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Forensic Analysis - Impending Drive Failure


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#1 britechguy

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 01:31 PM

Now that I have done the drive transplant in my laptop that had the failing drive, I'd really like to know what was going on with it.  It still functions and can be connected as an external device for the purposes of analysis.

 

Can anyone recommend a tool that would give me information about what is going wrong with it?  So far the things I've used will tell you that there is a problem, but not much beyond that (at least that I've been able to find).

 


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 02:27 PM

The only thing I can think of that comes close to determining why the drive is failing would be the Smart Attributes. Other than the Smart Attributes and any error logs I don't know of any software that can provide a specific answer. GsmartControl does provides an Error log.



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Posted 20 November 2017 - 03:10 PM

There really isn't much point to trying to figure out why a failing drive is failing.  It's not like you can really fix them.  At best, you can mask the symptoms for a bit, but a failing drive is going to continue to degrade in any event.

 

SMART attributes can give some insights into what's going on, and you can use a tool like Crystal Disk Info to check what attributes are failed.  But, to do a really proper analysis you'd need a tool like PC-3000 which is going to run you around $10K once you factor in everything you'd need to get it up and running.


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 03:15 PM

John,

 

          Thanks.  Have downloaded the latest port of Gsmarttools portable for Windows.

 

           You will recall that I tried running the long generic test of Seatools (see: "Instant" and probably "heading to the grave...) which never completed and then got a failure running the short DST, but that's all it said without any detail.   I had run Speccy shortly before that, and the snapshot is in that thread, but there is nothing in the SMART data that suggests anything is anything but good.

 

            I know from the behaviors I had been experiencing, and the results of the SeaTools short DST, that something's off.  The question is, "What?"

 

DataMedic,

 

            This is really more of a "for my curiosity" thing.  I know the drive is toast and it's already been replaced.  But if SeaTools is giving an instant, "FAIL," then there has to be some reason for that, and I'd just like to know what it is.   I won't lose sleep if I don't and I'm not interested in any ultra-in-depth checking.  It just strikes me odd that utilities that are supposed to give you information on whether a drive is, indeed, toast, aren't just a *bit* more specific about why they are.


Brian  AKA  Bri the Tech Guy (website in my user profile) - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134 

     . . . the presumption of innocence, while essential in the legal realm, does not mean the elimination of common sense outside it.  The willing suspension of disbelief has its limits, or should.

    ~ Ruth Marcus,  November 10, 2017, in Washington Post article, Bannon is right: It’s no coincidence The Post broke the Moore story


 

 

 

              

 





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