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Hello OCN! I am in the need of help. So I leave my computer folding everyday like I always do and today there was a power outage. I could tell it was a power outage because when I came home my pc was off. I opened up speed fan and went to the "S.M.A.R.T. Test " and it says my HDD is good except for "current pending sector count". I tried rebooting multiple times to see if it would fix the issue but it has not. I also tired using the S.M.A.R.T. test my motherboard supplies and it reports that my HDD fails with error code "BIOHD-8". Is my HDD failing or can a simple format fix this? Thanks in advance!
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Current Pending Sector Count goes up - not down. It usually indicates problems with part of the surface of the drive. Either specs of dust, or failing magnetism - but for whatever reason, some sectors cannot be written to correctly. If it goes up over time, your drive is dying.

Test your drives with the manufacturer tools for testing them.

Seagate: http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=seatools-win&vgnextoid=552bd20cacdec010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD
Western Digital: http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=605&sid=3&lang=en

You want to run an extended SMART test. It will tell you whether your drives are failing or not.

Formats cannot fix a dying drive - although I did observe a WD Green where only the inner parts of the platters had issues, so I ended up using only 300GB out of a 2TB drive for a few months before RMA'ing it. tongue.gif That put less stress on the drive, but in the end it did fail.
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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post

Current Pending Sector Count goes up - not down. It usually indicates problems with part of the surface of the drive. Either specs of dust, or failing magnetism - but for whatever reason, some sectors cannot be written to correctly. If it goes up over time, your drive is dying.
Test your drives with the manufacturer tools for testing them.
Seagate: http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=seatools-win&vgnextoid=552bd20cacdec010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD
Western Digital: http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=605&sid=3&lang=en
You want to run an extended SMART test. It will tell you whether your drives are failing or not.
Formats cannot fix a dying drive - although I did observe a WD Green where only the inner parts of the platters had issues, so I ended up using only 300GB out of a 2TB drive for a few months before RMA'ing it. tongue.gif That put less stress on the drive, but in the end it did fail.

Speedfan reports my current reallocated bad blocks to 11. It also reports pending bad blocks are 8. I downloaded seatools but I do not see an option for an extended smart test. Are the options "long generic test" or "Fix All-Long" the ones I am looking for?
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Originally Posted by SkippyDogg View Post

Speedfan reports my current reallocated bad blocks to 11. It also reports pending bad blocks are 8. I downloaded seatools but I do not see an option for an extended smart test. Are the options "long generic test" or "Fix All-Long" the ones I am looking for?
I haven't used their tool lately, but I believe "long generic test" is the one you want.

You could try the other one, but I'd see what the first one reports first.
     
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I tried both tests over night and both of them failed. =[ So I need a new HDD now? It's weird though, everything runs fine no crashes.
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Have you run chkdsk? If you can recover the bad sectors you might be ok still, if not then I would replace it.
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I ran 2 checkdisks and none of them reported any errors which is weird.
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ouch, gotta hate when hard drives fail....sounds to me like a replacement is in order TBH

wait you said no errors in chkdsk?

maybe your having software or driver issues?
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ouch, gotta hate when hard drives fail....sounds to me like a replacement is in order TBH
wait you said no errors in chkdsk?
maybe your having software or driver issues?

Dam it picked the worse time to fail since all the HDD prices at the moment are insane. And yeah no errors in check disk, and I don't know if I am having a driver or software issue? I didn't install any programs or change any settings compared to the day before.
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SSD!

 
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