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HDD Faliure on the way?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by kmufc77, 26 Apr 2010.

  1. kmufc77

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  2. icedbullet

    Wise Guy

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    Wow thats really unlucky. 5 samsungs in 2 years? They have always been so reliable for me. If you have something like HD Tune (download the evaluation version here) or samsungs own diagnostic tools here to check out the status of the drive
     
  3. michael baxter

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    I had a similar (if not the same) error with a new Samsung F1.

    I tried scanning with the Samsung HD utils, but it found nothing.
     
  4. kmufc77

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    yeah im scanning as we speak not sure what to make of the error message if hd tune finds no errors?
     
  5. kmufc77

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    are you using the same drive now?
    has it failed or any signs?
    have you had any other windows error messages
     
  6. Mick-1965

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    You could do with something to view the SMART data. Some thing like Crystal disk info (CDI)

    If the reallocated sector count is changing it will flag a warning in windows, but it doesn't necessarily mean the drive will die.
    I've had a drive where 3 sectors have failed and been re-allocated, CDI flags a warning, but its been like that for 3 years now.
    Start to worry if the re-allocated sector count is constantly on the change.
     
  7. kmufc77

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    well hd tune has found no errors at all.
     
  8. Simon42

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    Does the Windows event log give any more information about the error?

    If the SMART data doesn't show anything or the manufacturers tools then it could be something else. Has this happened just the once?
     
  9. aowc02

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    Silly question

    do you hear a "clucking" sort of noise from the HDD as it attempts to access files?
    if you hear it then your drive (imo) is on the way out
     
  10. kmufc77

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    I heard a similar sound when booting up yesterday but havent heard the sound since?
     
  11. uv

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    I've had 2 F1's and a 500GB Sammy die on me.. won't be buying a Samsung drive again in the near future. My ancient 36GB raptor outlived all my Samsung drives.
     
  12. aowc02

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    If it starting up, i wouldnt see it as in issue, as the drive is just probably checking itself.

    If it occurs in windows, id say the drive is on its way out (based on my own experience with Seagate, Western Digital, Maxtor and Samsung hard drives. (Whenever a drive was about to die, i always heard a cluck while in windows)
     
  13. bledd

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    5, christ that's unlucky

    Luckily, I've only ever had one hard drive die (the first one I ever bought)

    I have around 8 WD drives and about 10 Samsungs, all have been rock solid