If you're using a Macbook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro, you may be wondering what the signs of a failing hard drive are. Fortunately, there are a few tell-tale signs that can help you identify if your hard drive is in trouble. The first sign to look out for is if your Mac can't charge beyond the screen with the Apple logo. This is usually an indication that something is wrong with the hard drive.
To confirm this, open Disk Utility in the Application Utilities folder and select the disc you want to check. If Disk Utility returns an error alert, then it's likely that your hard drive is failing. If you can exclude hardware problems after running other diagnostic tools, you should proceed to reset or reinstall the operating system. Windows 10 and Windows 11 have the option to keep all your files, but just in case, you should prepare a backup anyway.
To back up your data, you can use a number of tools, including native Windows backup tools, third-party backup software, or an online backup solution such as OneDrive or Google Drive. If you're using Microsoft Office, consider switching to a Microsoft 365 subscription, which offers you the latest version of Office and 1 TB of OneDrive storage, which might be enough to back up your entire computer to the cloud. If the boot drive for your Macbook is failing, then it's best to take it to an Apple authorized service center for repair or replacement.