HARD DRIVE NOT FOUND – You’re often about to need either hard drive replacement or a hard drive repair. If you don’t hear any odd sounds, like an annoying ticking sound, sometimes this can be repaired by our Raleigh Geeks computer technicians right on the bench without a hard drive replacement. If you get a ticking sound sort of like a sewing machine, and particularly if you’ve been ignoring a warning about “SMART HARD DRIVE FAILURE IS IMMINENT”, you’re probably looking at a hard drive replacement. And you better hope you have a backup of all your files, pictures, music, and the rest of your digital life. Sometimes this CAN be a loose cable – so there is some hope!
Disk Error Warnings
The best prepared Raleigh Geeks computer customer is one that pays attention to the computer. If you get messages such as the “hard drive failure imminent” when you boot up, you should notice it and act on it sooner rather than later. Too many times, we get customers through the door with hard drives that have failed and they tell us that, yes, they had seen that message but didn’t think too much about it. Really? Whenever your computer gives you any message about your hard drive failing, you NEED to pay attention. At least give your favorite Raleigh computer company, ideally Raleigh Geeks, a quick call to see if it’s something that you should follow up on.
You got the drive error message – now what?
Get a backup of your files – QUICK!
It is a REAL good time to get your files, including pictures, documents, and music backed up quickly. Best practices are that this should already be happening on a regular basis. There are some great backup programs out there including a basic backup program included with Windows. If you’re NOT using one of them, you need to really get one going before it IS too late. Try to minimize your usage of the computer and keep the disk activity as low as possible until you can get it diagnosed. This is NOT the time to break into an 18 hour World of Warcraft marathon.
Blue Screens and BIOS “Hard drive not found” messages
There’s not a lot you can do once you are getting the “hard drive not found” error. It could be cables loosened up, but you may very well be in trouble already. You need to shut off the computer and bring it directly to Raleigh Geeks computer repair in one of our convenient locations. Do NOT try to repeatedly boot it up. You are likely to cause more damage with a bunch of reboots.
You will need a hard drive replacement.
Other Hard Drive Messages
Somtimes, you will get a “Boot disk not found” error. These are similar and can come down to there being an issue with your hard drive. You may need a hard drive repair as above, but it also may be something as simple as having left your USB stick in the computer! Most computers these days will happily boot off the USB device first and if your computer doesn’t like what it finds, you’ll get a dire message that really IS not a big issue. Ditto for the CD/DVD drive. Remove any optical media disks and try again if there was one in there.
It may also be that some of the files on the computer have corrupted and require an operating system reinstall to resolve it. It also could indicate that you’ve got a virus having its way with your computer. Call Raleigh Geeks or come by to get a free diagnosis.