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Has my HDD taken physical damage?

About 2 months ago i bought the TOSHIBA DT01ACA050 500GB HDD as a secondary hard drive for gaming storage, and up until yesterday it worked just fine playing games from diablo 3 to skyrim with decent loading times between gameplay.

While i was at school i guess my tower was knocked over. not falling any distance mind you, just simply falling to its side.

But as soon as i began playing games from the hdd again, i get tons of freezing, especially during save loading, and also for example when the skyrim loads another area of the map as you travel.

i run the disk checker on it and said it found errors and fixed them, i completely wiped the drive and reinstalled the game and i still get errors and freezing.

my guess is that the writing mechanism or the disc itself is damaged, which is causing it to write corrupted data as i play? correct me if im wrong!! :??:
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  1. check the smart report
  2. eselar said:
    About 2 months ago i bought the TOSHIBA DT01ACA050 500GB HDD as a secondary hard drive for gaming storage, and up until yesterday it worked just fine playing games from diablo 3 to skyrim with decent loading times between gameplay.

    While i was at school i guess my tower was knocked over. not falling any distance mind you, just simply falling to its side.

    But as soon as i began playing games from the hdd again, i get tons of freezing, especially during save loading, and also for example when the skyrim loads another area of the map as you travel.

    i run the disk checker on it and said it found errors and fixed them, i completely wiped the drive and reinstalled the game and i still get errors and freezing.

    my guess is that the writing mechanism or the disc itself is damaged, which is causing it to write corrupted data as i play? correct me if im wrong!! :??:


    Hard Drives are very shock resistant but if they sustain shock while operating then they can become damaged quite easily.
  3. *** DiskCheckup V3.1 Build: 1005 Report ***

    SysInfo DLL Version: SysInfo v1.0 Build: 1028
    Time of export: 20:30:09 16-Sep-2012

    Device information:
    Device ID: 1
    Interface: ATA
    Device Capacity: 476937 MB
    Serial Number: MSK4235H34MG2H
    Model Number: Hitachi HDS721050DLE630

    SMART ATTRIBUTES:
    ID Description Status Value Worst Threshold Raw Value TEC
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    1 Raw Read Error Rate OK 100 100 16 0 N.A.
    2 Throughput Performance OK 137 137 54 88 N.A.
    3 Spin Up Time OK 113 113 24 17193107659 N.A.
    4 Start/Stop Count OK 100 100 0 229 N.A.
    5 Reallocated Sector Count OK 100 100 5 0 N.A.
    7 Seek Error Rate OK 100 100 67 0 N.A.
    8 Seek Time Performance OK 113 113 20 35 N.A.
    9 Power On Time OK 100 100 0 235 N.A.
    10 Spin Retry Count OK 100 100 60 0 N.A.
    12 Power Cycle Count OK 100 100 0 144 N.A.
    192 Power off Retract Count OK 100 100 0 229 N.A.
    193 Load Cycle Count OK 100 100 0 229 N.A.
    194 Temperature OK 214 214 0 28 C N.A.
    196 Reallocation Event Count OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
    197 Current Pending Sector Count OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
    198 Uncorrectable Sector Count OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
    199 UltraDMA CRC Error Count OK 196 196 0 8533 N.A.
  4. Aside from the CRC errors there's nothing there to be too worried about. CRC errors happen a lot, that's why it exists.
  5. Best answer
    "About 2 months ago i bought the TOSHIBA DT01ACA050 500GB HDD as a secondary hard drive ..."

    "Device Capacity: 476937 MB
    Model Number: Hitachi HDS721050DLE630
    199 UltraDMA CRC Error Count OK 196 196 0 8533"

    The SMART report is for your Hitachi 500GB drive, not your Toshiba. Its SMART report looks OK except for the high number of UDMA CRC Errors. Check your SATA data cable.
  6. I meant Hitachi sorry,
    when i get home later today im going to switch SATA cables and run the test once again
  7. Which southbridge does your motherboard use? There was one Intel southbridge that had a hardware bug which manifested itself as an excessive number of CRC errors.
  8. thanks for all your help, i played with sata cables and now its back to speed with absolutely no crashing.
    turns out my sata connection to the mobo came loose =)
  9. Best answer selected by eselar.
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