March 15, 2011

How you can Recover Seamlessly from your Laptop's Hard Disk Crash

The secret to being able to promptly recover from your laptop's hard disk crash is to prepare for this catastrophe happening to you.

Your laptop's hard disk would be the first of the most critical hardware that would most likely break down. It will eventually die out after one or two years of constant use because there is something in the way that it is made that makes it prone to early failure. The hard disk is a mechanical device that features a spinning disk being read and written electronically with a read/write head. It is a fragile equipment that you should not rely on to last for a long time.

To make sure that you would not be left without a computer when your hard disk breaks down, it would be a good idea to buy a spare mobile hard disk that you can readily replace your old hard disk with when it crashes. It is best to buy this replacement hard disk at the time when you purchase your laptop. You then can save time checking out the specifications and local availability of a replacement hard disk when your existing hard disk breaks down. It can save a lot of stress and trouble after you have just found out that your hard disk has crashed.

The files that you have created in your laptop represents a great deal of time and creative investment. You should not leave them in your laptop without backing them up. You don't need a sophisticated backup program that you need to study for and use for sometime before you become comfortable using it. If your laptop has a CD or DVD drive that can burn blank discs, you can just copy your important files to CD or DVD disk and keep the disks on a safe place. You have to do this regularly and don't fail to do so at the time that you have set down based on how frequently you change or add to your data.

If you have a large amount of data to backup, then you should study how your laptop's backup progrm operates and use it to backup your files. Follow the instructions carefully and perform backup activities when they fall due. Have enough external media space available so you would not miss on backing up at schedules times. Label your backup media carefully and keep them on a safe place away from dangers of them being destroyed or stolen.

Check if your laptop came with a disc containing the installation files of your operating system. If you don't have one, ask your computer dealer how you can get a copy of the operating system's installation files. Your hardware manufacturer may be able to provide one upon request or you may be asked to download the files and burn them on a blank DVD. Be sure that you have a working operating system installation disc and keep it safely stored for use when your laptop's hard disk breaks down.

Check also if your laptop came with a disc that contains the hardware drivers for the components inside your laptop. If you don't have one, your hardware manufacturer may have provided a means by which you can create a CD or DVD disc containing the hardware drivers for your laptop’s components. Don't wait for your laptop to break down before creating this drivers disc. If you still don't have one, make one now and keep it at a safe storage place.

You may have purchased additional hardware for your laptop and installed their drivers using the driver disc supplied to you by your hardware vendor. Keep this disc in a safe place so you can readily reinstall the drivers when your hard disk fails. You may have also bought software applications that you use in your professional or business activities. Keep the installation discs of these applications in a secure place so that you can promptly reinstall them when you replace your broken hard disk.

Your laptop may already have software applications installed when you bought it. However, it may not have shipped with the installation files for these applications. When you replace your hard disk, you would need those installation files to reinstall your software applications. Your computer manufacturer may have provided you with a way to create a disk that contains your software application installation files. You should not wait for trouble to happen and make one now. Otherwise, you will have to download them from the Internet at a time when your laptop is not usable because of hard disk failure.

Your laptop's hard disk is designed so that you can replace it when it breaks down. Remove your laptop's battery before replacing your computer's hard disk. There will be a disc sign on the place where your hard disk is installed at the back of your laptop. You will need to remove two screws to open this storage space. Never pull the cover of the hard disk up because the hard disk's interface with your laptop may break. This is very important. Never pull the cover up. Instead slide the cover toward the side of your laptop. You can use a small flat screwdriver to slide the cover away.

You will have to remove four screws on the cover to disengage the old hard disk from the cover. Ensure that the screws will not roll down the floor and get lost. Check first how the old hard disk is placed on the cover before finally removing it. Place your new hard disk on the cover in the same way that the old hard disk had been placed. Screw the new hard disk ensuring that you do not tighten the screws too much. Place the back the hard disk to your laptop by pushing and sliding it toward the center of the back of your laptop. Replace the two screws that attaches the hard disk cover to the back of your laptop. Replace the battery and turn the laptop on.

Go to the BIOS setup and choose the option to boot from the CD ROM drive. Insert your operating system installation disc and reinstall your operating system. Use your hardware drivers disc to reinstall the hardware drivers of your laptop's components and peripherals. Use your applications disc to reinstall your application programs. Finally, restore your files to the new hard disk by copying them back or by using your operating system's backup program.

The key to the smooth restoration of your laptop to its former usable status after a hard disk crash is a good preparation for when the eventuality will happen to your computer. Follow the steps that I have outlined and you will be able to recover your laptop promptly and easily from a hard disk failure. Avoid the stress and financial cost that hard disk failure entails. Be prepared for when this catastrophic failure will happen to your laptop.

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