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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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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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Potential hard-drive failure [duplicate]

About a week ago my Windows 7 PC got progressively slower over a day or two before it got the point where it was unusable. Everything would pretty much freeze when trying to even carry out the most ...
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555 views

Failing hard drive false positive?

Upon booting a computer I get an error "AHCI Port 1 Error, press F1 to continue." Ok, everything goes fine, I can perfectly boot into Windows (7). There I get a S.M.A.R.T. warning that my hard drive ...
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What software to use to recover data from Samsung HD103UJ HDD?

I have a Samsung HD103UJ 1TB SATA HDD which is malfunctioning, but not a complete brick. If I try to boot off it, the boot takes forever and there is slow ticking sound. If I hot-plug it into a ...
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How can I recover dead SSD drives?

I haven't lost any mission critical data or anything, but I have in my possession a large number of SSD 2.5" drives that were pulled for unreliability or being "dead". I am curious if there's any way ...
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How bad is my ssd disk?

Eventually I get very long boot times. Some times I have to re-install some programs because of segmentation fault. So I found my ssd disk, which is 12 months old, have some problems as seen in this ...
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Windows detected a hard disk p⁣roblem — what should I do?

I'm using Windows 7 x64 Ultimate, I'm getting windows error popups like this one for about 3 days, multiple times a day: This Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD502HJ 500 GB is about 2 years old and I already ...
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Does a Samsung G3 Station external hard drive stop working when power supply is too high? [closed]

I have a Samsung G3 Station 2TB external hard drive (link to PDF specs here). It was working perfectly when I accidentally plugged it in my notebook's power source. Now, it doesn't work even with the ...
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Can drive encryption cause faster drive failure?

For about the past two years I've used TrueCrypt to encrypt my entire hard drive. During this time I've had a complete hard drive failure (data unrecoverable, had to RMA the drive) twice. I've never ...
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Mean Time to Failure (MTTF): When disk manufacturers post this, how should you interpret their numbers?

Mean Time to Failure (MTTF) is usually given in terms of hours, and by doing some calculations, it seems that a disk should fail only after a good number of years have gone by. It seems that disks ...
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Unix Utility to Constantly Read and Write Disk to Kill Clicking Drive?

One of my hard drives is slowing down and makes intermittent clicking noises. I'm pretty sure it's about to die and have backed up all it's contents. Is there some hard drive stressing utility or ...
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How to prevent programs (e.g. Process Monitor) from killing my SSD in 2 weeks?

I just got my first SSD - Intel 320 Series 120GB yesterday. And I have SSDLife monitoring in the background. I have TRIM enabled. After I have installed all software, and did some basic testings. ...
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Are SSD's really reliable enough for power users?

TL;DR (though please read my full experience before jumping in with a quick answer.) A power user performs a certain amount of write cycles. Does an MLC SSD drive support enough write cycles to last ...