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Hey everyone, need some help here. I pulled this Samsung hard drive from an OEM machine that is well over 5 years old, but before I start assuming that the drive is just simply on its way out I wanted to make sure. I was accessing the S.M.A.R.T. info on this through speedfan 4.49 and these were the results:



I also ran the extended test in WD Data LifeGuard diagnostics and was again shown 1 bad sector, which wasn't able to be repaired:



After reading a bit I understand that one bad sector doesn't always indicate a serious issue, but if the number of bad sectors increases then the HDD is pretty much doomed.

I'm really hoping someone with good knowledge on hard drives and S.M.A.R.T. values can chime in and let me know what I'm really dealing with. Thanks. smile.gif
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Pull whatever data you need, write zeros to the drive with a hard drive utility and it should remap bad sectors, if you haven't already done that. I'd still use it, but I'd watch the drive carefully if I put anything important on it......otherwise, it will make for a good scrap drive for random uses. I have a drive in similar shape that has worked fine for many O/S test installs. I use it fairly often, and since it's non-critical, I don't care what happens to it, and it saves me from having to buy another spare drive for testing.
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Thanks for the response silvergoat, rep'd. I went ahead and cloned the drive (to avoid reformatting) onto a spare WD Blue 500GB I had laying around using Acronis True Image WD Edition. I then proceeded to write zeros onto the Samsung drive using WD Data LifeGuard diagnostics. On my first attempt to write zeros it immediately responded with errors so I closed the program and tried running it again, which to my surprise seems to have worked:




S.M.A.R.T. thru speedfan 4.49:



Does everything look good now or should I still be worried? headscratch.gif
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A lot of people here use Defraggler for drive health stats. Download it and post a screenshot of the tab where you see similar stats. Make sure to capture the numbers on the far right.

I'd be interested to see if it's only 1 sector that's bad, or if there are others that are accumulating. Reallocated sectors are what you're looking for, and the number on the far right may read something like this- "00000000013", where the last number is the actual number of reallocated sectors. There should be at least one, which isn't reflected in the screenshot above, so that's why you might want to see if Defraggler gives you that data.

HD Sentinel is another program I use, and there is a trial version available.
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Unfortunately speedfan is the only program I could find that displays any S.M.A.R.T. values for this motherboard (old OEM AM2 socket), seems to be some sort of incompatibility issue. I've tried quite a few other programs and all I get are empty or missing health tabs.

Only other option I can think of is connecting the drive to another board, gonna be a little while before I can get to that though.
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You can run a linux live CD and it should allow you to run the linux disk utility which also reads smart data. I don't remember how well it works, but definitely worth a shot. The only thing I really wanted to look at was the reallocated sector count because if you only had one, then you'd be in the clear (IMO)....but if you had a number larger than that, you'd know that the drive has consistently been losing sectors, and it would be an indication that the drive is not safe to use.

You're probably okay....just keep an eye on it for the next couple weeks.
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I finally got around to connecting the drive to a different machine today. I used Defraggler and HD Tune to view the smart S.M.A.R.T. values and weird thing is that they all showed the exact same results (reason why I didn't take any screens).. either way it seems to running and performing great but I will definitely keep an eye on it. Thanks for the help.
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Good news! Hopefully it was just a bad connection or something.
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