard drives. Additionally, the largest drop offs are between year 3 and 4. 

If these numbers are extended beyond year 4 of a hard drive’s life, the projected estimates would show roughly 50% of hard drives failing after year 6.

There are always outliers like malware and heat damage which cause early failure in drives. However, proper maintenance and a little bit of luck can extend lifespans dramatically. It’s important to note this data’s trend: all hard drive life expediencies eventually reach 0%.

No matter the preparation and preventative measures, hard drives can only last so long. Therefore, it’s critical to take the proper steps to protect and safe the information on the drives. This will help with the recovery process if something happens as well as ensure you have a copy.

Symptoms of Overheated Drives

When a hard drive is failing, it tends to show certain symptoms. Those include:

    • Clicking, whirring, and other unusual sounds
    • Hard drive fails to boot, mount, or be recognized in BIOS
    • Bad sector and extensive file corruption error messages
    • Nonfunctional cooling systems and poor ventilation

An Overheat Response Plan

Check Ventilation: Check to see if your drive/device has access to sufficient ventilation and has working cooling systems. If drives temporarily overheat from lack of air, the data on the device will still be able to be read once the drive has cooled.

Back Up Immediately: If you haven’t already, backup all data in case symptoms increase. Common backup methods include creating backup copies using cloud storage, document management systems, or a second hard drive.

Don’t Boot: If you recognize any other overheating symptoms or it persists after ventilation changes, don’t boot up the drive. These issues can be from malfunctions with hardware like actuator heads. Additionally, trying to either repair or boot the drive can cause further media damage.

Overheating Hard Drives: Causes and What You Can DoWhen Overheating Turns to Drive Failure

When overheat damage is so severe the hard drive is inaccessible or unusable, there’s still a way to recover the data that hasn’t been backed up already.

Hard drive recovery services are available as a last-ditch option for a failed hard drive. Many services use ISO cleanrooms to safely repair or replace damaged hardware. Additionally, they restore read/write access to the drive providers can also use firmware microcode equipment.

Hard Drive Overheating or Need Recovery?

Hard drive safety is important because of data privacy. Taking care of hard drives limits the risk of data exposure and theft. Let Record Nations help you with your hard drives, including setting up cloud storage or DMS systems. We can help with hard drive recovery services as well.

To start the process, fill out the form on the right, use the live chat option, and call Record Nations at (866) 385-3706. Afterwards, you’ll receive free quotes on services from local professionals. We will help you protect your data.

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