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Failing hard drive

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August 14, 2009 6:20:22 PM

I recently replaced my old HDD (Seagate 80GB 7200 RPM IDE)with new one Seagate 500GB 7200 RPM SATA (ST3500418AS)
I use the speed fan S.M.A.R.T. to check my HDD status it shows fitness & performance of my HDD above 92-93%

but now for past 4 days its fitness keep reducing and now it's at 29%
though the hdd is working fine
and there is no noticeable difference in the performance
(this problem first showed up after power-out)
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AVviGJadSNBfZGhmcnBxY...



but the seatool test results says my hdd is fine

the power supply have no sata power connector
the hard drive is connected with a "molex to sata power" connector(it's safe to use this in long term???)

why this data is changing so rapidly???
is my hdd is failing???

hd tune health status:
http://www.zshare.net/image/641222559de37755/

please help!!
should i replace my hdd???

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a b G Storage
August 17, 2009 3:47:07 AM

The first thing you should do is back up all your important data. How long does your replacement warranty last? I'd suggest RMAing it for a new unit.
August 17, 2009 5:25:38 AM

r_manic said:
The first thing you should do is back up all your important data. How long does your replacement warranty last? I'd suggest RMAing it for a new unit.


Warranty
Expiration 18-Jun-2014
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a b G Storage
August 17, 2009 3:36:21 PM

S.M.A.R.T. tests sometimes go overboard.
Your drive is not in the database.
If 2 other tests say the HDD is okay, ignore the S.M.A.R.T. results.
Sorry can't see your image here at work.
Molex to SATA converter is fine.
a b G Storage
August 17, 2009 3:40:06 PM

Sometimes even manufacturer diagnostics are incorrect and reinstalling the operating system cures the malady.
August 17, 2009 5:16:44 PM

health status
HD Tune Pro: ST3500418AS Health

ID Current Worst ThresholdData Status
(01) Raw Read Error Rate 111 99 6 41280399 Ok
(03) Spin Up Time 97 97 0 0 Ok
(04) Start/Stop Count 100 100 20 164 Ok
(05) Reallocated Sector Count 92 92 36 357 Ok
(07) Seek Error Rate 70 60 30 11540207 Ok
(09) Power On Hours Count 100 100 0 655 Ok
(0A) Spin Retry Count 100 100 97 0 Ok
(0C) Power Cycle Count 100 100 20 79 Ok
(B7) (unknown attribute) 100 100 0 0 Ok
(B8) (unknown attribute) 100 100 99 0 Ok
(BB) (unknown attribute) 100 100 0 0 Ok
(BC) (unknown attribute) 100 99 0 1 Ok
(BD) (unknown attribute) 100 100 0 0 Ok
(BE) Airflow Temperature 65 60 45 605749283 Ok
(C2) Temperature 35 40 0 35 Ok
(C3) Hardware ECC Recovered 31 28 0 41280399 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
(F0) Head Flying Hours 100 253 0 870 Ok
(F1) (unknown attribute) 100 253 0 -2098992289 Ok
(F2) (unknown attribute) 100 253 0 730189018 Ok

Power On Time : 655
Health Status : Ok
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