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Windows 7: Hard Drive Failure? WD Black

16 Jul 2013   #1
stuckstuck

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Hard Drive Failure? WD Black

I guess I'm just REALLY unlucky to be in such an unexpected predicament.
But I seem to be having a problem with my primary hard drive that is about to fail, I think.
I'm no computer expert or anything but I know my stuff.
Hence why I'm on this forum full of you wizards out there with the magic touch, or advice.
Every since receiving a constant reminder of my hard drive failing soon backup now before the world ends ahhhh!.. I wanted to know if I could do anything to fix the problem.

Here's a shot of my HD Status. Any ideas?

Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks.




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16 Jul 2013   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

First of all immediately make a backup image of your HDD. Imaging with free Macrium

Try running the WD Data Life guard to see if the failed sectors can be fixed.


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Plan on replacing the drive anyway, this may only buy some time and save your data.
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16 Jul 2013   #3
stuckstuck

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
First of all immediately make a backup image of your HDD. Imaging with free Macrium

Try running the WD Data Life guard to see if the failed sectors can be fixed.


Hard drive(s)test(s):
Pick one for your HDD brand or use Seatools.
7 Free Hard Drive Testing Software Tools

Plan on replacing the drive anyway, this may only buy some time and save your data.
I really, REALLY didn't want to hear that at all aha. But at least you were honest? xD
So I take it this is a problem that is inevitably unsolvable then?
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16 Jul 2013   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Unfortunately, yes it is.
The drive will likely fail at some point, and when you least expect it at the most inconvenient time.
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16 Jul 2013   #5
stuckstuck

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Unfortunately, yes it is.
The drive will likely fail at some point, and when you least expect it at the most inconvenient time.
*Sigh* Thanks for the heads up I guess. Dammit! I never would've imagined my WD Black to fail so soon and without me kicking my computer over a cliff or anything! It's supposed to be very reliable! I've only had it for like a month. xD
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16 Jul 2013   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Try this too, download this: CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World and open the program and follow the steps in this snip.

Hard Drive Failure? WD Black-crystaldiskinfo.jpg

Then run HD Tune again and see if it has improved.


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16 Jul 2013   #7
stuckstuck

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Try this too, download this: CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World and open the program and follow the steps in this snip.

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Then run HD Tune again and see if it has improved.
What would moving the sliders to 0 actually do?
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16 Jul 2013   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I'm not certain, but I believe it will mark the bad sectors as bad so they are ignored by the OS and drive controller.

Perhaps you should set the values to "1".
http://crystalmark.info/software/Cry...usSetting.html
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16 Jul 2013   #9
stuckstuck

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I'm not certain, but I believe it will mark the bad sectors as bad so they are ignored by the OS and drive controller.
Why would ignoring the problem solve the problem? haha, I think I'm going to just backup and replace the HD.
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16 Jul 2013   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

If those sectors "don't exist" no data will be written to them causing corruptions.

Here's another step to try too. I've been told to get rid of the bad sectors you'd need to run the WD diagnostics, run Disk Check and reformat the drive. You can, and should, still make an image and save to your external drive.
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