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October 10, 2013 1:57:06 PM

Hello,
I have a hitachi hts54 hard drive. I have been getting the message that hard drive may fail soon. I have removed the hard drive which is a data and connected it to my other computer with a sata usb connector. The first thing I noticed is the copy speed. Usually I am able to copy at about 30mb/sec with external hard drives. With the hitachi hard drive the copy speed was a meager 4.5mb/sec.
Is there something that i can do to repair the hard drive.
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a b G Storage
October 10, 2013 2:01:23 PM

You didn't say what size it was 500gb or what ever and how much free space you had left. If it is getting close to full, it is going to slow down, or as the message you got says, it is failing. With that message in mind, I would back up what you have on it while you still can, as I would take that message to heart.
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October 10, 2013 2:04:14 PM

Its Hitachi HTS543225A7A384 : 250GB. I have formatted it. But I am thinking of maybe using it for my linux distros but it seems too slow. Is this a chronic problem ?
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October 10, 2013 2:14:13 PM

well if your HDD is old it dies, they all do at a given moment and internal damage can't really be repaired so first thing -> back up your data!

Personally i would get an ssd to replace it because of three reasons (assuming this is a laptop because google said that with the serial number);
A) it will make your laptop much faster! (personal experience; my laptop was reborn after i put in a samsung 840 EVO)
B) you don't need a lot of space anyway because your old drive was only 250GB
C) this old drive seems internally broken/slowed because it didn't get faster after formatting so it probably won't last long
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a b G Storage
October 10, 2013 2:15:47 PM

Okay, you said you formatted it, so there wouldn't be anything on it. If thye message says it was failing, then it probably is and the reason it is slow. I don't know how important those Distros are to you, but at this point, I would be very reluctant to put anything on there that I had no problem losing down the road.
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October 10, 2013 2:20:35 PM

I actually bought a netbook that came with the hard drive at the end of 2011. I thought there can be a way to salvage it. This is the first time I have ever had a hard drive failing !
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a b G Storage
October 10, 2013 2:21:01 PM

Maarten1141 said:
well if your HDD is old it dies, they all do at a given moment and internal damage can't really be repaired so first thing -> back up your data!

Personally i would get an ssd to replace it because of three reasons (assuming this is a laptop because google said that with the serial number);
A) it will make your laptop much faster! (personal experience; my laptop was reborn after i put in a samsung 840 EVO)
B) you don't need a lot of space anyway because your old drive was only 250GB
C) this old drive seems internally broken/slowed because it didn't get faster after formatting so it probably won't last long


The SSD is a good idea and I bet your Lappy was reborn after you installed one. :D  I am thinking about putting one in my PS3,
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October 10, 2013 2:25:03 PM

medwatt said:
I actually bought a netbook that came with the hard drive at the end of 2011. I thought there can be a way to salvage it. This is the first time I have ever had a hard drive failing !


They do. Some faster than others. Once those mechanical spinners start to fail about all you can do is back it up while you still can and get another one.
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October 10, 2013 2:27:34 PM

coastie65 said:
Maarten1141 said:
well if your HDD is old it dies, they all do at a given moment and internal damage can't really be repaired so first thing -> back up your data!

Personally i would get an ssd to replace it because of three reasons (assuming this is a laptop because google said that with the serial number);
A) it will make your laptop much faster! (personal experience; my laptop was reborn after i put in a samsung 840 EVO)
B) you don't need a lot of space anyway because your old drive was only 250GB
C) this old drive seems internally broken/slowed because it didn't get faster after formatting so it probably won't last long


The SSD is a good idea and I bet your Lappy was reborn after you installed one. :D  I am thinking about putting one in my PS3,


yea they are awesome!
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October 10, 2013 2:28:44 PM

medwatt said:
I actually bought a netbook that came with the hard drive at the end of 2011. I thought there can be a way to salvage it. This is the first time I have ever had a hard drive failing !


It sucks but as coastie says you won't be able to repair it, better off backing up and buying a new one (SSD!) ;) 
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a b G Storage
October 10, 2013 2:40:22 PM

Maarten1141 said:
medwatt said:
I actually bought a netbook that came with the hard drive at the end of 2011. I thought there can be a way to salvage it. This is the first time I have ever had a hard drive failing !


It sucks but as coastie says you won't be able to repair it, better off backing up and buying a new one (SSD!) ;) 


I have the Samsung 830 256Gb SSD in here ( I was an early adopter ) and they are somethingg else for sure. Thinking about getting the Samsung 1TB EVO for the is thing.
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October 10, 2013 2:52:04 PM

coastie65 said:
Maarten1141 said:
medwatt said:
I actually bought a netbook that came with the hard drive at the end of 2011. I thought there can be a way to salvage it. This is the first time I have ever had a hard drive failing !


It sucks but as coastie says you won't be able to repair it, better off backing up and buying a new one (SSD!) ;) 


I have the Samsung 830 256Gb SSD in here ( I was an early adopter ) and they are somethingg else for sure. Thinking about getting the Samsung 1TB EVO for the is thing.


I must say the EVO is much faster than the basic for a small price difference... but 1TB is quite the investment :o  great if you can afford it :) 

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a b G Storage
October 10, 2013 3:05:14 PM

The cycles on those things is dimished though. About 5000 I think.
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October 10, 2013 3:14:00 PM

coastie65 said:
The cycles on those things is dimished though. About 5000 I think.


I thought much higher actually but didnt look into it that much ... at least they last longer than normal hdds in a realistic environment and thats what counts :) 
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