Did you know that, within your computer’s hard drive, is a separate printed circuit board (or PCB) that only manages that specific piece of hardware? What’s more, like any circuit board, your hard drive PCB can fail or become damaged.
Here are seven signs that you might have a problem with your hard drive PCB:
- The drive is completely unresponsive. If there is no power, sound, or information coming from the drive, the PCB could be the problem.
- You detect a burning smell when your computer starts up. Often, a ruined PCB has components that are actually burning and producing an acrid smell.
- The drive loads slowly or produces error messages. These types of issues are common to all failing hard drives, including those with PCB issues.
- Computer performance is harmed following an electrical storm power surge. Power surges and lightning strikes are among the most common causes for PCB failure.
- You hear strange clicking sounds when you use the hard drive. The drive with the faulty PCB may keep spinning; additionally, a clicking sound could be a symptom of other physical hard drive damage.
- Your hard drive disappears from your operating system. A hard drive that can be “found” on your system might have a problem with its PCB.
- The drive overheats quickly. Likewise, drives with faulty PCBs tend to heat up quickly.
Remember that a hard drive PCB failure doesn’t have to mean you’ve lost all of your files – call TTR and let our expert data recovery team get to work for you!