Questions about hard drive mechanical failure.

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My Laptop became extremely slow and found error with hard disk

I am using Dell Inspiron N5010 (windows 8). It was working fine, suddenly it became extremely slow. So I had restored my laptop to a previous Restore Point. After restoring I got this error message. ...
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Smart extended test fails on same LBA every time. Is my drive really dying?

I ran a smart extended test on my old laptop's hard disk, and got a read error. I ran it again, and it got the same LBA of the error. Does this mean the disk is really dying, or just that there is a ...
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HDD IO errors, is this definitely a HDD failure or could it be something else? kernel.log

This HDD's history The hard drive is 1.5TB, 6 years old. IIRC it's 7200RPM with a ATA133 interface, using the motherboard's onboard controller. It gave perfect service in a big desktop PC, then 1 ...
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Dell Optiplex 960 will not boot

I had to power my desktop down by holding the power button on until it shut down. Now when I press the power button the green light flashes a few moments on the number 3 on the harddrive and then ...
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Laptop HDD Sparky Crackling Sound

Recently my new laptop started producing this sparky, "electric" sound that is coming from hdd. It starts, I think, when the laptop warms a bit. Also my laptop becomes slow ( I guess, same reason). I'...
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powered down drive still manages to fail

I installed a primary disc as a slave disc in order to recover data from it. It was already failing at this point, I believe, due to a brief power spike. Eventually I powered it down, leaving it in ...
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need to find out if my hard drive is broken - windows corrupted and wont boot

OK, so a short story long: I had windows 8. It was working fine. When updating to Windows 10, the process interrupted, corrupting my windows installation. I formatted and reinstalled windows. fine. ...
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Hard drive failure recovery

Yesterday my family's laptop's hdd gave out and stop working. When the computer is turned on it says Checking Media [fail]. After I go into the BIOS settings is says Fixed HDD <Not Detected&...
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SATA hard drive has extremely slow write speed

It was fine until one morning, a few days ago. Any ideas? Can it be fixed? P.S. completing that benchmark took FOREVER
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Does URE apply in non-RAID setups?

According to this article (http://www.zdnet.com/article/why-raid-5-stops-working-in-2009/) if you have a RAID 5 setup and one of your drives decides to die you would replace the dead one with a new ...
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Storage Spaces marks all disks as failed after 30 minutes of copying files

I have an Intel NUC with Windows 10 64bits, I connected with USB3.0 (UASP) an 8-bay HDD enclosure that contains 2 new HDD WD Red 6Tb, and 1 old HDD WD Green 2Tb (99% full but healthy, formatted with ...
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Can not copy data from HDD, because it has become very slow?

I have an external hard drive, that I cannot copy data from, because of very slow read speed: The speed gradually decreased overtime. Hard drive doesn't make unusual noise, and I can not see anything ...
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Is it possible to damage my computer by installing an old HDD?

I found an old 1TB HDD in my basement. I don't remember why I removed it from and older PC the past - maybe because it was failing, or maybe because of a computer upgrade. I'm not sure it has always ...
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Is my hard drive faulty?

I have a new laptop with both an SSD and an HDD. However, it seems like the HDD is faulty because content on it seems to skip. For example, I'd play a game on it and occasionally the game would freeze ...
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Is my hard drive dying or is it an OS issue?

Our tech doesn't think it's a hardware failure and is planning to reinstall windows. I ran chkdsk and it didn't find anything, but I keep seeing other oddities. Examples below: DSIM Error C:\...
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Defective hard disk: Software evidence of last functional activity?

I am calling for Stack's arcanes to know whether it is possible to provide software-based evidence of a Windows 10 laptop's last operational activity before the hard drive went nuts. The scenario is ...
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external hard drive can not be fornatted

While I was formatting my external hard drive (this one: http://nl.transcend-info.com/Products/No-284), another program that was running caused a failure that aborted the formating. Since then, I have ...
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Can I move a hard disk platter to another hard drive?

