How to Fix the Hard Drive Worked Slow Then My Computer Died

I have a 750GB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drive. For a while, the drive functioned perfectly, but suddenly my PC died. I took the drive out and plugged it into my laptop multiple times with a SATA to USB adaptor. The vast majority of the 750GB is filled with data that I cannot afford to lose. Recently, I've experienced issues with the drive, which would spin up half of the time when I plugged it in but not the other half. I'm hoping that someone can walk me through the process of repairing the PCB so that I can get my data out of it.

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Dany· Answered on Jan 18, 2023

The hard drive in your Windows system is unquestionably one of its most significant components. A corrupted or failing hard disk can disrupt your computer's operation and cause additional problems. The hard disk may fail after accumulating faulty sectors over time or crash unexpectedly. Gradual hard drive failure is challenging to identify because its symptoms match those of other computer issues such as viruses and malware. These symptoms are typically filed corruption and a decrease in PC speed. Hard disk corruption is typically caused by increased bad sectors that accumulate and eventually disable the hard disk.

Possible causes of a highly sluggish hard drive:

  • Your hard disk will be shocked. Did you or a mail service drop it or strike the driver by accident? This may cause the drive to degrade quickly.
  • If your disk cannot write at or near its advertised speed (or the maximum speed of the connection type) with few interruptions from other programs, it may be malfunctioning or damaged.

I'd restart the computer and wait for it to load fully. To open Task Manager, press Ctrl+Alt+Del. Check for updates if the hard disk is consistently reading or writing at 100% when the system should be completely idle. Since Windows 11, pending updates have caused the PC to perform very slowly.

If no updates are available, restart the PC and double-check for the continual read/write at 100%. If everything is normal, yet it still runs extremely slowly, it is almost certainly malfunctioning. Back up your data as soon as possible. Then, for your final confirmation, boot up a fresh Windows machine. It is defective if the disk still runs slowly, which you will most likely notice throughout the OS installation.

To recover the deleted files and lost data on your hard drive, try the professional data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard or send your hard drive to a data recovery service for manual recovery. However, considering the high cost of hard drive recovery, you should attempt data recovery software, which is cheaper and faster than manual recovery services.

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