Posted 02 May 2011 - 10:10 AM
Thank you both!
There is good news in that I was mistaken about the odor. It is no longer apparent. The drive is a Seagate ST3250620A and is still under warranty. I have been maintaining a backup drive right along, and last backup performed was yesterday. Yesterday I ran the SeaTools free app, and I see that the HDD temp is a cool 91 degrees Fahrenheit. I also downloaded Seagate Disc Wizard, which I'l use to clone the HDD before I send it back for a warranty replacement.
I'll admit that I panicked when I saw the SMART warning, especially since this was coincident with an exorcism of a nasty Trojan which had been resident, unknowingly, for awhile. THIS IS DESPITE THE FACT THAT I HAVE MULTIPLE ANTVIRUS SCANNERS INSTALLED.......................NONE OF THEM PICKED IT UP. KASPERSKY VIRUS REMOVAL TOOL FOUND IT, PLUS THREE PERSISTENCE (RENEWAL) FILES ON THE SYSTEM VOLUME.
I ran a chkdsk /p and chkdsk /r both from the command line, but was inconclusive, since a second running of chkdsk /p after running the chkdsk /r showed no errors on the drive..............leading one to believe that the drive errors were successfully repaired. SeaTools confirmed a SMART failure, and a "short test" failure.
This computer has no battery backup, and has had numerous "hard shutdowns" over the last 2 1/2 years. MY GUESS IS THAT AT EACH "HARD SHUTDOWN" A NUMBER OF CLUSTERS ARE DESTROYED, AND THIS LAST "HARD SHUTDOWN" A FEW DAYS AGO EXHAUSTED THE ALLOWED RESERVE CLUSTERS AND TRIGGERED THE SMART WARNING.Is that a reasonable guess? I must also assume that if one or two more hard shutdowns occur before I replace this drive, that it will become unreadable and failed. Is that also a reasonable assumption? In other words, I must replace it ASAP, and before another hard shutdown might occur. Absent any hard shutdowns (due to power interruptions) this HDD could possibly last a very long time.
I'll get with Seagate today and arrange a warranty replacement. I don't see any provision on their part which allows a transfer from the old to the new drive BEFORE returning the old drive in order to get the replacement. This is important.