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Would a dieing non boot drive cause this?

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October 13, 2009 7:25:09 AM

question: i have two hard drives. both seagates. one is new(boot drive) and the other is about 2 years old(non boot drive). if the one that is 2 years old is going out, would it cause clicking noises(can't tell which drive it's coming from) and the pauses when surfing the internet even if it wasn't the boot drive?

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a c 108 G Storage
October 13, 2009 9:37:14 AM

Try this....it checks for errors and reports SMART info and may help http://www.hdtune.com/
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October 13, 2009 10:18:49 AM

what does highlighted sections mean? one hard drive has the reallocated sector count highlighted while the other doesnt.
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October 13, 2009 11:02:16 AM

Hi,

backup all your data and run the seagate tools.

It's a bootcd that will let you run some tests on your hard drives.

You can download ultimatebootcd too.

If you got a new Seagate hard drive that is a 7200.11 (not .12), it's probably it.

Brad
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a c 108 G Storage
October 13, 2009 8:04:59 PM

dman777 said:
what does highlighted sections mean? one hard drive has the reallocated sector count highlighted while the other doesnt.


Ok as I understand it the reallocated sector count is where the HD found a bad sector and replaced it with a reserve. It does this to make sure the OS still works even with a bad sector. Now the bad news is it does mean a hardware failure on some level. Some drives can last for years like this but it sounds like you found the one thats causing noises. If the error rate goes up then for sure the drive is failing.
Seagate had some known bad drives a while ago so while I wont recommend against them ( I have one 5 years old still as a backup) I do usually buy WD now.
Back up everything on that drive.
Replace with something like WD640 Black or 1tb Black for speed or Green series for storage.
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