Internal Desktop Hard Drive
The hard drive stores all of the installed programs and data your computer contains. It can read and write data, meaning it can store data and also fetch data for later use. If the hard drive fails, you can lose some or all your important programs and data. A computer hard drive is a delicate instrument. It must be handled with great care to prevent damage. When not in use, it should be kept in a anti-static bag. If computer needs service, let our experts diagnose it for you. Call us to make an appointment.
Laptop Hard Drive
A laptop hard drive is a commonly replaced part. Sometime a hard drive fails and the computer will not boot, or it boots but suddenly locks up. Be careful not to bump your laptop around while it is running, or sudden hard drive failure could occur. If your laptop needs service, call us to make an appointment. We can diagnose your hard drive failure, recover your files and reinstall your operating system.
Solid State Hard Drive (SSD)
SSD hard drives do not use any moving parts like traditional hard drives do. They use solid state memory chips to store the data. This makes the hard drive more rugged and more able to withstand shock and vibration. SSD hard drives are much faster than traditional hard drives. Initially the prices were high, but the prices have recently come down. It is a good idea to consider using a SSD hard drive for your next hard drive replacement. Check with our computer experts for pricing and availability.
External USB Hard Drive
A great way to store your files and data backups. Common sizes we stock are 500GB, and 1TB USB external hard drives. It can store backups of your documents, photos, music, etc. A USB external hard drive is commonly used while transferring files from one computer to another. Read about our data transfer service.
What to do if you think your hard drive failed?
Maybe it no longer starts. Do you just get a blue screen or hear a clicking noise? That is a sign your hard drive may have failed. Let us perform a professional diagnosis to determine what is causing the problem. If the hard drive has failed, we can install a new one and re-install operating system so that your computer works properly again. Do you have important data on it? photos, documents, email, files that are irreplaceable? In many cases we can recover your files during the in-shop service, but in some cases, a laboratory data recovery is necessary. Read more about our data recovery service.
If your hard drive has failed:
- Do not attempt to fix it yourself. Your repair attempts could make it worse.
- Do not attempt to use the recovery partition to restore your computer, this can result in data loss of your photos, documents, email, or files. For best results, have a professional diagnose and repair your computer.
- Never disassemble a hard drive, only a data recovery specialist would be able to recover the files.
- Do not move a drive while it is operating, or internal damage could occur.
- Do not take the hard drive out or handle it without proper precautions. Hard disks are very delicate and sensitive instruments, they must always be transported in an anti-static bag.
Backups are necessary
You can protect your important data by backing it up automatically to any USB hard drive device. Never backup your files to the same drive! Failure is too common. Do not “store all your eggs in one basket”. We suggest using a USB external Hard Drive to store your backups. Our experts can setup a backup software. The backup type we use is a mirror backup and we select the user account for the sources so that all the photos, documents, music, and email will be backed up. Call for price and availability. Read more about our backup solutions.
We are the only computer repair business on the North Coast with two locations to serve you. We service Windows and Mac. We sell new computers and fix them too. Mike, Shaun, Wayne, Zachary, Dominic, and Mark are qualified to meet your computer service needs.
Service areas include Long Beach Peninsula, Long Beach, Ocean Park, Ilwaco, Seaview, Chinook, Surfside, Oysterville, Klipsan Beach, Nahcotta, and Naselle. Our Seaside Oregon store serves Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart, Seaside, Cannon Beach, and Arch Cape.
Call us: Long Beach, WA (360)642-2125 / Seaside, OR (503)717-5523