Hello, and beforehand, thanks to take on your time and interest to read my thread.
Don't get confused by the title (I sucked at creating them), this issue is pretty straightforward.
My question is if there's some way I can save, read 'make it usable again', an old HDD that stop working. I'm gonna give you the insights into it.
This HDD was bought circa 2013 with the sole purpose of being a disk for some DVR. It worked flawlessly for two years and on late 2015 the DVR started to display problems. The record was not being done anymore and the device would reboot on a random fashion.
We removed this HDD and replaced the DVR with a new one. Since then, the DVR is working fine. However, I couldn't understand what happened with the drive. After removing... I plugged it in on my computer (with a USB to SATA/PATA adapter) to check on it and for my surprise, the thing was not readable. Windows kept telling me to format the drive, which I did so... only to find some issue in the middle of formatting process.
After leaving the drive forgotten for some time, I decide to try and see if I can make it usable once again. I connected the drive inside the computer (no adapter this time) and even so... nothing changed. Then I tried to format it with diskpart: elevated cmd > diskpart > select disk 2 (picture of cmd) > clean > create partition primary > active > format fs=ntfs; here the the issue with formatting happens again. At some point between 20% and 30% the cmd prompts an error.
I downloaded Seatools (it is a Seagate drive) and run its tests. I ran a long generic test and it said there's nothing wrong. I tried HDDtune and ActiveSMART. They didn't even recognize the HDD.
Then while I was writing this thread I tried one more time to format it with cmd, but this time I used format fs=ntfs quick and then... it completed! I don't know why. Although I sense it's still not working right. I get some intense disk usage (the LED) when I perform some action that requires Hard drives to be part of it, like POST, opening the software utilities that I've mentioned, performing a software cleaning, etc. I too ran checkdisk. First through cmd with /r /x /b; it gave me nothing wrong. And after through the Windows application with both options selected; this time chkdsk froze and I had to reboot. (I let it stay for more than 5 hours)
I tried to copy some random file to the disk (~250MB) and it worked as nothing wrong. Stil... I'm not convinced that I can use this drive for storage.
So my question is: can I use it or it would be better to performs some more tests? If the answer is the latter... which tests?