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Is my hard drive dying?

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April 9, 2012 12:36:20 AM

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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April 9, 2012 12:53:49 AM

Yep, it's failing. Back up your data and prepare to buy a new drive
April 9, 2012 1:17:20 AM

Do you think it's worth trying Chkdsk on it?
April 9, 2012 1:23:42 AM

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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