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Old 10-26-2006, 11:09 AM   #1
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Should I replace my harddisk?


This harddisk I put into my newly built PC is very noisy when doing just about anything that requires access to harddrive and keeps a weird but audible clicking noise when doing so. It's also very slow when doing so, even though my other hardware doesn't have bottlenecks to hinder usual action.
It's a new Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 250gb SATA2 with 8m cache. I ran HD Tune in Windows side to get benchmarks and health report, and the numbers for Seek Error Rate are distrubing if I understood correctly:

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HD Tune: ST3250824NS Health

ID                              Current  Worst    ThresholdData       Status   
(01) Raw Read Error Rate        114      81       6        75497917   Ok       
(03) Spin Up Time               90       90       0        0          Ok       
(04) Start/Stop Count           100      100      20       16         Ok       
(05) Reallocated Sector Count   100      100      36       0          Ok       
(07) Seek Error Rate            37       35       30       3761529    Ok       
(09) Power On Hours Count       100      100      0        60         Ok       
(0A) Spin Retry Count           100      100      97       0          Ok       
(0C) Power Cycle Count          100      100      20       21         Ok       
(BB) (unknown attribute)        100      100      0        0          Ok       
(BD) (unknown attribute)        100      100      0        0          Ok       
(BE) (unknown attribute)        61       55       45       656474151  Ok       
(C2) Temperature                39       45       0        39         Ok       
(C3) Hardware ECC Recovered     60       53       0        116328597  Ok       
(C5) Current Pending Sector     100      100      0        0          Ok       
(C6) Offline Uncorrectable      100      100      0        0          Ok       
(C7) Ultra DMA CRC Error Count  200      200      0        0          Ok       
(C8) Write Error Rate           100      253      0        0          Ok       
(CA) (unknown attribute)        100      253      0        0          Ok       

Power On Time         : 60
Health Status         : Ok
That's the current status. What does "hardware ECC recovered mean"? It has a lot of data in it at least, and slow numbaers. Benchmark gave results for transfer rate of average 56mbit/s which is ok, but featured two sharp drops.

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Old 10-26-2006, 11:17 AM   #2
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Yeah... that doesn't look good at all. The two sharp drops leads me to believe that there is damage somewhere on the drive that it was trying to access, failed a bunch of times, but did eventually get it. The clicking is also a tell-tale sign of a bad drive.

You state that the drive was put into a newly built machine.... is the drive itself brand new as well? If not, I would say that this drive's days are numbered, and it is time to look for a new one.
 
Old 10-26-2006, 11:24 AM   #3
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Yeah... that doesn't look good at all. The two sharp drops leads me to believe that there is damage somewhere on the drive that it was trying to access, failed a bunch of times, but did eventually get it. The clicking is also a tell-tale sign of a bad drive.

You state that the drive was put into a newly built machine.... is the drive itself brand new as well? If not, I would say that this drive's days are numbered, and it is time to look for a new one.
Whole machine is newly home brewed , I just hate OEM support policies.
But thanks for advice, luckily I hadn't time to move any important data there or make terrific optimizations to system. Well, with current skills those "terrific optimizations" would have been minor tweaks anyway.
 
Old 10-26-2006, 12:36 PM   #4
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Clicking from a hard drive is an indication of imminent failure. Try a different one.
 
Old 10-26-2006, 09:59 PM   #5
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to me too it sounds like a harddrive on its way out, you said you bought it new, then it should still be under warranty. i would not do anything to this machine until you have a new drive installed.
 
Old 10-27-2006, 02:57 AM   #6
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Clicking noise typically indicate failing drive. Try to enable SMART in BIOS if your mainboard supports it. If drive is broken, it should give a message at boot time.
 
Old 10-27-2006, 02:59 AM   #7
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BTW: I had a brand new drive failing on me after about 45 minutes of use. It failed just after I finished installing Mandriva and rebooted. Clicking noise, but it wasn't loud.
 
Old 10-27-2006, 01:38 PM   #8
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That's nothing. I am working on the RMA for a drive (320gb SATA) for the second time now because the replacement one I got was DoA... and that replacement drive was to replace another drive that I ordered that was, you guessed it... DoA.
 
  


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