Is my HDD Dying or in Danger? (Pic) (Help)

Discussion in 'Computer Memory and Hard Drives' started by EpicSurvivor, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. EpicSurvivor

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    Was wondering if anyone can tell me if my HDD is dying or if there is something wrong with it.

    Thanks
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  2. johnb35

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    Basically means there are 2 sectors that are bad. Have you ran a checkdisk yet?
     
  3. EpicSurvivor

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    Yea I did but gave me same results when I checked on CrystalDisk.

    Could you possibly guide me through the steps? Maybe I did something wrong, or maybe you have a different link. I am not sure really. I ran the command Prompt and followed the steps but nothing changed.
     
  4. Cromewell

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    If the number of sectors keeps going up it's a definite sign of a problem. The raw value tells you how many times the event happened. As John said, it's currently 2. Having backups of your important stuff is a good idea.

    You probably want chkdsk /R c:

    Or you could run the tool by right clicking on the drive and selecting properties. Then go to the tools tab and click the check disk for errors button. Windows may tell you it needs to schedule the scan for when it first boots.
     
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  5. EpicSurvivor

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    Okay done, I am kinda new and never really ran chkdsk before since I never had the need before. After completing the Run (little over 4 hours for my 2TB HDD) I ran Crystal Disk Info and got the same error/caution message as from the picture above.

    Might as well replace this HDD right? I don't have anything critical on it, just my library of Steam/Uplay/Origin games and some random dumb pictures from the internet. So nothing major to lose. Internet is 400/mbps but with no Data Cap so its decent.

    What you guys recommend I should do? Could I sell this drive as is on eBay and get a few buck in return for it? Its out of its warranty period, sadly. How much could I ask for it? $30?
     
  6. johnb35

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    Theoretically when you run checkdisk and if it finds bad sectors, it marks them as unusable so the system doesn't try to write data to them. What was the output from the checkdisk? The event viewer stores a copy of the log.
    https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/96938-check-disk-chkdsk-read-event-viewer-log.html

    Check the drive root for any folders labeled similar to this.

    FOUND.000

    If you see any this basically means that system lost power abruptly without being shut down properly and if any file fragments were saved, they would be inside the files inside the folder.

    At this point, I wouldn't worry about it until you start getting more bad sectors. You may have had those 2 for quite some time and just not known about it.
     
  7. Cromewell

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    It won't make the error go away, I would monitor the count and if it starts going up replace the drive.
     
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  8. EpicSurvivor

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    I will try to do this today and post the findings. Thank you. However there might not be any point, the HDD started clicking this morning on Boot Up. Will see.

    Oh okay, I thought it fixed it, good to know. I'll keep an eye out, however the dreaded HDD "Clicking" Noise just started happening this morning for the first time, but only for a few seconds. Its only downhill from here. Already found a couple of replacement options.

    Going to try to sell this one for like $20-$25 and list it as is damaged or not working of course just to get a few bucks back. Sadly this is my 2nd WD HDD that has died in less than 3 years. I hear bad stuff about Seagate but man, can't be worse than this.

    Any recommendations of good free software that will not damage the drive to make sure everything is deleted? I heard there's software that deletes everything in Three passes or something? Has to be free.

    Thanks a lot for the help guys.
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2018
  9. johnb35

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    If its clicking then you won't get much for it. A 1 tb drive brand new you can get for 40 bucks. You'll be lucky to sell the bad drive for 5 bucks
     
  10. EpicSurvivor

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    Yeah true, that makes sense just saw that on eBay.

    Its working fine right now, but I know it was clicking this morning for sure. Will see how it goes with time.

    Thanks for the help guys. Really appreciate it.

    By the way found a WD Black 2TB for $50 with 1 year warranty from WD left on it, if all fails I'll probably just buy that as replacement. Helps since I am on a budget for now.

    Thanks again.
     
  11. beers

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    If it's clicking on boot I wouldn't worry as much. That's just a couple sectors, the other stats look pretty good. I'd just keep an eye on it and replace if it starts getting worse.

    Is that still within the warranty range? Doesn't seem very used.
     
  12. EpicSurvivor

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    Yeah was thinking about that actually. Its being working flawless (normal) all day, no clicks and no lag or delay so I'll just keep it for now before I replace it.

    Guys are great, thanks a lot.

    Cheers!
     
  13. JaredDM

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    If it only clicked for a few seconds, but the drive is showing up in BIOS, then you may still get a fair price for it. Just post on eBay an actual picture of the label and be sure to list in the drive specs (part #, DCM, model (including after the dash)) into the listing title.

    I've paid some pretty big bucks for drives with bad sectors and smart errors when they were a good match for a data recovery case I was working on. The condition of the platters is the one thing we never care about. I've got a few drives here that I know have bad sectors but I wouldn't give them up for less than a few hundred dollars because I know they're an odd part number and hard to find anywhere.
     
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  14. EpicSurvivor

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    Alright thanks
     

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