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I've seen so many people distraught over the failures of their hard drives—I've even seen people in tears! (Imagine losing a mostly-finished doctoral dissertation that you never backed-up, or losing your digital photos of departed loved-ones?)

So I thought it'd be a good idea to make sure people here know how to recognize the symptoms of an impending failure.

So, what are those symptoms? There aren't any!

That's right; most hard drives seem to work perfectly fine, right up to the minute when they fail catastrophically, with no warning at all.

It doesn't always happen like that. Sometimes (rarely) the drives will make odd clicking noises, or cause freeze-ups, or generate read/write errors before they die.

But not usually.

Usually they work just fine, until they suddenly they don't work at all.

Moral of the story: Back up your drive!
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