Hard Drive Simply Not Dying....


R

Red Cloud

Samsung 80G HD has a SMART warning error of future failure (Back up
the data warning) during boot-up and done all kind of HD utiliity test
showed no sign of sector error or any kind. One time it was dead not
responding during boot-up, very quite and no sign of anything going
inside of HD. I thought finally the time to throw away....But I
rebooted and carefully shacked slowly and heard click, the sign of
the cylinder rotation. HD came alive but this time without SMART
warning error. Looks like SMART warning appeares as primary HD ....
 
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Flasherly

Samsung 80G HD has a SMART warning error of future failure (Back up
the data warning) during boot-up and done all kind of HD utiliity test
showed no sign of sector error or any kind. One time it was dead not
responding during boot-up, very quite and no sign of anything going
inside of HD. I thought finally the time to throw away....But I
rebooted and carefully shacked slowly and heard click, the sign of
the cylinder rotation. HD came alive but this time without SMART
warning error. Looks like SMART warning appeares as primary HD ....

Can format it, keeping in mind Samsung's format and diagnostic
utilities, change out the MBR for restructuring partitions, maybe an
OS arbitrator. IOW - impose on it by testing for failure. Or, just
let sleeping dogs lie between that eventuality it will fail at some
future point. Potential horror story, though, it you don't back up
anything worth keeping, to be sure, either way.
 
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Yousuf Khan

Samsung 80G HD has a SMART warning error of future failure (Back up
the data warning) during boot-up and done all kind of HD utiliity test
showed no sign of sector error or any kind. One time it was dead not
responding during boot-up, very quite and no sign of anything going
inside of HD. I thought finally the time to throw away....But I
rebooted and carefully shacked slowly and heard click, the sign of
the cylinder rotation. HD came alive but this time without SMART
warning error. Looks like SMART warning appeares as primary HD ....

There are many SMART warnings possible, which one is it? What utility
are you using to read the SMART error? If you don't have one, then try
these ones:

Hard Disk Sentinel: Simply the best utility for disk monitoring on the
market, the free version is good enough, but you may eventually find you
want the registered version if you find it useful enough.

http://www.hdsentinel.com/

Crystal Disk Info: the best completely free utility. Very simple
interface, no bells and whistles, but very compact, and if you can read
and interpret your own SMART readings, it's all you ever need.

http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html

Yousuf Khan
 
R

Red Cloud

There are many SMART warnings possible, which one is it? What utility
are you using to read the SMART error? If you don't have one, then try
these ones:

Hard Disk Sentinel: Simply the best utility for disk monitoring on the
market, the free version is good enough, but you may eventually find you
want the registered version if you find it useful enough.

http://www.hdsentinel.com/

Crystal Disk Info: the best completely free utility. Very simple
interface, no bells and whistles, but very compact, and if you can read
and interpret your own SMART readings, it's all you ever need.

http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html

        Yousuf Khan



Physical error other than sector error can't be detect by SMART.
Sector error could be caused by bad connection between cylinder and
chassis. My SMART error could be caused by that, and now the HD has
no SMART error warning so far and everything is fine...
 
Y

Yousuf Khan

Physical error other than sector error can't be detect by SMART.
Sector error could be caused by bad connection between cylinder and
chassis. My SMART error could be caused by that, and now the HD has
no SMART error warning so far and everything is fine...

You'd be surprised by all the kinds of physical errors that SMART can
detect. It'll detect spin-up errors, just off the top of my head. It'll
detect electronic interface errors too, which nothing else can detect.


Yousuf Khan
 
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Red Cloud

You'd be surprised by all the kinds of physical errors that SMART can
detect. It'll detect spin-up errors, just off the top of my head. It'll
detect electronic interface errors too, which nothing else can detect.

        Yousuf Khan


SMART error means time to throw way and go buy another hard drive...
I mean SMART issues big warning like screaming at me "Hey your HD will
be failed and go buy another one and backup your data!"
 
F

Flasherly

SMART error means time to throw way and go buy another hard drive...
I mean SMART issues big warning like screaming at me "Hey your HD will
be failed and go buy another one and backup your data!"

That's your inner-self interpreting a perceived threat generated upon
anomalistic conditioning, whose severity is the key exegesis of
axiomatic reinforcement characteristics broadly defined under the
First Compulsory Rules of Computing - No. 1 being always back it up.
What this is simply telling us, is that you really should get in touch
with yourself more often.
 
Y

Yousuf Khan

SMART error means time to throw way and go buy another hard drive...
I mean SMART issues big warning like screaming at me "Hey your HD will
be failed and go buy another one and backup your data!"

No, not always, some errors are less severe than others. For example,
getting a spin-retry error could be something you may be able to ignore
for a little while before taking corrective action.

Get HD Sentinel, it has a very nifty rating system to measure a drive's
health, by scoring the SMART errors, from 0 to 100%. Takes the guess
work out of how bad your drive is. It'll even estimate the number of
days of life left in a drive experiencing errors. And the rating is
entirely based on SMART parameters passed to the program from the drives
themselves.

Yousuf Khan
 
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R

Red Cloud

No, not always, some errors are less severe than others. For example,
getting a spin-retry error could be something you may be able to ignore
for a little while before taking corrective action.

Get HD Sentinel, it has a very nifty rating system to measure a drive's
health, by scoring the SMART errors, from 0 to 100%. Takes the guess
work out of how bad your drive is. It'll even estimate the number of
days of life left in a drive experiencing errors.  And the rating is
entirely based on SMART parameters passed to the program from the drives
themselves.

        Yousuf Khan


That's funny program :)
 

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