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Failing HDD?

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    Failing HDD?


    Hi all, last week windows scandisk found errors in my 2nd internal drive (WD 2TB Black) and fixed it. I later found that some files appear with 0 filesize, and are unable to be opened (pictures and acronis backup files). Is this a common occurrence? Does this indicate file corruption or hardware failure (bad sectors)? Thanks

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    Yep your hard drive is dropping sectors. WD Blacks go like that I exchanged them the first time I see a sector drop. Hopefully you have your Acronis back ups on a USB drive too.
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    Windows 8.1x64 Pro


    Thanks Clintlgm, I asked because I did a file scan with chkdsk, not a surface scan for bad sectors, so it could be just file corruption due to not defragging for a long time. Anyway, I do suspect that bad sectors might be present, I will perform a low level scan to confirm this. Will report back.
    (I've been using the HDD for 2 years almost 24/7, SMART status is OK and the HDD is silent, no abnormal noise)
    Last edited by antares; 02 Mar 2015 at 23:50.
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    UPDATE: I just performed a surface scan with HDD Regenerator and it did not find any bad or delayed sectors.
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    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Just straw-grabbing, could HD's write/read caching be part of the problem?
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    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    You might want to check the disk with WD Lifeguard Diagnostic
    USB boot (dlgdiag_5_22.zip): Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS
    Windows (WinDlg_v1_28.zip): Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows

    Some people have difficulty running one or the other, try windows first, then if you want, try the DOS version (I use Rufus to create bootable USBs - so does WD)

    Chkdsk /f often finds and fixes file system errors - mostly security descriptors in my experience. I wouldn't be concerned, but I would make a backup and keep an eye on the drive. It's been running a long time - there is a life cycle to devices and 24/7 shortens the life.
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    Windows 8.1x64 Pro


    Thanks, I just ran HD Tune Pro's full Error Scan and everything OK, no bad sectors. I will run the WD Lifeguard Diagnostic and post results.
    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    Just straw-grabbing, could HD's write/read caching be part of the problem?
    What do you mean?
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    Windows 8.1x64 Pro


    Just finished the WD Lifeguard Diagnostics Extended Test, all OK, passed. I'm starting to suspect that this issue might be caused by faulty RAM.
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    Austin TX metro area
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    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    ahhh, you gave a better than I did - faulty ram, I didn't think of that.
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    Are you sharing the second drive with any other OSs? That can be problematic in Win8 -- as I had the misfortune to discover myself.
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