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How to Tell if a Computer is Dying

Sadly, as much as we love them, our devices won’t live forever. Whether it’s age, mechanical failure or accidental damage, they’ll all go eventually.

If it’s mechanical failure or old age your gadget’s up against, we can help and there are some tell-tale signs that your PC is struggling. We’ve put together a list of the top symptoms you should be on the lookout for.

1. Software Errors
If your PC is regularly glitching and you’re finding it hard to use your computer normally, something is likely wrong. If several programs become troublesome and you’ve tried virus scans and reboots, you’re right to be concerned. We recommend using software like CrystalDiskInfo to look for indications of a system failure. SpeedFan can determine whether your PC is too hot or if its voltage is intermittent, which are both symptoms of hardware issues.

2. Hardware Errors
Has your mouse failed? Perhaps your monitor is displaying unusual blocks or lines? Maybe you’ve plugged in another device, but your computer can’t detect it. If the cables are connected correctly, try replacing the external device or plugging it into a different USB port. If this fixes the issue, it could be your USB port that’s failed. If, however, the issue persists, your PC may be on the way out.

3. Noisy fan or clicking hard drive
If your PC is louder than normal, something’s wrong. If you can hear clicking or grinding coming from your hard drive, it’s likely that wear and tear is affecting its performance. If the fan is too loud, your PC could be full of dust and overheating. We recommend unplugging the PC, opening its case and blowing into it with compressed air. If this doesn’t work, you might want to replace the fan.

4. Start-up Errors
If your PC fails when you start it up, your hard drive could be dying, or your operating system could be corrupt. Try reinstalling Windows but be aware that this may wipe all of your data.

5. Slow performance
Older PCs are often much slower than new ones. This could be because their storage is almost full, because of hardware issues, or because they have a virus.

We recommend backing up your files before you lose them. It’s easy to install and stores your files in a secure, remote location.