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Causes[ edit ] Some hard disk drives simply fail because of worn out parts,  [ clarification needed ] others fail prematurely.
Drive manufacturers typically specify a mean time between failures MTBF or an annualized failure rate AFR which are population statistics that can not predict the behavior of an individual unit.
Hard disk drive failures tend to follow the concept of the bathtub curve. If a drive proves reliable for a period of a few months after installation, the drive has a significantly greater chance of remaining reliable. Therefore, even if a drive is subjected to several years of heavy daily use, it may not show any notable signs of wear unless closely inspected.
On the other hand, a drive can fail at any time in many different situations. The most notorious cause of drive failure is a head crashwhere the internal read-and-write head of the device, usually just hovering above the surface, touches a platteror scratches the magnetic data-storage surface.
A head crash usually incurs severe data lossand data recovery attempts may cause further damage if not done by a specialist with proper equipment. Drive platters are coated with an extremely thin layer of non- electrostatic lubricant, so that the read-and-write head will simply glance off the surface of the platter should a collision occur.
However, this head hovers mere nanometers from the platter's surface which makes a collision an acknowledged risk.
Another cause of failure is a faulty air filter.
The air filters on today's drives equalize the atmospheric pressure and moisture between the drive enclosure and its outside environment. If the filter fails to capture a dust particle, the particle can land on the platter, causing a head crash if the head happens to sweep over it.
After a head crash, particles from the damaged platter and head media can cause one or more bad sectors. These, in addition to platter damage, will quickly render a drive useless. A drive also includes controller electronics, which occasionally fail.
In such cases, it may be possible to recover all data. This section contains information of unclear or questionable importance or relevance to the article's subject matter. Please help improve this section by clarifying or removing superfluous information.
If importance cannot be established, the section is likely to be moved to another article, pseudo-redirectedor removed. Learn how and when to remove this template message The phenomenon of disk failure is not limited only to drives, but also applies to other types of magnetic media.
In the late s, Iomega 's megabyte Zip disks used in Zip drives were affected by the click of deathcalled so because the drives endlessly clicked when accessed, indicating the impending failure.
If either the drive or the media is dirty, users may experience the buzz of death when attempting to access the drive. Signs of drive failure[ edit ] Failure of a hard disk drive can be catastrophic or gradual.
Gradual hard-drive failure can be harder to diagnose, because its symptoms, such as corrupted data and slowing down of the PC caused by gradually failing areas of the hard drive requiring repeated read attempts before successful accesscan be caused by many other computer issues, such as malware.
A rising number of bad sectors can be a sign of a failing hard drive, but because the hard drive automatically adds them to its own growth defect table,  they may not become evident to utilities such as ScanDisk unless the utility can catch them before the hard drive's defect management system does, or the backup sectors held in reserve by the internal hard-drive defect management system run out.
A cyclical repetitive pattern of seek activity such as rapid or slower seek-to-end noises click of death can be indicative of hard drive problems.
Modern HDDs prevent power interruptions or other malfunctions from landing its heads in the data zone by either physically moving parking the heads to a special landing zone on the platters that is not used for data storage, or by physically locking the heads in a suspended unloaded position raised off the platters.
Some early PC HDDs did not park the heads automatically when power was prematurely disconnected and the heads would land on data. In some other early units the user would run a program to manually park the heads.
Landing zones[ edit ] A landing zone is an area of the platter usually near its inner diameter IDwhere no data is stored.
Disks are designed such that either a spring or, more recently, rotational inertia in the platters is used to park the heads in the case of unexpected power loss.CPUID brings you system & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting quality softwares for your Windows & Android devices.
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