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I have a 13 month old ASUS notebook, in which there's a TOSHIBA MQ01ABD100 HDD of 1 TB.

I started having problems with Windows (very slow) and Ubuntu (unable to boot up) recently. Suspecting the HDD, I did an extended hdd self test in Ubuntu, which, after some 4 hours, failed... Here's a screenshot:

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I'd say I'd need to replace it. However, I'd just like your insights on whether this drive is really that bad. I mean, do you think that the warranty people could just say that they would not accept my claim for replacament because that HDD is actually not that bad? EDIT

Here's a screenshot after the short self test:

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    in my experience, the last time I had a hard drive with that sort of issues (on a thinkpad) ,I was told to run the PC maker's own own diagnostic tool and based it off that. – Journeyman Geek Apr 8 '17 at 15:23
  • I can't find any diagnostic tools for Asus. Nor for Toshiba HDD. The problem is also that it takes ages to boot up windows. So I guess I can't use a windows program. I'm running Ubuntu on an external HDD via USB. – SlumpA Apr 8 '17 at 15:38
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    Your question is not clear... What are you really asking? Asus will likely not cover it as it is outside their 1 year hardware warranty, Toshiba will not cover it as this series HDD (MQ01ABD100) only has a 1 year warranty, so unless you have an extended warranty/insurance then you are out of luck. – acejavelin Apr 8 '17 at 15:40
  • I have a 2 year warranty. I guess what I'm asking is whether my problem is really caused by the suspected hdd. – SlumpA Apr 8 '17 at 15:49
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    Sorry this has been put on hold. IMHOIt shouldn't have been. A SMART failure - which is what you have is accepted by manufacturers as evidence the drive needs to be replaced. Effectively the tool you ran has a summary of drive health as programmed by the manufacturer and it's failed. – davidgo Apr 8 '17 at 18:45
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You can further test the drive by using a disk-test utility such as HDDScan.

However, I am alarmed by Current Pending Sector Count being 1008, this attribute being the most dangerous to the health of your disk.

Current Pending Sector Count is defined by Wikipedia as :

Count of "unstable" sectors (waiting to be remapped, because of unrecoverable read errors). If an unstable sector is subsequently read successfully, the sector is remapped and this value is decreased. Read errors on a sector will not remap the sector immediately (since the correct value cannot be read and so the value to remap is not known, and also it might become readable later); instead, the drive firmware remembers that the sector needs to be remapped, and will remap it the next time it's written.

This means that 1008 sectors are currently in too bad a state to be mapped to spare sectors, so that in effect, if some future read succeeds on one of these sectors it will be mapped immediately to a spare sector, but that currently no such read has succeeded. Another name for such is "unrecoverable sectors".

I think you have grounds enough to demand a replacement. I also hope that you have good backups.

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