When you think of all the components in your PC that require care, what comes to mind first? Perhaps it’s the processor, which – without a heat sink – will shut down your computer within seconds, and even potentially damage itself. Maybe it’s the graphics card, whose job is so intensive that it needs both cooling and the right drivers to keep it stable. The motherboard, the RAM, even the power supply – people often ensure to take good care of these components and make sure they’re functioning properly.
But what about the hard drive?
Out of all the components, the hard drive seems to get the least amount of love. This is surprising, as it’s one of the most valuable components in your computer. You can compare hard drive prices to that of high-end processors and graphics cards all you like, but one thing is always true; despite the cost that comes with a fried component (especially if it takes its slot on the motherboard with it), it can’t compare to the potential catastrophe that can come with data loss. Components may cost money, but data loss can erase precious memories, years of hard work, and even businesses.
In future articles, we will discuss topics such as how a hard drive can die, what you can do to monitor its health, and precautions you can take to prevent data loss. For this article, let’s explore what a hard drive is, and how one stores your data.
In part 2 of this article tomorrow we’ll look at how our hard drive works and why it can be vulnerable to damage.