Life Cycle of a Hard Drive: Replacement

September 1, 2017 by Area 51 Data Solutions

Life Cycle of a Hard Drive: Replacement

September 1st, 2017 9:21 am

As we discussed in ‘Life Cycle of a Hard Drive:  Lifespan’, it’s a good idea to know how old your hard drive is.  It’s an even better idea to then plan to swap the hard drive out for a new one when that 3-5 year mark is reached.  But, you’re probably thinking, why would I just up and replace a seemingly good hard drive solely because it’s hit a time limit?  If it’s not acting up, why bother?  Well, most often, by the time a hard drive ‘acts up’ you’re data is already at risk if not compromised.  So, we have found the best approach is a proactive one.  The cost of purchasing a brand new hard drive and transferring the data over is much less than the risk of pushing your hard drive as far as it will go.  It’s especially less costly the cost of actually losing the data from an old hard drive that wasn’t proactively replaced.  Not only the value of the data that is then inaccessible but also any cost and time you may try to put into recovering data that may or may not even be recoverable.

Once your hard drive has been replaced, don’t just toss that old hard drive.  First you want to make sure that any data that was on it has been properly wiped or destroyed.  Then it still doesn’t just get thrown in the trash.  Hard drives are considered electronic waste (e-waste) and need to be disposed of properly.   E-waste makes up 2% of America’s trash in landfills, which equates to 70% of overall toxic waste.  These toxins then find their way into water supplies and cause damage to nervous systems, blood, kidneys and more.  It is important that all e-waste is properly recycled and disposed of.  Find an e-waste recycle and disposal center near you here.  Our team can also help make recommendations on proper e-waste collection and disposal.