Hard Drives are mechanical devices that will all eventually wear out and stop working. See Google’s Disk Failure whitepaper: Failure Trends in a Large Disk Drive Population
To prevent data loss, it is advised to frequently back up your data onto another hard drive or use a secure online service to host your important files.
Symptoms of hard drive failure can include clicking or grinding noises from the hard drive, the computer acting sluggish, appearing to freeze then catch up again, or the blinking question-mark folder on startup.
If you are beginning to experience any of these symptoms and do not have a verified backup system in place, we highly suggest contacting us and setting up a visit as soon as possible to prevent data loss.