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Ugh, time for a new HDD?

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Hi, I think I have a problem with my current HDD. It's a Seagate Barracuda 2TB. It is about a year and a half old, never seen any shock or abuse, has had at most .5TB written at one time. I would say I write a moderate amount - between SSD backups and defragging I've probably written a few TB to it over the period of time I've had it.

After backing up some games (about 100GB worth) I noticed in CrystalDiskInfo my HDD is marked as caution. It says I have 6 reallocated sectors, and 6 uncorrectable sectors. Attaches is a screenshot.

I tried running checkdisk but for some reason my PC hangs whenever I run it (did this on my last two installations of W7 too...). Is this a sign that my drive is failing? This HDD isn't very old and I've taken care of it. I have drives from the early 2000's that are still kicking so I feel like this shouldn't be going bad this soon.

Perhaps any of you guys familiar with SMART can chime in. If you think I really need ---

Hold on. Literally as I was typing this my rating went up to good and I have no reallocated sectors? ***? I will attach another photo.

So what do you guys think? Is this a fluke, was my HDD doing its job and reallocating, or is my drive really failing? I am so confused by this.


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i would use seatools
chkdsk maybe be hanging do to a windows issue too. if you don't have a bunch of registry tweaks i would run sfc /scannow >reboot >then try chkdsk.
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I second using SeaTools aswell.

The drive is reporting errors for Read Error Rate and Seek Error Rate, both of these are manufacturer specific so are essentially meaningless to anyone, SeaTools will be able to tell you if the raw values are anything to be concerned about.

Seagate use a different way of counting errors to how other manufacturers do for the Read Error Rate and that is why there is a fairly high value there.

What you could have seen with the current pending sectors count is between when you first started your post and halfway through the drive checked the status of the sectors to see if they're useable, these could be soft errors and the drive was able to rectify the issue.

Your SATA cable could also be going bad as the drive has a CRC error (harmless) and a Command Timeout error. I would recommend replacing the SATA cable (not too important) and then running SeaTools extended test.
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I had to tear down my loop today to install another graphics card, but once I get my rig up and running again I will run Seatools and report back. Thanks.
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DL'ed Seatools, causes my PC to hang on startup. Not sure why, reinstalling didn't help either.
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try using passmarks diskcheck. is has a S.M.A.R.T. test integrated into it. http://www.passmark.com/products/diskcheckup.htm
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DL'ed Seatools, causes my PC to hang on startup. Not sure why, reinstalling didn't help either.

It must be running into the same issue you are seeing with chkdsk. Try their DOS utility to get around your windows issue.

http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/seatools-dos-master/
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