If your Mac is running slow, or you’ve been having other problems with it, one cause can be the hard drive.

Possible problems

Your hard drive is too full. Your Mac utilities free space on the hard drive to make things run smoother. If there isn’t enough free space for this, it can cause noticeable slow down and other issues.

Your hard drive is failing. If your hard drive is failing, you’ll want to sort it out quickly to avoid losing your data. Symptoms include:

  • Abnormal noises
  • Periodic delays when using the system
  • Failure to successfully read or write data to the drive
  • The file system frequently needs to be “repaired” by Disk Utility
  • Running applications lock up for no apparent reason

Your hard drive is just old. Software is always moving forward, and as we update our software, the requirements to run it increase.

Solutions

Your hard drive is too full. Try getting rid of unnecessary items on your system. If you still have problems after doing this, it might be time to upgrade the drive itself. If you want advice on this or would like us to do it for you, please feel free to contact us.

Your hard drive is failing. This is a bit more serious. Obviously the best thing to do is to keep backups of your important data. However, if you suspect your drive is failing and you have important data that you don’t want to lose, the first thing you need to do is switch it off.
The more you use a drive while it’s in a distressed state, the more you increase your chance of losing your data. Contact us and ask about our free assessment of hard drives for data recovery.

Your hard drive is just old. The only real solution to this is to upgrade to a newer, faster drive. The options available to you vary depending on your specific model of computer. We are happy to offer advice on what would work best for you.