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Is my HDD healthy?


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#1 Guest_amerkiller1995_*

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 09:40 AM

i ran some tests today bcoz my crappy hdd is like a tractor and below are the screens. is this error fixable?
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i can make some more tests just name the tool.

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 12:07 PM

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 (or http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...ive+diagnostic)
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 12:35 PM

You are getting an early warning of failure. Your hard drive's firmware is remapping your data sectors because the current sectors are going bad/being damaged by the read/write head, or improperly written to by the read/write head. On every sector that fails a parity check, the data is moved to a new unused sector on the drive and that current sector is flagged as unusable. You really can't just make it go away.

If you value your data, it is time to back up the important stuff. If you want to clone this drive to a new drive and continue with the same system/programs/data, do it soon. Once your hard drive runs out of fresh sectors to write to, data loss will ensue.

If it is an older system, or you plan to reinstall the OS anyway, and have your data backed up, let it die and either replace it, or build a new system with a SATA drive. That's the route I took with my old 40gig Maxtor. I just let it die a loud clicking death and used it as an excuse to build a newer system.

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 02:28 PM

That's a Seagate drive. Run the SeaTools diagnostic on it.

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seatools

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 09:43 AM

You are getting an early warning of failure. Your hard drive's firmware is remapping your data sectors because the current sectors are going bad/being damaged by the read/write head, or improperly written to by the read/write head. On every sector that fails a parity check, the data is moved to a new unused sector on the drive and that current sector is flagged as unusable. You really can't just make it go away.

If you value your data, it is time to back up the important stuff. If you want to clone this drive to a new drive and continue with the same system/programs/data, do it soon. Once your hard drive runs out of fresh sectors to write to, data loss will ensue.

If it is an older system, or you plan to reinstall the OS anyway, and have your data backed up, let it die and either replace it, or build a new system with a SATA drive. That's the route I took with my old 40gig Maxtor. I just let it die a loud clicking death and used it as an excuse to build a newer system.

bleep
this made my day :thumbsup:
well
to everyone replying to this topic i wont run tests if i know that it's unfixable
can anyone give me the time i have left until my HDD is :flowers: ?
DAMN my bleepen pc
edit: how many sectors has my hdd got?

Edited by amerkiller1995, 31 July 2010 - 09:46 AM.


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Posted 31 July 2010 - 10:14 AM

You are getting an early warning of failure. Your hard drive's firmware is remapping your data sectors because the current sectors are going bad/being damaged by the read/write head, or improperly written to by the read/write head. On every sector that fails a parity check, the data is moved to a new unused sector on the drive and that current sector is flagged as unusable. You really can't just make it go away.

If you value your data, it is time to back up the important stuff. If you want to clone this drive to a new drive and continue with the same system/programs/data, do it soon. Once your hard drive runs out of fresh sectors to write to, data loss will ensue.

If it is an older system, or you plan to reinstall the OS anyway, and have your data backed up, let it die and either replace it, or build a new system with a SATA drive. That's the route I took with my old 40gig Maxtor. I just let it die a loud clicking death and used it as an excuse to build a newer system.

bleep
this made my day :thumbsup:
well
to everyone replying to this topic i wont run tests if i know that it's unfixable
can anyone give me the time i have left until my HDD is :flowers: ?
DAMN my bleepen pc
edit: how many sectors has my hdd got?


Google is your friend.

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?vgne...mp;locale=en-US

Model Number: ST3250824A
Interface: Ultra ATA/100
Cache: 8MB
Capacity: 250GB
Guaranteed Sectors: 488,397,168

Run the Seagate SeaTools diagnostic. It will give you a complete summary on whether the drive is bad or not.

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 11:25 AM

Whisper-quiet acoustics
hahahaha laughed my ass off when i saw this
ok lets see what the diagnostics will tell
it might take me a few days bcoz i have to buy a cd

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 12:07 PM

can anyone give me the time i have left until my HDD is :thumbsup: ?


honestly...
no human or machine that can answer this quoestion :flowers:

Edited by abauw, 31 July 2010 - 12:07 PM.

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 12:09 PM

Unless, you have the latest model of a crystal ball, CB456XF4:

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 12:59 PM

will S.M.A.R.T. alert me if the end is near?

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Posted 31 July 2010 - 01:02 PM

All you need to do is to follow my instructions (post #2) and you'll know your hard drive status.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 01:41 PM

ok i ran "seatools for DOS" and did all tests (short, long, acoustic) and they all passed
but i remember a few months ago i ran the same tests but that time after the long test it reported bad sectors and that it will try to fix it and it said that it fixed it

Edited by amerkiller1995, 02 August 2010 - 01:43 PM.


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Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:13 PM

Well, that's what, most likely, is reported as "Reallocated sector count" in your first post.
Sometimes, bad sectors have a tendency to spread out, but since those issues were fixed few months ago and now your drive passes the test, I wouldn't worry.

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 02:57 PM

Well, that's what, most likely, is reported as "Reallocated sector count" in your first post.
Sometimes, bad sectors have a tendency to spread out, but since those issues were fixed few months ago and now your drive passes the test, I wouldn't worry.

so 8 bad sectors are already but there wont be more?

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 08:07 PM

There is no such guarantee.
Many drives will develop bad sector here and there.
Yours were reallocated several months ago, so the computer don't use them (they're non-existing to Windows), no new ones happened, so you should be alright.

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