My hard disk just started making a ticking sound, and then it stopped spinning. I checked the inside and saw that the r/w head is broken. Can I just move the platter to another hard drive or will it ...
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Using an external drive from Seagate with an HDD from Samsung

I have been running my external drive Seagate STBV20002004.5 for 2.5 years until it started showing read errors. I disassembled it and replaced the HDD with a Samsung HD501LJ (which, I am sure, is ...
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How many drives can I safely lose in a RAID-10 array?

In a 4-drive RAID-10 setup, how many drives can I "safely" lose before the data becomes unrecoverable? It's a bit unclear to me whether the setup provides one drive or two drives worth of redundancy. ...
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HDD Failure? Seagate 320GB

I have a Seagate Barracuda ST3320820SCE 320GB HDD 7200RPM Brand new from a trusted seller on eBay (i know, but it’s new) Worked fine then today I got 2 crashes causing windows to shut down. And ...
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Which copy will be used when RAID1 loses a piece of data? [duplicate]

The case of complete drive failure is pretty clear for RAID1: the faulty drive simply does not work and data is being read from the good one. Now the other real situation: the drive works, but some ...
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External HD stops working while transferring files

I was moving some files into my external HD (WD Elements 4TB) when it suddenly stopped working, on the copy window i had a message saying that the destination was not available. When i touched the HD ...
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Fujitsu Lifebook A514 Setup Warning Boot Failure

Day before yesterday, everything was working without a problem. My notebook (Fujitsu A514 Lifebook) was running Debian testing amd64 on kernel 4.2. I put it to upgrade, and it ran completely. Then ...
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Lenovo Thinkpad HDD Error While Running Recovery Tool - Windows 7 OS

My Lenovo T430 started to "hang" or shut-down unexpectedly. Norton's did not find any viruses, but when running the Lenovo hardware tests (included with the system), a HDD failure was identified. I ...
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Is my hard drive failing? Win 10 won't boot

My son's Windows 10 laptop won't boot, laptop fell a couple feet while powered up but booted fine right after that. A couple hours later it wouldn't boot, and got stuck after a few seconds on the ...
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Solid State Drive became unresponsive after large file download - Is it dying?

Do some solid state drives have a hard time dealing with instructions when they have low free space? Or should I expect that the drive is at the end of its life (at just over 1 year)? Background: My ...
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Can a failed SSD have zero bad sectors?

Today, my Windows 7 pc decided it didn't want to boot out of the blue. After the bios screen, all I see is a black screen. No windows logo, no text, just black. I've ran chkdsk off a boot CD and it ...
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Would frequently reinstalling Linux distros affect the life of my hard disk?

I have Ubuntu and Fedora Linux distributions on my computer. I try to tweak many things in both of them and many times mess things up. So I normally reinstall the OS to fix it (as a last resort). In ...
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Can't boot windows

So I have a Dell Inspiron 15 7537 laptop for about one and a half year, it has performed quite well over the years. But yesterday when I started it, it got stuck in the Dell logo. I ran the ePSA and ...
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How to tell whether the memory chips or controller have failed on an SSD?

I've got an Intel SSD 320 Series 160GB that's suddenly failed - it just wouldn't boot one day. I'd like to have a go at recovering the data by desoldering the memory chips and soldering them onto the ...
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2TB Seagate External GoFlex external hard drive failure: Is there anything I can do?

I have a 2TB Seagate External GoFlex—which has a Seagate 2TB 9VT156-570 installed—that I’d like to recover the data from. It was working and I was going to make a backup. I bought a SATA docking ...
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Is I/O error sufficient reason to return SSD on warranty?

