Questions about hard drive mechanical failure.

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HP A1709N two bad LBAs [on hold]

I am using my sister's old HP A1709N. I tried to turn it on yesterday, but for some strange reason, when I tried to start it up, it doesn't show me the vista logo after boot. When I tried running a ...
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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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External Hard Disk not recognized

I bought an external seagate hard drive which crashed after few months. All my data was lost and I had no backup. I bought another one which worked perfectly for about a month but now when I connect ...
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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 ...
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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?
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Should I trust a hard drive from a dropped laptop, that spontaneously started working again?

A month or so ago, my sister dropped her laptop (an HP Pavilion DV7 running Windows 7), and after that the machine would no longer boot -- at power-on it would just display a message: "a disk read ...
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Should I buy a 'Red' or 'NAS' Hard Drive if my desktop computer is on all the time? [closed]

I leave my computer on all the time. Over the last 10 years I've lost an average of about one hard drive per year. I have Seagate and Western Digital warranty exchange addresses memorized :-) Right ...
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LVM safest management best practice for home workstation, in case of HD failure

My question is for a low cost home workstation, in a hard to replace hardware situation. So what is the best practice using LVM? and without raid. 1) I think I should create logical volumes ...
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Shrink worn-out SSD to prolong lifetime?

I have a 120GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD (latest 2.25 Firmware) which is recognized in BIOS and has the following symptoms when compared to another OCZ SSD in the same machine: the wear level counter in ...
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2 new Caviar Blue hard drives failed within hours on new build

I made this standard desktop build for my father with an Asus AM1M-A mboard, Athlon 5150, 4GB Kingston DDR3 1333MHz (2x2GB), EVGA 430W 80 Plus PSU, and a Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB HD ...
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Hard disks: random vs sequencial access times for all uses

The general question: if I run all sorts of tasks on the PC, should I get an HDD with higher random or sequential data rates? More specifically: I'm using an 80GB HDD to host the operating systems ...
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My FreeNas HDD has Failed

I am having 2 HDD on FreeNAS 1 Seagate & 2nd WD in RAID. The WD HDD is not detected. What do i do to get the NAS working as my data is very important. Any help would be highly appreciated
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Disabling HP 3D driveguard?

Laptop model: HP dv7t-7000, 1TB 5400rpm Hdd First off, i know how to disable hp 3d driveguard protection, my question is whether it is a good idea in the following situation: I will be recording ...
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Hard drive failure with notification to install matrix console [duplicate]

My wife's computer has suddenly popped up with a notification saying her hard may fail soon. Shortly after a program called Intel matrix storage console asked permission to download. My question is; ...
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Warning on Speccy for disk but status is good?

Below are my Speccy results, unfortunately I have only just started using it and looking at the raw values I seems as though most are at their worst but yet all the status's are good? Can someone with ...
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Extremely large amount of reallocated sectors

Before anyone starts giving me links I have read many threads about harddrives and bad sectors. I was just curious about anyway to prolong a read-only drive from death. For months now one of my ...
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Can the $BadClus file hold recoverable data?

I have an external hard drive that a family member dropped but however still functions perfectly other than the drive is not partitioned; the drive doesn't even click in the way a normal damaged hard ...
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Is this hard-drive beyond recovery? [closed]

A family member dropped a couple of their external hard drives as they were swapping to a new computer. Needless to say both drives have been ruined, but with different symptoms; the first drive works ...
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Current Time Machine HDD bad sectors - Clone to new HDD or do new clean TM backup to new HDD?

Questions follow dots. The rest is history and system hardware/software. It is an internal 3TB Hitachi drive that has 5 reallocated bad sectors on my: MacPro 5,1 3.33 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon 24 ...
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Is my hard disk failing?

I have a problem with my computer: I'm using Windows 7 x64, and when I try to acces the Downloads folder, it takes a long time. After waiting for half a minute or more, I can open it, see the ...
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Western Digital my passport 2TB

My passport WD 2TB is about 2 years old and was working perfectly on both PC and Mac up to yesterday. Today when I plugged it in, it whirred loudly. The power light is continuously flashing. It ...
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Does the following mean my SSD is about to fail?

[iceguru@stuxnet ~]$ sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda smartctl 6.3 2014-07-26 r3976 [x86_64-linux-3.14.21-1-MANJARO] (local build) Copyright (C) 2002-14, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, ...
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How to check that drive is really OK?

I have several (around 10) Seagate drives, some older and smaller (80GB, 160GB) some newer and larger (1.5 TB, etc). I wanted to check which one is still in good health - and I installed SeaTools for ...
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Can't access external harddrive in OSX

For some reason i can't access my external HDD anymore. It's not showing up in Finder, although i can see it in the Volumes folder and in Disk Utility app. When i access the HDD from terminal and try ...
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What damage can vibration cause on hard-drive?

