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Are you running into any actual problems or only relying on what SMART information?

SMART isn't very accurate honestly but it does help if the drive has failed... I know that doesn't make sense at all tongue.gif

Is the drive making any weird noises?
Are you losing any data?
Programs suddenly not saving or working?
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If the drive isn't giving you any problems and is out of warranty I'd keep it until it fails. I've seen many drives with reallocated sectors function for a long time. Just make sure to backup important data. Hard drives with reallocated sectors have a higher risk of failing than ones without.
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Are you running into any actual problems or only relying on what SMART information?
SMART isn't very accurate honestly but it does help if the drive has failed... I know that doesn't make sense at all tongue.gif
Is the drive making any weird noises?
Are you losing any data?
Programs suddenly not saving or working?

Yeah I am relying on SMART tests but I have no problems what so ever. No abnormal noises coming from the HDD or even loss of data. Everything is completely normal, all programs work correctly too.
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If the drive isn't giving you any problems and is out of warranty I'd keep it until it fails. I've seen many drives with reallocated sectors function for a long time. Just make sure to backup important data. Hard drives with reallocated sectors have a higher risk of failing than ones without.

Yeah I am now planning on keeping it until at least the prices for HDD go down. And backing up important data now. thumb.gif Will a format do anything to the drive? I have a huge list of errors in Windows Event Log about my HDD having an error.
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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?
chkdsk is actually higher level than a SMART check. Some drives can reallocate sectors beneath your OS's awareness. (and chkdsk's)
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Originally Posted by Aparition View Post

Are you running into any actual problems or only relying on what SMART information?
SMART isn't very accurate honestly but it does help if the drive has failed... I know that doesn't make sense at all tongue.gif
Is the drive making any weird noises?
Are you losing any data?
Programs suddenly not saving or working?

Yeah I am relying on SMART tests but I have no problems what so ever. No abnormal noises coming from the HDD or even loss of data. Everything is completely normal, all programs work correctly too.

I had some WD Greens that failed. They started accumulating Reallocated Event Count and Pending Sector Count at different times. For each one, it went up slowly for the first two months, then as it passed ~80 it started to accelerate. Within 2 weeks it had increased by a couple hundred. By the third week my OS was reporting I/O errors accessing files on the drives. They went totally dead a few days after that. Since they failed 1 month apart, I waited and RMA'd them together. The new ones have been running beautifully. thumb.gif
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Will a format do anything to the drive? I have a huge list of errors in Windows Event Log about my HDD having an error.
Stress it more and kill it sooner.

Could you post a screenshot of the SMART/Health data from either HDTune or Defraggler?

http://www.piriform.com/defraggler
http://www.hdtune.com/
     
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post #17 of 22
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Could you post a screenshot of the SMART/Health data from either HDTune or Defraggler?
http://www.piriform.com/defraggler
http://www.hdtune.com/

I downloaded both programs and HDTune in the health tab shows no information. For Defraggler I see no option for to analyze SMART data.
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Edited by SkippyDogg - 3/7/12 at 10:11pm
post #18 of 22
Odd - Defraggler's health tab shows up for me. (except for SSDs)

Anyway... I'd say that drive is pretty unhealthy. Reallocated Sector Count, Reallocated Event Count, and Current Pending Sector are all bad. They're high enough that I'd consider RMA'ing - they're bound to increase. But as I said above, you may not have I/O errors and file corruption for a while yet. I didn't until they increased somewhere beyond 100.

It's also got a bad SATA cable. UDMA CRC errors indicate either controller failure or cable failure. Since it's exceedingly rare for the controllers on the drive or your motherboard to fail, it almost always indicates a bad SATA cable.

I'd replace the SATA cable right now, and keep an eye on all the other numbers over the coming weeks. If they start increasing, you have a problem on your hands that you have to deal with soon.

Edit: The Data column contains the numbers you should pay attention to.
     
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Nice info Kramy.
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Odd - Defraggler's health tab shows up for me. (except for SSDs)
Anyway... I'd say that drive is pretty unhealthy. Reallocated Sector Count, Reallocated Event Count, and Current Pending Sector are all bad. They're high enough that I'd consider RMA'ing - they're bound to increase. But as I said above, you may not have I/O errors and file corruption for a while yet. I didn't until they increased somewhere beyond 100.
It's also got a bad SATA cable. UDMA CRC errors indicate either controller failure or cable failure. Since it's exceedingly rare for the controllers on the drive or your motherboard to fail, it almost always indicates a bad SATA cable.
I'd replace the SATA cable right now, and keep an eye on all the other numbers over the coming weeks. If they start increasing, you have a problem on your hands that you have to deal with soon.
Edit: The Data column contains the numbers you should pay attention to.

It seems like my motherboard is failing on me then? I used a different SATA cable and SATA port and I still have the error of "DMA CRC Error". Kramy is it possible to have an estimation on how long my drive will last? Thanks in advance.
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