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Are there any signs that I can keep an eye out for harddrive failure?

My 1tb and 500gb drives are nearing 3 years old and I'm a little worried about losing all of my files - they are home to about 700GB of files that I would be very annoyed about losing. HD Tune pro tells me some warnings, but I think they are mostly irrelevant: 6 reallocated sectors and 1 reallocated event. I only have one other drive to store stuff on, which is my F3, and it is pretty much full up of files, games and the OS. Apparently drives get slower when they get completely full and I wouldn't like that to happen.

Another thing, what type of files being compressed determines how good the compression can be with 7zip? If I have 53,291 files totalling 118gb, would it compress more than just say, a single 118gb file? I don't really like spending 3 hours compressing a ton of files only to shave off 5GB, tbh.

Of course, rep+ to those that help.
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Yes, there are signs. Clanking noises, loud high-pitch noises and files getting corrupt are just a few. Files may appear normal until you try to access them and you find them to be corrupt. Also, what may appear to be a hard drive failure/problem, may actually be a problem with one of the drives cables.

If I were you, I'd get another external drive or 2 and copy all of your files to each drive. Even burn DVDs if you're that concerned. Trust me, it never hurts to have multiple backup copies of you important files. I have lost important files before and it does suck!

You may also want to look into Dropbox and store some of your important files there.

Can't help you much with the compression deal. Plus, some files won't compress enough to deserve even being compressed. Compression takes a long time to do and even a long time to uncompress and is just to much trouble for extremely large files, in my opinion.

Better to be safe than sorry!

Good luck!
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Lol, dropbox is a no-go for me I think seeing as my upload is a lousy 25kb/s.

Thanks for the advice man.
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Lol, dropbox is a no-go for me I think seeing as my upload is a lousy 25kb/s.

Thanks for the advice man.
Wow! That is pretty sad! Maybe Dropbox will let you drive there and hand deliver your files. LOL Just kidding.

If possible, I really would get another external hard drive or 2 if I were you. Especially if you have been warned about potential problems with the drives you already have.

Again, good luck!
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If you notice a high pitched whine sort of noise that is an indicator. Drives that drop out or click a lot (for like 30-60s) before they finally catch on and read are probably on their last leg. Blue screens and the reboot to check disks that follow will show up on your OS drives.

I have had two hdds fail on me in the past. In both cases I initially thought it was the psu that was the problem. After replacing the hdd I found the whining noise went away and everything returned to normal.
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Have to say, I'm not really looking forward to the day one of my harddrives fails. I'll look out for symptoms like these, thanks.

I heard about people freezing their harddrives then managing to recover files, did you try that? haha.

@Dorito Bandit: I was thinking of getting some random 2TB drive for backups, but I don't really have the money to spend on them at the moment. I'd also like an SSD but hey, can't have everything. xD
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I heard about people freezing their harddrives then managing to recover files, did you try that? haha.
This guy explains pretty well what the freezing actually does:
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My 1tb and 500gb drives are nearing 3 years old and I'm a little worried about losing all of my files - they are home to about 700GB of files that I would be very annoyed about losing. HD Tune pro tells me some warnings, but I think they are mostly irrelevant: 6 reallocated sectors and 1 reallocated event. I only have one other drive to store stuff on, which is my F3, and it is pretty much full up of files, games and the OS. Apparently drives get slower when they get completely full and I wouldn't like that to happen.
Those aren't irrelevant; they ARE signs of impending failure. Now is a good time to verify the warranty status of your drives, in case they do fail and you have to replace them. They may still be under warranty.

P.S. I prefer GSmartControl for testing drives on Windows.
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