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Is my hard disk really going to fail?

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July 13, 2009 7:00:57 PM

I installed a programe called DiskCheckup and though I would have a look today. When I looked at one of my hard disks, it seems to give a date that the drive will fail by. should I worry about it and is it even accurate?

Here is the drive info but a lot of it is beyond me.

Device ID: 0
Device Capacity: 381551 MB
Serial Number: 5N*******
Model Number: ST3400633A

SMART ATTRIBUTES:
ID Description Raw Value Status Value Worst Threshold TEC
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1 Raw Read Error Rate 50908414 OK 113 88 6 16 Oct 2010 02:27:38
3 Spin Up Time 0ms OK 85 84 0 N.A.
4 Start/Stop Count 863 OK 100 100 20 N.A.
5 Reallocated Sector Count 0 OK 100 100 36 N.A.
7 Seek Error Rate 352506828 OK 85 60 30 N.A.
9 Power On Time 7658 OK 92 92 0 N.A.
A Spin Retry Count 0 OK 100 100 97 N.A.
C Power Cycle Count 898 OK 100 100 20 N.A.
BB (Unknown attribute) 0 OK 100 100 0 N.A.
BD (Unknown attribute) 0 OK 100 100 0 N.A.
BE Temperature Difference from 100 521535518 OK 70 53 45 N.A.
C2 Temperature 30 C OK 30 47 0 N.A.
C3 Hardware ECC Recovered 688086 OK 89 53 0 N.A.
C5 Current Pending Sector Count 0 OK 100 100 0 N.A.
C6 Uncorrectable Sector Count 0 OK 100 100 0 N.A.
C7 UltraDMA CRC Error Count 0 OK 200 200 0 N.A.
C8 Write Error Count 0 OK 100 253 0 N.A.
CA Direct Address Mark Error Rate 0 OK 100 253 0 N.A.

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a b G Storage
July 14, 2009 3:20:31 AM

So long as you back up your important data regularly, I don't see any reason for you to be worried.
July 14, 2009 4:27:55 AM

Basically, it's just saying that based on how old it is and it's behavior it is likely to fail at a certain date. That doesn't mean it will. It could fail well before that, or last for long after that date has passed. As with any system make sure to backup anything important regularly, or at least every now and then, and you'll be fine.
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a b G Storage
July 14, 2009 2:29:04 PM

Drives are estimated to last so many hours and all that app is doing is calculating the averages to give you an approximate failure time, as long as the drive works and you back up important data as mentioned, then fugitabowdit!

megamanx00 said:
Basically, it's just saying that based on how old it is and it's behavior it is likely to fail at a certain date. That doesn't mean it will. It could fail well before that, or last for long after that date has passed.


True that! I've had brand new out of the box retail drives die after 2 weeks as well as a 13GB drive last over 9 years. Currently using 2-80GB drives in RAID0 for over 3 years without any issues.

July 14, 2009 4:26:40 PM

Thanks for the replies. Well as that drive is an IDE and it could fail, went out today and bought a 1TB SATA II HD. It was OEM and a Hitachi branded drive. I Just hope Hitachi is a good make.
July 14, 2009 5:35:53 PM

All is well as long as your M/B is sporting SATA headers?
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