Hard Drive failures are among the most frustrating of computer problems. In the absence of a reliable backup procedure, a hard drive failure means hours of frustration reinstalling programs, configuring the programs, and re-entering data.
"Is my Hard Drive Shot?" a client inquires. While perhaps a bit more complex than determining if a CPU is shot, an experienced technician can readily determine if a Hard drive is Shot.
"This funky old Western Digital hard drive is SHOT!!" a client exclaims, citing the drive's lack of any sign of life at power up. A closer examination revealed absolutely no indication that it was shot. Further testing using a 20 Gauge High-Velocity Projectile Tester revealed the drive to indeed be Shot.
An experienced technician can tell that this drive is shot by noting subtle details about the drive. The frayed metal surrounding the gaping hole in the center of this drive is a fair indication that it is shot. The pellet holes surrounding the main hole supply additional evidence as to the drive's Shot-ness, adequate to conclude that the drive is indeed Shot.
The following picture provides a further example of a hard drive which is clearly Shot:
An experienced technician would quickly observe the cracks in the surface of the drive's case, as well as the lead smeared across the face of the case and quickly conclude that this drive is definitely Shot.
Here is a further example of a drive which is shot:
This was my wife's Samsung hard drive for about a year, until one day when it refused to return her data. "Is it Shot?" I inquired, to which she answered "No, but it will be in about 5 or 10 minutes!" The back yard was filled with the sound of her enthusiastic testing of the drive, and after Twenty Seven rounds of .22 caliber testing she concluded that the drive was indeed Shot!
In the next lesson, we shall learn how to determine if a CD-ROM Drive is Shot.
Lesson 3: Is my CD-ROM Shot??
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