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Windows 7: Do I need to buy a new hard drive? S.M.A.R.T show some disturbing info

15 Nov 2014   #1
Max Pen

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Do I need to buy a new hard drive? S.M.A.R.T show some disturbing info

I know little about SMart data only that it doesn't always tell in time your drive is failing but that when it does mention something is wrong it should be taken serious right?

So you be the judge.

I used two different smart readers to be sure that the info shown is correct.

So is my windows drive in good health or not?




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15 Nov 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Because both programs report good I wouldn't worry about them if they were my drives.
You could test them with the manufactures test program.
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15 Nov 2014   #3
Max Pen

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

What program is that if I may inquire?
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15 Nov 2014   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I Googled and look what I found.

SeaTools for DOS | Seagate
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15 Nov 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Max Pen View Post

So is my windows drive in good health or not?
Who knows?

Who could possibly know?

People drop dead every day, and many of them were in "good health", according to their doctor during their last physical exam.

SMART is unnecessarily cryptic, which makes it less useful than it might be. Who knows what 188799072 means? It tells a layman nothing.

I'd agree with Layback Bear. Don't place a lot of reliance on it, keep backups, and assume the drive could either fail in the next 30 seconds or last for 15 years. You just take your chances.

I'd look at it a few times a year to see if it shows "all green". I'd probably keep an eye on the "reallocated sectors" count. If that started moving up from 0, I'd probably start shopping, but even if that stays at zero you can't be sure of anything.
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15 Nov 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would run at least a chkdsk.
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15 Nov 2014   #7
tinmar49

w7 ult 64 and w7 hp 64 X 2 mint 64 8.1 64 10wtp 64
 
 

Mini tool partition wizard has a surface checking facility, it takes some time but may give some peace of mind. Windows checkdisk works also, as already advised.
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17 Nov 2014   #8
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would run at least a chkdsk.
My suggestion too. Run chkdsk /r on it from an elevated (admin) command prompt. It likely will prompt to allow chkdsk to run at next boot. Follow the prompts to allow that, then reboot.

Note it can take many hours to complete, often appearing to be frozen. Just let it run (I do it overnight on large drives). Note chkdsk /r is the same as running Error Checking with all options checked from the Tools menu under the drive's Properties menu.

FTR, I think it wise to watch the SMART status, but agree if SMART reports okay, then your drive is okay - at least for now.

In ANY event - the very fact your are concerned should be a red flag for you to ensure you have current backups of any data you don't want lost!
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