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Urgent Help Needed! Seagate Baracuda 1TB Failing - Again, whats going on?

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July 17, 2014 4:35:29 AM

Hey guys, I am literally at my wits end here :( 

I made a new build with the following specs:

Asrock Xtreme6 Z77
i7-2600k
Xigmatek Tauro 600W
G.Skill RipjawsX 8GB (4x2)
GTX 580
Soundblaster XtremeMusic

And just a month in, the HDD failed on me. I RMAed the HDD and got a brand new one. Problem solved right? Nope.

Barely a month after, stuff started going screwey, i noticed the signs and ran HD Tune's benchmark and am getting 6.9 mbps right (usual was 100+). All SMART Events are 100% Perfect. and there is no bad sector. However I KNOW that if i shut down my PC right now, it wont boot up again :(  because this is exactly what happened last time.


I Downloaded Sea Tools. The HDD passed every test except the DST which failed. The DST failure might be the result of the hdd acting wonky and slow. I need help. Since everything else is a ok can i save the HDD somehow?

AND WHAT THE HECK is killing my HDDs? :( 

The 12v rail is giving 12.12 so thats within acceptable range. Its most likely the PSU right? or is it my mobo?
July 17, 2014 4:51:32 AM

A toughy... not a nice situation to be in...

How old are the PSU and other parts?

You have all critical data backed up?

A time saver may be to clone your drive so if the current one does die, you can switch in the alternative, save having to rebuild everything...

I presume you have antivirus /antimalware etc all up-to-date and scans done...?

Any overclocking? What are your temps?

A final thought... have you tried swapping the SATA cable connecting your HD for a new one? They can be had for next-to-nothing...
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July 17, 2014 5:11:50 AM

If it's failing the DST, then try running the Seatools for DOS and boot from it. Seatools for DOS has the ability to fix bad sectors. However if it has bad sectors, I would consider RMA'ing the drive to Seagate. If it's failing according to Seatools, that would fall within their RMA criteria.
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July 17, 2014 5:28:40 AM

Have you run MEMTEST for overnight? Bad RAM can write bad data to a hard disk ...
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July 17, 2014 5:40:36 AM

kanewolf said:
Have you run MEMTEST for overnight? Bad RAM can write bad data to a hard disk ...


Bad data won't cause a drive to fail it's Diagnostic Self Test. What you are referring to would cause corrupt files and if those were system files, it could cause his system not to boot, or crash his system once they were accessed.
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July 17, 2014 6:32:07 AM

snowctrl said:
A toughy... not a nice situation to be in...

How old are the PSU and other parts?

You have all critical data backed up?

A time saver may be to clone your drive so if the current one does die, you can switch in the alternative, save having to rebuild everything...

I presume you have antivirus /antimalware etc all up-to-date and scans done...?

Any overclocking? What are your temps?

A final thought... have you tried swapping the SATA cable connecting your HD for a new one? They can be had for next-to-nothing...

>less than a year old.
>yeah
>dont want to clone incase the shitting windows gets copied too
>Yeah all done
>no OC, temps very cool.
> to do that i need to turn hdd off :(  dont wanna do that just yet.

techgeek said:
If it's failing the DST, then try running the Seatools for DOS and boot from it. Seatools for DOS has the ability to fix bad sectors. However if it has bad sectors, I would consider RMA'ing the drive to Seagate. If it's failing according to Seatools, that would fall within their RMA criteria.


RMA-ing is not the problem. I cant RMA again and again. Something is killing my HDDs and i want to find out what it is. And the problem is, the hdd seems fine. EXCEPT the fact its failing :( 

In SeaTools the drive passes ALL tests (Short Generic, Long Generic etc) EXCEPT ShortDST. And that seems very odd to me. Why would it pass the comprehensive tests but fail the basic test? And to top it all off, write speed is now 6mbps....

SMART is fine too:
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July 17, 2014 6:40:17 AM

What model/make is your HD, and what are you using it for?
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July 17, 2014 7:18:40 AM

snowctrl said:
What model/make is your HD, and what are you using it for?

Seagate Baracuda 1TB ST1000DM003. I think i have managed to save my HDD. Its passing all tests now, including Short DST. Here is what i did:

>ran seatools fix all
>ran chkdsk
>changed sata port
>changed sata cable

Now i need to find out what is the problem. Can my PSU be to blame? or my Mobo? if i am going to RMA either one i need to be sure.
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