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hard drive – When to stop using a HDD? What rules/software apply?

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/05/23

Recently, I had a hard-drive fail: no SMART error, the vendor tools didn’t return an error, but HDtune did.

I couldn’t boot from the drive any more, and the partitions were only half visible, so I had a clear indication it should be replaced.

Since the vendor tools couldn’t indicate a problem, I returned it using a generic code, and hoped for a replacement under warranty (based on the HDtune results), and I was glad to receive a free replacement.

Obvious indicators of course are audible noises like clicking, stiction, repeated seeks, etc.
But those audible noises are harder to listen to as drive heads get smaller and the total noise level less loud.

So I collected a few links that help you determine when you should not use a HDD any more:


3 Responses to “hard drive – When to stop using a HDD? What rules/software apply?”

  1. IL said

    No matter what your drive vendor is SeaTools for Windows is a good choice to go first. Unfortunately, in case of other than seagate drive vendor it can only say the drive passed or failed the test and no diagnostic codes returned. There are two kind of test Universal (for all drives) and DST (Drive self test). Have you tried?

    • jpluimers said

      It was in fact a Seagate drive. SeaTools did detect the drive, but never finished the check (I had it run for over a week). I got the warranty replacement within a week of submitting the drive to SeaGate (who in fact are 10 minutes away by car ).

      • IL said

        So closeness to mfg is very useful sometimes :) Of course drive with clanking sounds shouldn’t be tested thoroughly. Greate to hear that they RMA’ed your drive immediately.

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