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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post

I had a drive with SMART errors and read errors. DBAN wouldn't even run - it kept complaining about bad sectors.

So I zeroed it a few times (with the method in my post) - all the SMART errors (Reallocated Event Count, Current Pending Sector, Raw Read Error Rate) dropped to zero. I figure the magnetism was degrading or something, making it think sectors were going bad, but refreshing the platter fixed it. It's been working fine now for roughly 1.5 years...

I'll write it off as more WD magic.

My Raptor used to make funny noises when idle. I now think it was reading and rewriting tracks constantly. I used it daily for 9 years, and it made those noises for at least the last 3-4. Anyway, I decided to give it a break for a month since I was going to dismantle that ancient PC. I didn't get around to dismantling it, so everything sat in exactly the same spot without being moved. A month later I turned it on and the drive was dead - a SMART check reported HUGE numbers of Current Pending Sector, etc.; I figure the magnetism degraded and the drive firmware determined it was now useless/dead.

Interesting things, these hard drives - I wish they had a better way to communicate with us than SMART. Then again, even if they did, they wouldn't take advantage of it - companies like WD wouldn't reveal their proprietary magic.
That is weird SMART data shouldn't be changed at all. O_O
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

That is weird SMART data shouldn't be changed at all. O_O
I know. It's weird - that's why I called it magic.

I've only ever seen WD drives do such strange things.
     
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