What is going with my HDD?

So a few days ago (Saturday) I belive I got a SMART warning saying HDD failure was imminent.
So I backed up my files and download Crystaldisk and Pantera's HDD Health.
Well Panter has my HDD's health at 95 percent (it was at 96 last time I checked :ouch: ) yet Crystal has me on caution with 4 current pending sectors. Now I just ran CHKDSK which reported that the volume was clean and now that I'm looking this is what I got.


Log Name: Application
Source: Microsoft-Windows-Wininit
Date: 5/8/2012 12:12:31 PM
Event ID: 1001
Task Category: None
Level: Information
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: Admin-PC
Description:


Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.

A disk check has been scheduled.
Windows will now check the disk.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
131072 file records processed.

File verification completed.
365 large file records processed.

0 bad file records processed.

2 EA records processed.

44 reparse records processed.

CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
162420 index entries processed.

Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files scanned.

0 unindexed files recovered.

CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
131072 file SDs/SIDs processed.

Cleaning up 13 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 13 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 13 unused security descriptors.
Security descriptor verification completed.
15675 data files processed.

CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
37522880 USN bytes processed.

Usn Journal verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x5f8bbe000 for 0x10000 bytes.
Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x5f8bcd000 for 0x1000 bytes.
Windows replaced bad clusters in file 81427
of name \$Recycle.Bin\S-1-5-~1\$RLWSCFL\DCGAME\COOKEDPC\CHARAC~1\GEARGR~1\HAIR\DLONGH~2.UPK.
131056 files processed.

File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
18141838 free clusters processed.

Free space verification is complete.
Adding 1 bad clusters to the Bad Clusters File.
CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the volume bitmap.
Windows has made corrections to the file system.

117115903 KB total disk space.
44241436 KB in 94212 files.
68744 KB in 15676 indexes.
4 KB in bad sectors.
238367 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
72567352 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
29278975 total allocation units on disk.
18141838 allocation units available on disk.

Internal Info:
00 00 02 00 4a ad 01 00 ea 2b 03 00 00 00 00 00 ....J....+......
57 02 00 00 2c 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 W...,...........
f8 8a 10 00 50 01 0f 00 20 18 0f 00 00 00 0f 00 ....P... .......

Windows has finished checking your disk.
Please wait while your computer restarts.

Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
<System>
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Wininit" Guid="{206f6dea-d3c5-4d10-bc72-989f03c8b84b}" EventSourceName="Wininit" />
<EventID Qualifiers="16384">1001</EventID>
<Version>0</Version>
<Level>4</Level>
<Task>0</Task>
<Opcode>0</Opcode>
<Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2012-05-08T16:12:31.000000000Z" />
<EventRecordID>23846</EventRecordID>
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID="0" ThreadID="0" />
<Channel>Application</Channel>
<Computer>Admin-PC</Computer>
<Security />
</System>
<EventData>
<Data>

Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.

A disk check has been scheduled.
Windows will now check the disk.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
131072 file records processed.

File verification completed.
365 large file records processed.

0 bad file records processed.

2 EA records processed.

44 reparse records processed.

CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
162420 index entries processed.

Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files scanned.

0 unindexed files recovered.

CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
131072 file SDs/SIDs processed.

Cleaning up 13 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 13 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 13 unused security descriptors.
Security descriptor verification completed.
15675 data files processed.

CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
37522880 USN bytes processed.

Usn Journal verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x5f8bbe000 for 0x10000 bytes.
Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x5f8bcd000 for 0x1000 bytes.
Windows replaced bad clusters in file 81427
of name \$Recycle.Bin\S-1-5-~1\$RLWSCFL\DCGAME\COOKEDPC\CHARAC~1\GEARGR~1\HAIR\DLONGH~2.UPK.
131056 files processed.

File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
18141838 free clusters processed.

Free space verification is complete.
Adding 1 bad clusters to the Bad Clusters File.
CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the volume bitmap.
Windows has made corrections to the file system.

117115903 KB total disk space.
44241436 KB in 94212 files.
68744 KB in 15676 indexes.
4 KB in bad sectors.
238367 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
72567352 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
29278975 total allocation units on disk.
18141838 allocation units available on disk.

Internal Info:
00 00 02 00 4a ad 01 00 ea 2b 03 00 00 00 00 00 ....J....+......
57 02 00 00 2c 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 W...,...........
f8 8a 10 00 50 01 0f 00 20 18 0f 00 00 00 0f 00 ....P... .......

Windows has finished checking your disk.
Please wait while your computer restarts.
</Data>
</EventData>
</Event>


So is my HDD going to die son or what?


I'm a bit of a Computer newbie to say things lightly. Any help would be appreciated.
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  1. If it's under warranty send it back, if it's not under warranty keep your data backed up elsewhere and expect it to fail at some point. No one can say for sure when/if its going to die completely, but the SMART information is one of the best predictions that you are going to have a problem with it.
  2. Is there a question in there somewhere? Current pending sectors means all available spare sectors are now in use and there is no where to map any new bad sectors found. The drive will continue to get worse at this point. Make a backup before the drive fails.
  3. In all my years of support I can tell you that when a machine is telling you a drive is about to fail, it is going to fail. It may not be today, tomorrow or next week. But it will fail pretty soon.

    The performance of the drive is probably also deteriorating so your system will start to work more slowly as it tries to deal with bad sectors that it can't remap.

    Best thing to do, is get a new drive and move over your data while you can do it without it being a major project.
  4. Oh I know all that. The question I'm more interested in , Is why am I getting so many contradicting reports? I mean I haven't noticed any slowdown or strange noises from HDD.

    There's also something else I've noticed with Crystaldisk , My drive only seems to lose sectors when booting up. It seems to be fine during operation.


    I get that it's failing but I'm wondering if it's Psychically degrading or Logically and at what rate though I guess no one can determine when it's going to fail.
  5. DTW said:
    Oh I know all that. The question I'm more interested in , Is why am I getting so many contradicting reports? I mean I haven't noticed any slowdown or strange noises from HDD.

    There's also something else I've noticed with Crystaldisk , My drive only seems to lose sectors when booting up. It seems to be fine during operation.


    I get that it's failing but I'm wondering if it's Psychically degrading or Logically and at what rate though I guess no one can determine when it's going to fail.



    The point is none of those are relevant questions. You have 3 answers stating the same thing, one of those coming from someone with 35k points on these boards. People aren't going to throw guesses at questions which no amount of experience can help with.
  6. When a program tells you that a drive is failing, pay attention.

    There's no point in getting hung up on software that says the drive is "OKAY" now. Drives can block off bad sectors etc and more or less repair the hard drive so things seem okay.

    Good diagnostic software can see that your hard drive is having issues, and despite abilities to compensate that it will FAIL AT SOME POINT.

    So my advice is:
    1) buy a new drive
    2) CLONE to the new drive
    3) RMA if possible
    4) if the drive is RMA's then use it for Backup, whatever, or simply CLONE your current setup and put the returned drive in an anti-static bag and store it.
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