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A Smart Analysis gives me the following report? Is this a good indication of a hard disc about to go bad? I have been getting this thing on this hard drive for about a year, but last time I checked my disc fitness was at 60%, now its at 0%. I personally cannot notice any problems, but I do have valuable stuff on there, mostly my music. Should I take this warning seriously and replace my HDD? or should I try to stick it out? The HDD is kinda old, been using it for the last 3 years.


Here is the SMART analysis. Please take a look at the bold highlights, and could you tell me what they mean.


Your hard disk's S.M.A.R.T. attributes are now being analyzed and a full report about the reliability, health and status of your hard disk is generated:

Error: Reallocated Sector Count has reached its threshold. Current value is 1 and threshold is 63.
According to S.M.A.R.T. specifications, your hard disk is failing and needs to be immediately replaced. Backup your data as soon as possible.

Warning: Reallocated Sector Count reached, in the past, its threshold. Worst value is 1 and threshold is 63.
Your hard disk is now being compared to real data used to define normal values for your specific hard disk model. This way, the analysis can automatically use proper operating ranges. The images give you an idea of how each attribute is within such range. Current and raw values are shown for easier reference for experienced users. There are 2300 hard disk models in the current archive.

Attribute Current Raw Overall
5Spin Up Time18015680 Good
10Start/Stop Count253152 Very good
0Reallocated Sector Count12554 Watch
Warning: Reallocated Sector Count is below the average limits (69-253).
10Read Channel Margin2530 Very good
10Seek Error Rate2530 Very good
6Seek Time Performance25051537 Good
2Power On Hours Count19924054 Normal
10Spin Retry Count2530 Very good
10Calibration Retry Count2530 Very good
10Power Cycle Count253268 Very good
10Power Off Retract Count2530 Very good
10Load Cycle Count2530 Very good
10Hardware ECC Recovered2538777 Very good
1Reallocated Event Count12329 Normal
0Current Pending Sector32534 Watch
Warning: Current Pending Sector is below the average limits (217-253).
1Offline Uncorrectable Sector Count14555 Normal
10Ultra DMA CRC Error Rate1992 Very good
10Write Error Rate2530 Very good
10Soft Read Error Rate25345 Very good
10TA Increase Count2530 Very good
10Run Out Cancel25326 Very good
10Shock Count Write Opern2530 Very good
10Shock Rate Write Opern2530 Very good
10Spin High Current2530 Very good
10Spin Buzz2530 Very good
7Offline Seek Performance1940 Good
10Unknown attribute 992530 Very good
10Unknown attribute 1002530 Very good
10Unknown attribute 1012530 Very good

NOTE: not all warnings are reflected on fitness and performance overall values as relevancy is based upon the settings from the hard disk manufacturer who is the best entity deputed to define such relationships.

NOTE : your hard disk has 2554 reallocated sectors (this value is very large and your hard disk should be replaced). Hard disks do have spare sectors (usually from 256 up to 1024) used to replace bad ones. This remapping operation is transparent to the end user. Anyway, this can lead to degradated performances (because remapped sectors are in different places of the disk than the original ones and the head needs additional moving). If reallocated sectors grow over time, you might encounter some serious troubles. A backup of the most important data is suggested anyway.

NOTE : your hard disk has 2534 pending sectors (this value is very large and your hard disk should be replaced). Those are sectors that couldn't be properly read and that the hard disk logic is waiting for a write operation to try to remap to a spare sector (if available). According to the Reallocated Sector Count attribute, your hard disk seems to be either low or out of spare sectors. A simple disk surface scan won't be enough to force the remap operation. You need a read/write surface scan to remap the sector. The best option should be a tool that knows about what should be read from that sector so that it has some option to apply the best fix to the missing data.

NOTE : your hard disk has 4555 offline uncorrectable sectors (this value is very large and your hard disk should be replaced). Those are sectors that an offline scanning found as unreadable. Offline scanning is a process that can be automatically started by the hard disk logic when a long enough idle period is detected or that can be forced by some tool. Those unreadable sectors are identified and the hard disk logic is waiting for a write command that will overwrite them to try to remap them to spare sectors (if available). According to the Reallocated Sector Count attribute, your hard disk seems to be either low or out of spare sectors. A simple disk surface scan won't be enough to force the remap operation. You need a read/write surface scan to remap the sector. The best option should be a tool that knows about what should be read from that sector so that it has some option to apply the best fix to the missing data.

The overall fitness for this drive is 0%.
The overall performance for this drive is 95%.
Edited by TheProfiteer - 12/18/08 at 6:53pm
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post #2 of 17
Yea, if your getting any SMART error at all, its going to fail sooner than later...

Definetly backup what you can before it happens.
    
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thanks man, here is some rep coming your way.


the thing is I have been getting smart errors on this for at least 2 years now.

lol Damn Western Digital drives.

from now on I am sticking to Seagate.
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Im getting the same SMART message. Kinda weired though SMART cant decide which of my 1 yr old Raptors is failing. Is this legit?
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2554 relocated sectors is a lot. I'm surprised it's still running without problems (or so it seems). Try running chkdsk on it to see if it's really wrong or it's just a mess-up in S.M.A.R.T
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post #6 of 17
Also if you've had it for 3 years it's pretty normal. I have a harddisk which is about to go out (but has sensitive data on it) and has about 1500 relocated sectors. It's corrupt like I don't know what and I can't recover anything on it, even with SpinRite.
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Looks like your sectors are dropping like an airplane running out of gas. You definitely want to back up whatever you can and move to a new drive.
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backup NOW!!!
    
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OP, it's time to rescue what data you can and RMA the drive. You have almost certainly already lost data. If it's a WD drive it may still be under warranty. Use their online tool to check.

BTW don't blame it on WD. It's normal for all drives to develop bad areas as they are used and age, regardless of manufacturer. A Seagate wouldn't necessarily have saved you.
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