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How long can you use it? Learn the useful life of HDDs and SSDs

HDDs and SSDs also have a useful life. Generally, it is called “lifetime”. HDDs and SSDs naturally deteriorate with the frequency of use, environment, and the passage of time. Keep in mind that it will eventually become unusable due to a breakdown. And it’s important to be prepared before troubles occur frequently and can’t be solved. Therefore, this content explains useful life of HDDs and SSDs.

1. Difference in useful life between HDDs and SSDs
2. What affects useful life of HDDs and SSDs?
3. Conclusion
HDDs and SSDs are consumables. Many things that cause breakdowns, such as shock, heat, and static electricity, are hidden in our daily lives. By taking care of your HDD or SSD every day, you can take measures such as backing up before it becomes irreparable. It should also be a guide for when to replace your PC.
Since usually an HDD or an SSD containing important data, it is recommended that you are prepared in case of emergency, while paying attention to how to use it so that its useful life will be extended as much as possible.

What to do if you hear an abnormal noise from the HDD?

If you use a same computer for a long time, you may hear strange noises from the internal hard disk. If you hear the sound for the first time, you may think that it is temporarily in bad condition and leave it as it is. However, the abnormal noise of a hard disk can be a precursor to failure. So as not to be too late to deal with, keep in mind what to do if you hear a strange noise. By the way, in case of an SSD, since it is a type of memory, there is almost no noise. However, instead, data may suddenly become unreadable or the drive itself may become unrecognizable without any warning. Therefore, be especially careful when using it, and make sure you learn what to do in the unlikely event.

1. Sounds from an HDD
2. What to do if you hear an abnormal noise from a HDD
2-1. If a PC can still be started normally
2-2. If data is corrupted
2-3. If your PC does not start
3. Conclusion
HDDs and SSDs are consumables. Therefore, if you continue to use it for a long time, it deteriorates and eventually breaks down. For example, HDDs are generally supposed to be replaced about 2 to 3 years. However, some stop working within one month after purchase, and some can be used even after 10 years. Therefore, it is also important to periodically start dedicated software such as CrystalDiskInfo and check the S.M.A.R.T information in order to grasp the possibility of failure in advance.
* “S.M.A.R.T information” is a numerical value that manages health status of an HDD or an SSD by a diagnostic function of the HDD and SSD itself. It is very important to learn how to deal with an abnormal sounds from an HDD or an SSD in advance so that you will not be in panic.

Learn not to panic! What to do when an HDD or an SSD is not recognized

“Although I started my PC, for some reason it doesn’t recognize a hard disk” or “I connected a new HDD or SSD but my PC doesn’t recognize it” These are phenomenon that often occur when connecting an HDD or SSD. Even these are common problems, some people may be in a panic since HDDs and SSDs are important devices storing important data. In case of such a situation, it is better to learn what to do if an HDD or an SSD are not recognized by a PC.

1. Common symptoms and causes when an HDD or an SSD is not recognized
2. What to do when an external HDD is not recognized
3. Conclusion
These days, PCs are essential not only for jobs, but also for individuals. However, it is possible that HDDs and SSDs may suddenly get stuck. When you use a new HDD or an SSD, of course daily maintenance is important, though, in addition, remember what to do if an HDD or an SSD are not recognized as necessary knowledge.

My tasks does not progress at all!
What to do if an HDD and SSD speed slows down

When you use your PC for a long time, do you sometime feel that it is slower than usual? If your work doesn’t go as planned, you be frustrated. If your PC is slow, it may be due to an HDD or an SSD, which is information storage part of your PC. What should you do in such a case? This content introduces four countermeasures that can be used when an HDD or an SSD speed slows down.

1. Signs when transfer speed of an HDD or an SSD is slow
2. Four solutions to try if an HDD or an SSD becomes slow
2-1. Deleting resident programs
2-2. Deleting unnecessary programs
2-3. Disk cleanup and OS updates
2-4. Checking security status
3. Conclusion
When an HDD or an SSD is slow, effective countermeasures vary depending on causes. You may be able to improve speed of an HDD or an SSD by simply removing dusts from a fan part of your computer, although it is not mentioned above. In order to use your computer without any stress, firstly check why your HDD or SSD is slow.