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how to tell a HDD has failed?

  1. #11

    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1 OEM

    my friend is using Windows 7.

    the partition which contains Windows 8.1 is showed as RAW.
    (only the C: is RAW, but the D: is NTFS)

    so, I did chkdsk /f, but nothing happens.
    still shown as RAW.

    currently, I am using EaseUS Drive Recovery Wizard.
    I choose the "Complete Recovery" directed to the RAW partition only.
    8 hours left.

    am I on the right track?
    Last edited by iUnique; 12 Apr 2014 at 23:11. Reason: typo

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  2. #12

    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1 OEM

    I used HDDScan for SMART test.

    everything is well and good,
    except "Current Pending Errors Count; Value: 100; Worst: 100"

    what does this means?
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  3. #13

    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1 pro 64 bit

    Hi iUnique,

    My local computer parts store sells Western Digital Black 1tb drives for under $100...
    The thing is, although you may be able to map the bad sectors on your drive using chkdsk, I would consider this unit extremely unreliable at this point. It could possibly be stable, but odds are that will continue to develop more errors, and will in all likelyhood fail completely at some point in the near future. My advise is to get your data off the disk if you can, and buy a new drive.
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  4. #14

    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1 OEM

    HDD Sentinel for DOS show the HDD has 63% health, about 30 weak sectors.

    so, I am going to use diskpart clean the HDD,
    and try reinstall Windows.

    I will buy a new HDD just in case.

    will report back after next week.
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  5. #15

    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1 pro 64 bit

    Good Luck! Since you're getting a new drive anyway, I'd strongly recommend copying the data from the old to the new asap. I look forward to hearing how it works out.
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  6. #16

    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1 OEM

    I'm back!

    backing up data, done.

    so, I did cleaned the disk, using the diskpart.
    then, I checked it back using HDD Sentinel, showing 61 weak sectors, which I think it did increased.

    the disk is failing, right?
    (I just want to confirm)
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  7. #17

    Posts : 103
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit

    Yes, it is failing. If it keeps running like a disk that failed for me, the number of bad sectors will increase at an increasing rate.
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  8. #18

    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1 pro 64 bit

    Good job on saving your data! You should check if your old drive was still under warranty - if so, you can RMA it and get a replacement for the cost of shipping. Or even better, see if you can get the retailer who sold you the original drive to RMA it for you. It worked for me once!
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