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Is my HDD failing?

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#1 Dizzman


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Posted 26 July 2016 - 06:31 AM

So a few weeks ago I booted up my computer running W8 and was met with a black screen with nothing other than a mouse cursor.  After trawling the web for days I couldn't fix the problem.  Stuff like chkdsk and sfc scannow didn't work, trying to refresh or reformat said the drive was locked, system restore did nothing, etc.


In the end, I decided to just delete my entire system partition and reinstall W8 on it after backing up the data on another computer (where I could access the drive).

However just the other day when booting up the computer it was stuck on "Preparing Windows" with the loading circle.  After a few restarts it would just show a black screen.  So this time I deleted every partition on the drive and installed W8 again on it like new.

My question is: is this a problem related with my hard drive?  I ran some tests as you can see in the file, but I don't know if this means it is close to failing or will fail again.  Are there better ways to test?  Do I need to get a new drive or am I safe for now?

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#2 Platypus


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Posted 26 July 2016 - 07:35 AM

It does seem the drive has a problem with some unstable sectors, fairly close to the start where it looks like it's probably affecting a system file or files. I'd suggest using the Seagate Tools to zero fill the drive, which should map out the pending sectors (or if the BIOS has a zero-fill option in its internal drive diagnostics you could use that). If the drive develops pending sectors again after reinstalling, I'd regard it as a failing drive.


If you can operate on the drive connected to another system, you can use Seatools for Windows, otherwise for DOS:



Edited by Platypus, 26 July 2016 - 07:35 AM.

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