Why Would An External Hard Drive Fail?

by admin

External drives get a lot more physical use in that they get moved about more often, carried from place to place, in suitcases, handbags etc. Not all of them do but that is the point of them, data can be stored on them and transported from place to place so they are exposed to a lot more physical movement than an internal hard drive is in a tower.

With more physical movement it increases the chance that some mechanical damage could be done to the drive. If when carrying an external hard drive, it is not wrapped up in bubble wrap and protected then there could be a chance that some mechanical damage could occur and you may have the ‘click of death‘ when trying to plug in and access the data on your external hard drive. Hard drives, especially external ones are very fragile and when being moved about need to be handled very carefully or else mechanical failures will happen.

External hard drives will also fail the in the same way internal hard drives do. All hard drives can fail in the same way, usually either logically, electronically or mechanically. But as mentioned earlier external drives are subjected to more physical movement so mechanical failures are more likely to happen. However, they can also fail electronically (PCB failure) or logically i.e. media degradation.

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