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1000+ unstable sectors, is my 3TB HDD dead?

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So yea, long story short, 2-3 days ago I started getting drive error messages in Windows 8.1, did a restart every time I got them to "fix" it. Needless to say now my 3TB WD Green HDD started to be veeeery slow, it takes like 20 seconds to open a video file and it's a stuttery mess.

I went ahead and checked the drive with HD Tune and this is what I get in "health" tab..

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I started a quck scan (which takes ages, normal scan isa nightmare) and so far everything is green, but as said, it runs attrocious and has 1065 unstable sectors. I also done a WD Data Lifeguard test and it gives error on the very first SMART test.

So my question is, is this drive dying or is there a way to fix it? RMA is out of question because waranty expired 1 month ago (!!!) and it was only 2 years old.

Thanks!
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**DISCLAIMER** RUNNING A DIAGNOSTIC ON A FAILING DRIVE CAN CAUSE IT TO CATASTROPHICALLY FAIL. BACK UP THE DATA ON IT IMMEDIATELY.

Rather than running a benchmarking program and asking a question, run the manufacturer's diagnostic program and know.

Download Western Digital Data Lifeguard and run the long test on your 3TB drive. Try not to access anything on it once you start the diagnostic as it can cause false positives. If it's your primary drive that the OS runs on, just don't use the computer while the test is running.

If it fails a read/verify, it will attempt to repair those sectors on the drive, for real (unlike windows bull-crap repair garbage), if it can't, or if it fails a different test then you'll have to replace the drive. Good luck.

Also, for future reference, the Green drives are terrible. Stick to the Blacks or Reds - as long as it's not DOA, they tend to last forever (and have longer warranties).
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Well, for the fun of it I left HD Tune deepscan overnight, after waking up, it was almost done and it had almost 18% red/damaged sectors...

Also gave WD Tool extended scan a go and this was the result:

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I think it's pretty safe to say the HDD is on its deathbed, also number of unstable sectors increased to 1090, so yeah... good thing I didn't have any valuable data, just video files storage which I don't care about.
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