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Old 03-27-2012, 08:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was running crystal tools about a month ago and I was shot a couple of error messages about my HDD by that program. My reallocated sector count on this particular drive is 22 (RAW value) and the current pending sector count is 6 (RAW value). This is a 2 GB drive. These values have not changed at all in the month that I have been observing them. The drive is about 2 years old. I was having problems with speed on this particular drive about six months ago so I backed up everything on it and wiped it and I haven't been having any speed problems since. The data I put back on the drive is still ok and has not degraded any. Should I be concerned?
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Correction make that crystal disk info and its 2 TB not 2 GB
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If it was 2GB, I would say you have an ooooooold computer. :P

Have you run Crystal tools since the reinstall? When you reformatted it, it probably skipped those bad sectors. So they are still there, just hidden. I would look at getting anew drive, or send the current in for an RMA.

What is your HDD manufacturer?
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Hitachi is the manufacturer. And yes I have run crystal tools since the reinstall and it shot me the same errors, but, as I have said, these values have not changed in over a month of observation and the drive speed returned to normal after reformatting.
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I'm not TOO concerned if it fails since I'm running a RAID array so I wouldn't lose anything, but it's still quite annoying.
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I'd say your HDD is degrading. Has anything showed up in your RAID controller or SMART of it degrading?

I think it's on it's way out.
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Nothing so far on either. I'm just gonna go ahead and replace it just to be safe. Thanks for all the help.
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Replace it! If it's 2 years old and it's a hitachi replace it NOW! Those drives are prone for bad sectors when they hit 2 years+ so I suggest getting a newer and better drive manufactuerer. Such as fujititsu it is much better as it usually lasts longer. I have used them before and they lasted about 6+ years and it also is resistant to bad sectors for longer.
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*cough* I have a whole stack of WD 20GB drives. They were around the 95 days. Still works to this day. (Well, not being used atm)
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95 days is not 365X2! Big difference!
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