By Aran Pitter, Data Recovery Specialists

Daily we feed our computers with valuable information and often we take the storage of this information for granted.

Photos of loved ones, business critical data and those important documents are all entrusted for safekeeping by our trusty computers and laptops.

This article will highlight that when a computer starts making unusual noises this may be a signal that something is malfunctioning, and our trusted equipment may begin to fail us and needs our urgent attention.

Unusual noises originating from a computer may be ignored by some work colleagues, your employees, or even by you at home as an intermittent fault that “will sort it-self out”.

This article will highlight the importance that such unusual noises should never be ignored and do warrant an immediate investigation to prevent possible data loss and to assist in data recovery.

Is it the computers fan or is it something more serious I can hear going wrong?

Often computer users may feel that an unusual noise is because of a miss-functioning computer fan- that is simply a minor irritation rather than something that could cause data loss.

Although this may be the case sometimes, it is worth making sure that you are confident where that noise is coming from as it could be an indication of hard disk failure is just around the corner, if you were to diagnose incorrectly!

If you don’t know the difference between a computer fan and a desk fan, it is definitely worth popping along to see an expert for their opinion.

It is arguably a big mistake if you are to ignore such noise’s coming from your computer as it could mean there could be irrecoverable data loss incurred if things go majorly wrong.

Are the screws just jangling loose?

Computers and laptops have moving components such as your hard disk and fan spinning at high revolutions.

Such moving parts can cause slight vibrations throughout the computer unit/case themselves. Such vibrations can overtime slightly loosen the screws which are fixed to your computer casing.

This is something you can check even if you have very little computer knowledge, as its does not entail opening up the computer unit itself.

It is worth looking at the base unit of your computer, just checking that the screws at the back are not worked loose at all. “Jangling screws” can cause especially on computer start-up’s, a vibration noise that may seem unusual.

Now to the important stuff! Is your hard disk at risk?

Unusual grinding and the sounds of abrasive metallic noises could be an indication that the hard disk is self-destructing.

This is especially the case sometimes if your computer is slowing down, and not acting like its normal self.

Within the mechanics of a hard drive there are metal platters’ that spin at an unbelievable speed and rpm.

When this finely tuned instrument goes wrong this can mean that the possible loose debris starts spinning with the other components within the hard disk.

This can cause irreparable damage to a hard drive, that’s unless immediate action is taken!

It is therefore advisable that if you suspect the hard disk is the cause of the grinding sound- that you should avoid using your PC or laptop until an expert has cast their eye over your unit.

Scrapes and damage to the surface of your hard disk internally can mean that you lose vital business and personal information.

If in doubt do consult the expertise of a local data recovery professional, so that you can limit the amount of damage exposed to your hard drive or other data memory type.