Is my hard drive dying?

I have a WD Caviar Black drive that's about 18 months old. Until a few months ago all was well, but then I started having occasional file errors, especially in one folder, and Windows 7's green loading bar would take forever. This morning, for whatever reason, the problem got much much worse so I investigated further. I have run the WD LifeGuard Diagnostics. The drive fails on the quick test. The extended test got stuck on one sector for 4 hours so I had no choice but to cancel.

HD Tune shows 483 unstable sectors (it actually increased by 1 from 482 during the few hours I had it open), and has an Ultra DMA CRC Error Count warning.

The HD Tune Error Scan picked up 5 errors (before freezing at 99%), which correlate to the one major spike down in the HD Tune benchmark.

The drive itself actually seems to be performing OK right now. so is there more I should do to try and repair it, or quickly get my files off and RMA?

Screenshots are below,

Thanks for the help




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  1. Yep, it's failing. Back up your data and prepare to buy a new drive
  2. Do you think it's worth trying Chkdsk on it?
  3. If you want. Normally something like this cascades. It just keeps getting worse and worse until the pc no longer boots. Your choice.
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