How can I protect my hard disk from crashes and how can I know my hard disk’s life?

Venkat M May 7, 2012

My PSD folders are showing black color in ACD software. The files are opening, but folders are showing in black color.

  1. Igor Rizvi?
    July 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

    If you have a smart tehnology ,enable it on bios.And try checking wirh CrystalDiskInfo to see the current state of your computers harddrive

  2. shalauddin
    May 27, 2012 at 7:03 am

    my hard disk drive is now crased how can i get my data

    • ha14
      May 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      what do you mean by crashed?
      if it is not recognized on your windows pc or on any other windows desktop/laptop
      then try on linux or mac.

      you can buy another hard drive identical to yours and move the disk from your crashed hard drive to the new one.

      if the files are very important then you have to consider technical support from companies and it will cost.

    • Bruce Epper
      May 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Crashed in what manner? Do the disks still spin? Are the actuators still working? If the platters can still spin and the actuators are working, you may be able to recover data by using a Linux distro (read errors don't cripple it the way it does Winodws), although it will still take a long time.

      (I had to do this in January when my primary drive crashed in order to recover work in progress on a 1.5TB drive. It took about 40 hours to get most of it - lost only 3 files or about 2GB of data. Those were database files I lost, but I was able to recover all of my transaction logs since my last database backup and was able to restore everything. It just took more work.

      If the platters don't spin, or the stepper motor for the actuators have died, you will need to bring it to a recovery specialist to try to recover your data. It requires expensive specialized equipment as well as knowledge to do this kind of recovery. The service will be expensive, normally a $400 minimum and a per GB rate for what they are able to recover for you with no guarantee that they will be able to recover anything at all! This type of service can easily run into the thousands, but if the data is that important it may be worth it for you.

      May 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Hello, this all depends on whether your disk just crashed or it is completely dead. When you start up your computer, do you hear any noise coming from harddrive? Any rattling? Any beeping? If you enter BIOS, is your harddrive recognized there? If your disk is recognized in BIOS, chances are you can recover your info and fix your drive at least until you recover the contents.

      Besides using a linux distro like knoppix, you could also try moving your drive to another computer to see if it is recognized. I think you would have to give more info.

  3. Alan Wade
    May 16, 2012 at 9:35 am

    If its a SSD drive then you can try SSD Life, they have a free version so make sure you click on that.

  4. zeeshan khan
    May 13, 2012 at 3:28 am

    You cannot stop it from crashing! You must keep a back-up online and probably get a portable hard drive and back-up your data on that.

    I don't know a software that can tell the life. Sorry.

    I hop I helped!

  5. KamilKozyra
    May 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    You can't prevent crashes. Just keep backups up to date. I know PC Wizard has some estimated hard drive info that concerns hard drive life.

  6. ReĆ½ Aetar
    May 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    replace it when its out of warrenty as there is no way you can predict hdd crash or just store your data in cloud

  7. Aruzmeister
    May 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

    you have to be very carefull about use appropriate power supply and maintain the defragmentation and use tune up utilites 2012 to clean the wasted file and corrupt ones.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Hello, there is really no reliable way of protecting your drives from crashing. The best insurance you can have is backing everything up. The first symptoms are bad sectors on drive. Once you see that, make sure you have a recent backup handy. If possible make sure to create images of your system so that you can avoid a long reinstall of all your settings, programs, etc.

  9. Susendeep Dutta
    May 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Hard Disk Crash (With some technical aspects explained) -

    Tips to Protect Hard Disk Crash -

  10. ha14
    May 8, 2012 at 9:19 am

    you can try some S.MA.R.T. tools that montor had drive health and aleret you in advance in case hard drive failure.


    ATTO Disk Benchmark

    Active SMART

  11. Kyem Ghosh
    May 8, 2012 at 4:49 am

    protecting Hard Drives from crashes? Crashing is just unpredictable.... You buy a hard drive today, you may get it crashed tomorrow.... Yes you can fix it but you can't get your data back unless u hav a backup.... There is no guarantee of the life....

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