7 Warning Signs Your Computer Is Going to Crash (And What to Do)

MakeUseOf | 5/20/2019 | Dan Price
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Computer crashes have a habit of occurring at the most inopportune moments. You can guarantee that everything is going to fail seconds before you were due to hit the Save button.

So, wouldn’t it be great if you could tell when a crash was about to happen? It turns out that you can—computer crashes are nowhere near as random as they might appear.

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Here are several warning signs that your computer is about to crash, along with some tips on what to do if you come across them.

Although most modern high-end laptops now use solid state drives (SSDs), traditional hard drives are still commonplace in budget machines and some desktop computers.

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Traditional hard drives are mechanical—they have moving parts. And just like anything else with moving parts, the pieces can wear out, break down, and stop working. Research from backup company Backblaze found the average life expectancy of a hard drive was three to five years.

As a regular user, there’s not much you can do to stop a hard drive from failing. Instead, it’s about managing the risk. Be alert to any signs that your hard drive is struggling and make sure you always create regular backups of your data.

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5 Signs Your Hard Drive Is Failing (And What to Do)

Since a majority of people today own laptops and external hard drives, which get dragged around quite a bit, a realistic hard drive lifetime is probably around 3 - 5 years. This is an extremely...

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Although the list of possible reasons for boot errors is almost endless, you can be sure that they all point to an increased risk of a laptop crash.

If you see messages like “Boot device not found,” there’s a high chance that your copy of Windows has gotten corrupted. In turn, that means the chances of a crash have grown...
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