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Is this drive failing?

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Sup forum!? It looks like one of my old WD blue storage drives is dying. I started getting random freezes/crashes during normal PC usage whenever I would watch a video or listen to music from that drive. I'm using it has a multimedia drive, and all of my programs are on my SSD. Well, over the past few hours the D: drive would disappear from both devices and from my computer. I disconnected the drive,
rebooted, and it came back. Then I ran a SMART scan and it came back with 64% bad sectors, before it disappeared again from device manager. I am currently saving everything off of the drive right now...so far so good.

Bad drive? It has been running for nearly 4 years. I'm hoping it is this and nothing else.
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Yes, time to get a new one.
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I was assuming the same, however, I've copied all of my important files and am running another SMART test. So far this one is passing with flying colors???? I also read that a sata cable could be the culprit.
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Can you post a screenshot of Crystal Diskinfo?
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You'll see I'm not done with the test yet, but it is well beyond where it was before with no errors.
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I've had drives disappear from my computer on and off- Motherboard SATA ports went bad or something- had to RMA the board
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Originally Posted by matt1898 View Post

You'll see I'm not done with the test yet, but it is well beyond where it was before with no errors.

    The SMART data from your HDD doesn't look that bad:

  • Read Error Rate: 7
        Failed reading seven sectors.  Not that bad for a drive that has clocked 1.5 running years in 4 years of use.  See if that number increases after running a full read (HD Tune error scan or chkdsk surface scan).
     
  • UltraDMA CRC Error Count: 24 (hex 18)
        Indicates some difficulty communicating with the motherboard.  Maybe a bad or poorly seated SATA cable.  Maybe too many disk/disc drives connected to the same power "string" from the PSU.
     
  • Everything else is perfect.

    If you decide to get a new HDD, I recommend full formatting this one (in Windows Vista and later, this zeros the drive), and using it as a backup drive.  As long as 07, 0A, 0B, C4, C5, C6, and C8 have a value of "000000000000" and 01 stays low (currently at 7), I don't see anything wrong with the drive itself. smile.gif
 
Edited by Techie007 - 1/7/14 at 4:19pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Techie007 View Post

    The SMART data from your HDD doesn't look that bad:

  • Read Error Rate: 7
        Failed reading seven sectors.  Not that bad for a drive that has clocked 1.5 running years in 4 years of use.  See if that number increases after running a full read (HD Tune error scan or chkdsk surface scan).
     
  • UltraDMA CRC Error Count: 24 (hex 18)
        Indicates some difficulty communicating with the motherboard.  Maybe a bad or poorly seated SATA cable.  Maybe too many disk/disc drives connected to the same power "string" from the PSU.
     
  • Everything else is perfect.

    If you decide to get a new HDD, I recommend full formatting this one (in Windows Vista and later, this zeros the drive), and using it as a backup drive.  As long as 07, 0A, 0B, C4, C5, C6, and C8 have a value of "000000000000" and 01 stays low (currently at 7), I don't see anything wrong with the drive itself. smile.gif
 

it may not be the data side going bad, but the spindle motor going. only time would tell in case of the motor
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Originally Posted by PCSarge View Post

it may not be the data side going bad, but the spindle motor going. only time would tell in case of the motor

    That's what "Spin-Up Time" (3.016 seconds, good), "Seek Error Rate" (0, perfect), "Spin Retry Count" (0, perfect), and "Recalibration Retries" (0, perfect) are for. wink.gif
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Thanks for all of the info guys! I switched out the drive and the cable with another spare I had floating around. So far so good.
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