If you’ve used a computer long enough, chances are good that you’ve heard it:
The click of death.
It happens (inevitably) when your hard drive physically fails to read some data, signaling its soon-to-arrive death.
More specifically, the drive arm swings quickly back and forth across the data plates/disks because it can’t read data, creating a clicking sound that can prompt a tech nerd to nearly experience a myocardial infarction. I’ve heard the dreadful sound twice in my days on Earth, and each time it sent me running to a computer store to buy a new hard disk.
So anyway, I’m in the market to rebuild my desktop (running out of space, my data backup plan is crummy, I like a techy challenge, etc.). While I’m brushing up on RAID configurations, the latest hard drives, backup/recovery solutions, etc. when I stumble across this: (more…)