Everyone has important work and personal documents stored on their computer. This information is stored on an internal hard drive, which can sometimes become corrupted.
When the computer crashes due to internal hard drive being damaged or corrupt, it can be a nightmare. There are some signs that always alert the user before a breakdown so you know when to take appropriate action. Fixing a corrupt internal hard drive requires a set pattern to be followed; help is available online or through experienced technicians.
Signs of a corrupted hard drive
Today, practically every activity that we do has some connection with a computer. Ensuring that the computer is always in the best condition is of utmost importance, or else life comes to an absolute halt.
Regulating the computer’s temperature and protecting it from viruses will prevent the internal hard drive from getting corrupted or worse crash.
Losing data on the computer or inefficient functioning of the system can be extremely frustrating. So, how does one know that the computer is misbehaving and the hard drive is corrupted? The following are some of the indicators:
- The computer slows down considerably
- The screen hangs or freezes often
- The screen changes color
- Files refuse to open
- Files disappear and reappear
- Strange sounds
- The computer shows that there is no free space available on the system
- The SMART tool within the system indicates that there is something wrong
What to do if your hard drive is corrupted
When you do think that there is something wrong with the system you should start by backing up all the files and documents on the current system.
Backup, as the name suggests, is storing files and other relevant documents either on an external hard drive or any other external computer storage device. This is done to make sure that the documents are safe. This process should be done on a regular basis, as it is difficult to recover files when the internal hard drive is corrupt.
Check to see whether all the internal cables are attached appropriately or need to be rewired or fixed; the three main points are the SATA power connector, the 4-pin Molex power connector and finally the SATA interface cable. Ensure the computer device is not plugged into a system when checking for this.
Once you are satisfied with the basic wiring system, you need to start the computer and run a complete disk check to test the health of the computer and the integrity of the information stored on it.
How to do the checkup
The following steps need to be followed in order to check the proper functioning of the programs:
- Navigate to My Computer
- Right click the hard drive icon
- Select the Properties option
- Click on Tools
- Go to Error-checking
- Select Check Errors, tick both the ‘Check local drive ‘ and ‘Schedule disk check’ when asked.
- After this, close all the programs and choose the option for check-up to take place automatically on rebooting.
- The system will start indicating all the corrupt files and programs. Delete the affected files or reinstall them again
What to do if the problem persists and the internal hard drive is totally corrupt
When a problem is detected on the computer that indicates the internal hard drive is completely corrupt, the internal hard drive is usually unscrewed from the computer and tested on another device to check to see if the problem is persists. If the problem occurs on the second device as well, reboot the system and reinstall the OS. This process takes a maximum of about an hour to complete.
The Operating System is preferably available on a DVD; it needs run on the corrupt system and reboot all the programs by entering BIOS and changing the settings in order to format the computer as per requirements.
If you are not particularly well versed in the repair system yourself, there are many tools that are available online that will assist you right from backing up files to suggesting data recovery tools. However, there are always technicians available on call who can fix all computer-related problems.