Yes i know, my choice of title isn't that great. When i say 'contain' i meant mark them as bad, hide them somewhere and to make sure it'll not be used again (if it made sense). This is going to be a long read. Please do take some time to read them all. Grab a couple beers/coffee, sit back and put on your reading glasses.
I have 2 HDD. 1 x 500GB and 1 x 1TB. The 500GB (C:, E:, F
is my primary HDD (OS) and the 1TB (D
is my secondary drive used as a storage. For this 'issue/discussion', we're leaving out the 500GB as there's nothing wrong with it (as far as i know). Instead, i think
there are issues with my 1TB.
About a week back, i heard some 'robotic/clicking' sound coming from my CPU. It lasted for maybe 2/3 seconds and happened in 3 instances within the same day. I didn't think much of it and continue with whatever i was doing. The day after that incident (if i may call that), a few video files on my 1TB drive wouldn't playing smoothly. It's creating random issues such as - certain files would take ~5-10 seconds to open, a couple would play fine but at some point, it'll stop and 'jerk' (the 'hdd/activity light' on my CPU front panel would be blaring strong instead of the usual 'blink' as soon as the video 'jerks'), some files (particularly those with issues mentioned above) would not copy/paste to my other drive, etc.
This HDD is only 3 month old though (as i made a post here
after purchasing it.) It's just crazy as I've never had problems with a HDD this soon. It would normally be at least a year till something annoying starts to happen. I pretty much did nothing different on this HDD as I've done on all my other secondary HDDs' in the past.
Here's what I've done so far (all done back-2-back and in correct order as posted below):
- Defrag my 1TB drive with O&O Defrag 14.
- Re-format and did a clean install of Windows.
- Did a 'quick test' with Hitachi Drive Fitness Test and it didn't report any issues. (did not run the complete test as it took forever and i didn't want to risk over-working/heating my drive).
- Ran HDD Regenerator 2011 and left it on for 3.5 hours before terminating the process as it was showing me that it'll finish in 8+ hours (too slow). Those 3.5 hour test didn't come back with anything bad.
- Ran chkdsk D: /f /r - (View event viewer log here).
- Changed my SATA cable to a brand new one.
- Installed HD Tune Pro 4.60. I did a Quick Scan under 'Error Scan' tab and it came back with 4 red (damaged) blocks. I then did the same scan but instead of 'Quick Scan', i did the full one. That came back clean (all green blocks). I then did another Quick Scan again to verify and this time, it came back clean (all green blocks).
Confused already? Well, i sure am. All these were done 5 days ago (the 10th).
Anyway, I've added an attachment of the S.M.A.R.T. log as seen in HD Tune Pro.
I would really appreciate if you do not post comments such as "Backup your files. Your HDD is dying". I've already backed up the few important files but not the rest as I'm running out of space on my other drive. I'm pretty much broke right now and can't afford to spend on another HDD (single father, a 6 year old, low-paying job, etc). I'm aware that my HDD is dying (a tragic death at such a young age) but I'd like to push this bad boy for all it's worth and once it's really dead, I'll send it over for replacement/service (3 month old HDD | 3 year warranty).
Your tips, suggestions, help, etc would be very much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read my issue. Looking forward to read your response.