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    Failing hard drive?

    Hello,

    Does this below mean that my hard-drive is failing? I'm already getting errors in BitTorrent regarding I/O issues - Read Error.
    Failing hard drive?-crystal_disk-jpg


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    Re: Failing hard drive?

    I'm not really a hardware expert but I would first suggest using the manufacturer's recommended tool to test your drive. Link is below.
    How to test a drive for problems using Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows | WD Support

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    Re: Failing hard drive?

    It failed the test so badly it must be a new record

    Failing hard drive?-hard_drive-jpg

    One of my friends told me that there is something to format it or test it in some way so that the bad sectors will be overlooked and what can work properly, will work. Let's see who else has a reply for this.

    Maybe if I hadn't gotten so angry at fifa in the last two years it would've lasted more. Are WD still as reliable as I knew they were? :/

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    Re: Failing hard drive?

    Looks to me like your hard drive is failing and you need a new one. I don't know enought about hardware to tell you if a format would work but I really don't think so. Drives can be like cars. Sometimes you get a lemon or one not made as well as the others. Good luck.

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    Re: Failing hard drive?

    That is a Black series drive and comes with a 5 year warranty. Failing WD's own diagnostics ensures they will honor the warranty. Check here to see if your warranty is still in effect.
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    Re: Failing hard drive?

    It's failing...hard. One question: Are WD hdds reliable and good and such? I'm going to order me a new one.

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    Re: Failing hard drive?

    Are WD hdds reliable and good and such?
    Generally, yes. But understand typical drive makers produce dozens of different models - some better than others.

    See Hard Drive Failure Rates: The Results from 68,813 Hard Drives
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    Re: Failing hard drive?

    - SMART attributes 05 & C5 are "nasty" ones. Wikipedia has a good guide on those SMART attributes
    S.M.A.R.T. - Wikipedia.

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    Re: Failing hard drive?

    Ok, here's an update !! Using DISKPART in cmd after my drive disappeared after a restart, i got the below message:

    Failing hard drive?-diskpart-jpg

    Now what? It's dead, isn't it?

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    Re: Failing hard drive?

    Your image tells me that is not your boot disk, but a secondary drive. You don't want a disk to be read only. Want to be able to write to it to. And page files normally are on the boot disk, unless you manually moved it.

    So is this your boot disk, or a secondary disk?
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    Re: Failing hard drive?

    This is a secondary drive. Also I have bought a new hdd already. Now my inquiry is: How do I fix this old one. It worked after removing it from the laptop and placing it again but now I want to format it in such a way that only the good sectors are seen and able to perform as usual.

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    Re: Failing hard drive?

    Just do a "Full" (not "Quick") format on it. That will cause the file system to touch each storage location and determine if good or bad. If bad, it will mark it in the drive's tables as bad and not use it.

    That said, nothing can really "fix" a drive if the drive itself is failing. You can fix corruption, but if the sectors a physically bad, they will remain bad and it is not uncommon for a drive to continue to deteriorate from that point on. It is okay to use it, but you should make sure you keep regular backups.

    So, with this drive installed as a secondary drive and note its drive letter. Using drive D as an example, open an elevated command prompt (Run as administrator) and enter format d: to start the format where "d" is the drive letter.
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