My laptop's hard-drive completely died last week. It started with a boot-up failure, so I started up a live USB to inspect the drive. This didn't really work as it seemed to freeze the system up, but ...
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Western Digital Elements 1TB USB3.0 Spins up and then beeps?

Well, today, I unplugged my WD external HDD from my laptop so that I could move it to a different port. I was not using any program that would be accessing the drive at the time. However, when I ...
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Recovering data from failing hard-drive using ddrescue

Lately my hard-drive have failed me. I'm trying to rescue some important data from it and right now im stuck doing this... I've read about ddrescue data recovery tool and it seems like it's doing its ...
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How to determine which drive in a firmware RAID is failing

I have two drives in an Intel ICH10 RAID 1. They are not enterprise-level drives; just regular WD Caviar Black drives. Recently, reading/writing to the mirrored volume has become extremely slow and ...
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What is the fastest way to force hdd to reallocate bad sectors and discard the data?

I either own or am in charge of (at work) a lot of HDDs that are either part of raid arrays, or there are backups of the data elsewhere. When a disk is starting to fail and going slow because it's ...
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How to save data from a dying hard drive?

I have three drives installed, 1 SSD and 2 HDD. While the system is in the SSD, many program are installed in one of the the HDD. But I think that HDD is failing. I can hardly even boot the computer. ...
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Hard drive SMART values - failure prediction

I recently went through my pile of computer components (dusty garbage) and found that I got a lot of 5~7 years old sata drives lying around. I found a couple of 400gb sata drives are from around 2007 ...
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WD NAS vs hd sentinel on disk health

My Western Digital My Book Live II, started failing some time ago, with a "Drive A Failed" message on the Web Interface monitor tool. After replacing Drive A, with a new one, drive B failed also a ...
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SSD stopped working suddenly. Any chance of data recovery?

I have been using a Corsair Force 3 (120GB) SSD since last 1.5 years. Yesterday, the laptop freezed suddenly and I had to hard reset it. Then it refused to boot as if no HDD was installed. This has ...
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What happens to a RAID 0 array if some of the constituent drives are unavailable?

If I have three drives in a RAID 0 array containing a file system, and I happen to disconnect two of the drives, then what would I see on the only connected drive? Would I see nothing? Would I get an ...
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Second Harddrive is failing. Due to Hibernation?

About a year ago my WD Green drive started failing. I started getting BSOD (disk related) and freezes, until it was not readable anymore. It was still recognized in the bios, but it was not mountable ...
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Hard disk ticks when laptop is idle

I have an about 3 years old laptop, but very well maintained, and it stared a few weeks ago making a quit tick when it's idle. It sounds like an hard disk tick. It's really rare, it happens 3-4, max 5 ...
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Are there any possibilities to recover data from dead hard disc [duplicate]

I have an Sea-gate 500gb hard disc that is completely dead, i mean when i connect hard disc to my system it is not getting detected. But i had so much of important data in it, i need those data now. ...
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Reinstalling OEM Windows 7 Without Original Disc?

My grandfathers 2 year old Dell laptop recently suffered a hard drive failure. I purchased a replacement hard drive and installed it for him. Unfortunately no Windows disc was provided with the ...
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Does copying for hours wear the hard-drive?

I got a new harddrive where I want to backup a lot of my old files. Is it a bad idea to copy (rsync) all files in one chunk and let it run for a day. Or is it better to copy in smaller bursts. Does ...
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Power outage during disk wipe. What do I do now?

I was using Roadkil Diskwipe on an external hard drive and the power went out. I had removed it from any outlet connection by the time power was restored to prevent power-spike damage (it's on a surge ...
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How do I set a DCO on a hard drive over USB?

I dropped my hard drive (a 320 GB WD Scorpio Blue, model number WD3200BEVT) and I want to create a Device Configuration Overlay over the bad sectors. The highest LBA on the drive is 6xxxxxxxx , and ...
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Passing trains causing damage to hard drives? [closed]

In my 1.5 years at a fairly small company, I've dealt with 3-4 damaged hard drives (bad blocks mostly). Out of the 4-5 servers and 8 desktops, that's a very large percentage. Many of the drives were ...
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Old HD not botting, now external drive, can't get files

SO my old hard drive wouldn't boot anymore, I think the error had something to do with MUI not being full or something? So I bought a new computer and pulled the drive from my old computer and put it ...
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SSD – smartctl – Status

I have a SAMSUNG SSD 830 Series SSD in my MacBook Pro. In my work, I need to analyse huges amounts of data. I have php scripts that extract the data, build csv sheets, then gnuplot generates hundreds ...