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Worried about Hard Drive failing

  1. #1


    Kirkham UK
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    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit

    Worried about Hard Drive failing


    Hello, I am worried that my hard drive is failing. My reasoning behind this is that, according to my S.M.A.R.T data my Calibration Retry Count is 2018 which HDTune says "Warning" and my Interface CRC Error Count is 9, which is an "Attention"

    Is it also bad that in 3 days (13th November - 16th November) My calibration Retry Count went from 1644 to 2018

    According to sentinel...

    Power on time is 1064 days 17 hours and has an estimated 760 days remaining.
    Performance is 100%
    Health is 100%
    Current temp is 44c | Max temp during lifespan was 53c
    S.M.A.R.T Also passed

    I checked my health with HDD Health, and that reports 93%

    P.S I just noticed I posted this in the wrong section, sorry

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  2. #2


    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    I don't think that is indicating that failure is imminent so you shouldn't fret but make sure you keep your stuff backed up regardless.
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  3. #3


    Kirkham UK
    Posts : 125
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    When should I start to worry?
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    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Do any programs fail to load? Can you access your data?

    As long as you aren't experiencing issues related to the SMART errors, it's not something to worry about. However, hard drives are mechanical things that can fail anytime which is why it's a good idea to make regular backups.

    I'm not telling you to ignore the SMART info, just don't worry about it unless you are seeing other issues. If you keep backups then there really is nothing to worry about anyway since, if the drive fails, you can buy a new one and restore the backup and be back up and running in fairly short order.
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    I used to rely on SMART data but then found out, the hard way, that it is unreliable when two hard drives failed on me suddenly this last year. No one knows how much "time you have" until this drive simply fails. So, as soon as possible, you should backup the contents of this drive as, it could suddenly fail completely, any day now.
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    N. Calif
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    SMART data is not necessarily a good predictor of when a drive will fail. Your drive might fail today or it might not fail for years. I personally don't bother to look at the SMART data UNLESS I am having problems.

    Whether I thought the SMART data was telling you that the drive was going to fail any second or whether it was meaningless, the advice is still the same. Backup, backup, backup!

    I have always believed this about hard drives, "It's not a question of IF the drive will fail but WHEN."
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  7. #7


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    I have always believed this about hard drives, "It's not a question of IF the drive will fail but WHEN."
    Yea, spinning plates at 5400-7200 RPM with floating heads micrometers over them is a recipe for disaster at any time. Not to mention the I/O circuitry. Kind of amazing they are as reliable as they are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    I have always believed this about hard drives, "It's not a question of IF the drive will fail but WHEN."
    Yea, spinning plates at 5400-7200 RPM with floating heads micrometers over them is a recipe for disaster at any time. Not to mention the I/O circuitry. Kind of amazing they are as reliable as they are.
    Give it a whack while it's running and you'll see how "amazingly reliable" they are !!! Problem with SMART is that it never forgets anything (short of redoing FW) and even temporary problem stays marked. Best you can do is to check if it's getting worse. In my experience, if any problem keeps on getting worse, it will escalate fast. SMART "life left" and "Health" predictions do not mean much, they are just conjunctions calculated by a formula (by different manufacturers) according to past SMART results. I have few older, used HDDs with health down to 15 - 20% and still do not have a single bad sector and work flawlessly just because they were maltreated before I got them but since than have been treated kindly.
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