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So I was hearing some clicking coming from one of my hard drives, not sure which. I go into the S.M.A.R.T. section of Aida64 and my game storage drive has an exclamation point next to re-allocated sectors. A friend told me that anything above the threshold for reallocated sectors is bad, and that is showing above threshold on all 3 of my drives. All of them seem to work fine, and the Aida disk benchmark numbers seem to be ok. Although I have suspected that the temp sensor in the game drive has gone bad for months, as it sometimes shows astronomical numbers for temp and its barely warm to the touch.

I REALLY cannot afford to lose that game drive. There are about 450gb of games on that, and there is a 250gb/mo bandwidth cap on my familys internet. It would cost me a fortune in overage fees to re-download everything.

I don't really understand what most of the numbers for the S.M.A.R.T. info mean so I will post screenshots from each drive here.


First on the list is my 160gb general storage drive.
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Next up is the 500gb drive that was in my laptop for about 4 years before becoming my game storage drive when I built the first version of Scrapwork (my rig) about 7 months ago.
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Finally the 150gb WD Velociraptor I am running as my boot drive.
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Edited by DiaSin - 4/12/14 at 6:52am
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post #2 of 4
Good Info on this question:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T.

http://www.z-a-recovery.com/man-smart.htm

http://lime-technology.com/wiki/index.php/Understanding_SMART_Reports

There is a lot of reported inconsistency in SMART programming and reporting. Some drive manufacturers have created their own standards or extended the current standards, so what applies to one drive may not apply to the next.

RAW values show what the actual drive has recorded (in Hex) and this is the most accurate count of actual SMART issues. The VALUE number is normalized by the manufacturer to use as a comparitive to the THRESHOLD numbers, based on their stats and designs. Keep in the mind that Value works in reverse.... when GOOD, the VALUE number will be higher than the THRESHOLD numbers. When BAD, they will be lower.

Some of the SMART attributes most likely to predict failure:

Realloacted Sector Count = INVISIBLE bad sectors that have been swapped with reserve sectors. These sectors are Hidden and cannot cause problems.

Current Pending Sector Count = bad sectors are not usable but are still visible to the operating system. These are indicative of severe problems! If these numbers go up, it can indicate imminent drive failure[/I]

UDMA CRC Error Count = cabling errors; if this is higher than 1000, something is wrong; under 100 is nothing to worry about. CRC errors indicate bad data transmissions, usually due to cable issues.

Your Reallocated Sectors (Game Drive) count means you have had 4224 bad sectors per the RAW number... which is a bit high. If the number stays constant after several boots, then it isn't a problem. If it increases consistently then you should replace the drive as it is failing.

The other drives look ok.

I would seriously back up the data on your game drive if you don't want to lose it. I would also consider replacing that drive if the numbers continue to change for the worse.

You should be able to clone that drive to another drive without issues, as long as you get it before it goes bad.
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Thanks for helping me understand this a bit better. One thing I don't quite understand.. Where do you get the 4224 from?

I have some money coming in in a few days from selling some ram on ebay.. I guess I will use that and pick up a new drive if the numbers go up.
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Thanks for helping me understand this a bit better. One thing I don't quite understand.. Where do you get the 4224 from?

I have some money coming in in a few days from selling some ram on ebay.. I guess I will use that and pick up a new drive if the numbers go up.

Sure.. glad to help!

Second screenshot (Gaming drive) shows 1080 as reallocated Sector count RAW value (DATA).. right? RAW values are shown in Hexadecimal... so you convert that to Decimal.
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