Several times I’ve encountered heavy disk errors leading to complete system crash, after reboot m/b doesn’t detect SSD till full PC poweroff. Here is log I've managed to display before OS gone ...
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RAID Disk failure - one per day (3ware 9650SE - Seagate Barracuda 3TB)

I have a RAID6 config, with 3ware 9650SE-8LPML card and 6x Seagate Barracuda 3000GB running from early 2012 (May?). Those HDD were quite big for that time. They always made a strange noise when ...
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Damaged hard driver data recovery

I have a problem about hard disk. My important data is in the hard drive. But I did so try to recover but not. I did try to connect hard drive with system but could not. There are three ways which i ...
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NTFS partition is in an unsafe state: failure to boot Windows 8 Lenovo laptop

I have Lenovo G50-45 that after power on have no signs on the screen, though cpu fan is rotating, that goes to self power off after few seconds of such a state and self power on to repeat the same ...
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Need help about system recovery

I have an HP laptop Windows 7 x64 500 GB HDD. Suddenly, its hard drive stopped responding. So, I had to purchase new one with a newly installed window. But, I had made a recovery in the old hard disk ...
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Computer boots to black PXE screen, then reports “no bootable device”

When I turn on my computer, I get the following on a black screen: Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 082) Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation For Atheros PCIE Ethernet Controller v2.0.0.4 (03/03/09) ...
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Why are my drives failling (version 2)?

I have a problem similar to the one described on question Why are my hard drives failing?. I have a PC assembled by my self and It has worked fine for 3 years but recently It have been killing hard ...
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Did a Primary Hard Disk Self Test on my HP Pavilion dm4; what do these results mean?

I did a Primary Hard Disk Self Test and I would want to know what the results mean. I do know that my Hard Disk has failures... My laptop is HP Pavilion dm4. This is the first screen picture and ...
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What does fsck mean with “Filesystem has n clusters but only space for n-m FAT entries. (m>0)”?

I started a long time copy action onto my external HD. I went away, and somehow the energy saving mechanism must have realized that the user was idle and suspended the machine. (BTW, what exactly is ...
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External USB hard drive and risk of internal condensation?

Apparently you can kill a USB hard drive by moving it from a cold to warm environment and powering it up. The killer being internal condensation. Q1: How real is the risk? What kind of temperatures ...
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Seagate hdd (internal) unmount/disappear after awhile i plugged in

Summary: Before my Seagate ST1000DM003 (1TB) failed, the disk usage always goes up to 100% active with no transfer rate, this causing my pc freeze randomly. BIOS POST shows up'S.M.A.R.T. COMMAND ...
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External hard drive stalled during transfer - Jarmund

I was transferring a .mp4 file when the transfer/drive stalled. When I plug the hard drive in to the PC it does not show in "my computer" or list a drive. How would I verify if the drive has failed, ...
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Replacing an Imminent-Failure Drive in a RAID-0 with Clone

The RAID-0 in question is run by an Intel RAID controller in a Gigabyte Z77X-D3H. It is a 2x320GB RAID-0, comprised of two different model drives. The working one is a 320GB Western Digital (whose ...
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Anything I can do about erratic hard disk drive speeds

I don't seem to have very good luck with hard disk drives these days; 3 side-by-side (non-RAID) drives on my machine, replaced 5 drives in the last 4 years. My problem of the moment is that my largest ...
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Installed Kubuntu on old hard drive and now it's making loud clicking noises

I recently installed Kubuntu on a very old hard drive (it's 10 years old at least). It installed OK, but when I started the computer, I heard the hard drive making loud noises – sounds most like the ...
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How do I find which disk (volume) is failing?

I am using stock Apache Hadoop 1.1.1 and I can't get a datanode to start due to: 2015-04-23 09:12:48,138 INFO org.apache.hadoop.metrics2.impl.MetricsConfig: loaded properties from hadoop-metrics2....
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Will keeping my external hard drive plugged into AC (but not USB) wear it down?

I am planning to move my backups to an external USB drive, the reason being that the backups are using about 90% of my home server's space and I am not able to obtain a hard drive larger than 85 GB (...
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How to know if bad sectors are caused by physical or logical damage? [closed]

Is it possible to know whether bad sectors are caused by physical damage or logical damage on a hard drive?