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How to identify possible hard disk failure based on sounds

We can anticipate the hard disk failure based on the different hard disk sounds it is making and we can backup our data before hard disk completely becomes unusable. The datacent.com has collated various hard disk sounds(noise) to identify the possible  hard disk failure by listening to the noise hard disk creates. Various noise can be heard here 

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