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Today's ITUnity Champ:

Andre Da Costa

Andre Da Costa

Certified PC technician
Blog: https://www.groovypost.com
Twitter: @adacosta

A Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in the area of Windows and Devices for IT, Da Costa writes a variety of posts on all things Windows-related. Based in Jamaica, Da Costa is a frequent forum contributor and has a lot of help and how-to posts of potential interest to individuals and IT pros and admins, especially those in smaller organizations.

Here’s one of his how-to Windows 10 posts from late last year:

How to Prevent Hard Drive Failures by Checking and Fixing Disk Errors in Windows 10

Hard disk drives have a finite life span. Depending on your usage, you’ll get about four years out of a hard drive before it’ll start to show signs of wear. Signs that your hard drive is failing include erratic or slow performance, lost data, failed read/write operations, clicking, and whirring noises, and random crashes. The sooner you diagnose and fix or replace your hard drive, the better; otherwise, you might find yourself with a malfunctioning hard drive and no way to get your data off of it.

System drives can also become corrupted for non-mechanical reasons. In both cases, Windows includes tools that will scan your disk for errors and attempt to fix them. Depending on your computer and hard drive, you may even be able to use a manufacturer’s diagnostic tool or a tool built-in to your BIOS. We’ll show you how to use all three in this tutorial.

Read the rest of his post here