I need help with my hard drive

My computer seems to randomly stuttre like every few seconds and sometimes the stutter can freeze up my computer for minutes, my cpu usage spikes up at least 10 percent every time...then after a few days, when I restarted my computer the american megatrends thingy said SMART status BAD, backup and replace. My HDD is over 3 years old so I was like ok....
I downloaded defragger and my disk health is error and number 5 was red, and number 197 and 198 was yellow

1 Read Error Rate 0 90 83 6 0x0000027AA80A
3 Spin-Up Time 0 ms 95 95 0 0x000000000000
4 Start/Stop Count 2,605 98 98 20 0x000000000A2D
*5 Reallocated Sectors Count 3,966 4 4 36 0x000000000F7E
7 Seek Error Rate 0 89 60 30 0x00003033BA35
9 Power-On Hours (POH) 734d 5h 80 80 0 0x0000000044D5
10 Spin Retry Count 0 100 100 97 0x000000000000
12 Power Cycle Count 2,606 98 98 20 0x000000000A2E
183 SATA Downshift Error Count 0 100 100 0 0x000000000000
184 End-to-End error 0 100 100 99 0x000000000000
187 Reported Uncorrectable Errors 7,675 1 1 0 0x000000001DFB
188 Command Timeout 50 100 99 0 0x000000000032
189 High Fly Writes 9 91 91 0 0x000000000009
190 Airflow Temperature 66 °C 66 42 45 0x000029180022
194 Temperature 34 °C 34 58 0 0x000000000022
195 Hardware ECC Recovered 0 56 34 0 0x0000027AA80A
197 Current Pending Sector Count 21 100 100 0 0x000000000015
198 Uncorrectable Sector Count 21 100 100 0 0x000000000015
199 UltraDMA CRC Error Count 0 200 200 0 0x000000000000
240 Head Flying Hours 1017d 8h 100 253 0 0x000000005F60
241 Total LBAs Written 1,719,650,756 100 253 0 0x0000667FC9C4
242 Total LBAs Read 2,092,082,122 100 253 0 0x00007CB2A3CA

Do I need a new hard drive? And if I actually get it, what would happen? What if I don't back up my HDD, like my system bootup stuff is in there but I don't get it...can I just get the HDD and install it and that'll be fine?
Please help me

EDIT:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339
I wanna get this HDD but
will it be compatible?

This is my motherboard
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Maximus_IV_GENEZ/

EDIT2:
Is it possible if I get my new HDD first and install it...and then move the stuff from my old HDD to my new HDD and then remove my old one?
I don't get it...
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  1. @UnforgottenMaid, your drive is dead. In fact it probably died a long time ago. Backup your data ASAP and replace the drive.

    Attribute 5 is telling you that there are 3,966 bad sectors which have been replaced with spares.

    As for the replacement HDD (WD10EZEX), it is a 6Gbps model whereas your motherboard is 3Gbps. I think it should be OK, though.

    Be aware that the WD10EZEX is an Advaced Format model, so you will need to ensure that the partitions are aligned. That said, if you are using Vista or Windows 7, then this will be automatically done for you.

    As for rebuilding your software, if you have a restore CD and/or the original CDs/DVDs, then you won't need to clone the original drive. Just backup your personal data (photos, music, multimedia, documents, etc).
  2. fzabkar said:
    @UnforgottenMaid, your drive is dead. In fact it probably died a long time ago. Backup your data ASAP and replace the drive.

    Attribute 5 is telling you that there are 3,966 bad sectors which have been replaced with spares.

    As for the replacement HDD (WD10EZEX), it is a 6Gbps model whereas your motherboard is 3Gbps. I think it should be OK, though.

    Be aware that the WD10EZEX is an Advaced Format model, so you will need to ensure that the partitions are aligned. That said, if you are using Vista or Windows 7, then this will be automatically done for you.

    As for rebuilding your software, if you have a restore CD and/or the original CDs/DVDs, then you won't need to clone the original drive. Just backup your personal data (photos, music, multimedia, documents, etc).


    Oh well forget about that HDD I wanted to buy, can you link me to a good one under $100? Thanks.
    Also I know how to back up my savegames data but what about my other stuff..where do I back it up?
  3. Someone else will probably be able to recommend a suitable HDD (the WD10EZEX would probably be OK).

    As for backups, you could copy your data to an external USB drive.

    BTW, if your drive is not still under warranty (http://support.seagate.com/customer/warranty_validation.jsp), you could always sell its PCB on eBay.
  4. fzabkar said:
    Someone else will probably be able to recommend a suitable HDD (the WD10EZEX would probably be OK).

    As for backups, you could copy your data to an external USB drive.

    BTW, if your drive is not still under warranty (http://support.seagate.com/customer/warranty_validation.jsp), you could always sell its PCB on eBay.

    Well I don't care about my current HDD as long as my new one will work, but my hard drive is over 3 years old that came with my stock pc so I don't need to get like SSD right?
    Also can I just install my hdd and move the data over? I don't have a big enough hard drive...the biggest i have is like 32gb.
  5. Yes, that should work. And no, you don't need an SSD.

    In the meantime you might consider copying your most critical data to a flash drive ASAP.
  6. Alright, thanks.
    But like when I said move my data over, do I literally just copy like system32 over? Or maybe I can just move my games/media which are like 200-300gb from my old HDD to my new HDD, and then take out the old HDD, and then reinstall windows 7?

    EDIT:
    Please give me a good HDD at least 750gb and below 150 dollars please, and I don't really want bare drive cuz maybe I would lack the wire or something..maybe not? I don't know...
  7. The System32 folder would contain software rather than data. If you purchased a ready-built system, then it would have come with all the software, either on CDs, or in a Recovery partition on your HDD.

    As for recommendations, I'd rather not stick my neck out. AFAICT, today's high capacity HDDs are far less reliable than those of 10 years ago. I think rotating storage is pushing the limits of technology and manufacturability. Whichever HDD you choose, I suggest you implement a robust backup strategy. Cables should not be a problem, as you should be able to use the existing ones.
  8. Oh so bare drive is fine? So would it be the same if I bought that internal HDD I listed or would it be better if I got a SATA 3.0gb/s? They cost a lot more for 1tb though
    And would this one be a good backup?
    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Backup-Portable-External-STBU1000101/dp/B00829TIEU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1348957857&sr=8-3&keywords=hard+drive+backup
  9. Hey guys, sorry I'm really frustrated
    I bought these 2 things, will it now work? And would be reinstalling windows 7 the best way?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/190732823081?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649 (Toshiba Canvio)
    EDIT:
    Since I bought these 2 things
    Is it like this?
    plug in external hdd
    put whatever data in it
    then shut down pc
    change interal hdd (old to new)
    then put in cd to either factory restore or reinstall
    then done rite?

    But how come I can still boot up and move stuff in my hard drive if it's dead?
  10. bump?
  11. All I can suggest is that you read the reviews and the feedback from end users. All HDD brands have their passionate devotees and detractors. You can hear war stories about almost every product.

    FWIW, here is one reliability survey that was done some time ago:

    Study: A Look At Hard Drive Reliability In Russia:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/hdd-reliability-storelab,2681.html

    Since then, Western Digital has bought Hitachi's storage division, and Seagate has bought Samsung's.
  12. fzabkar said:
    All I can suggest is that you read the reviews and the feedback from end users. All HDD brands have their passionate devotees and detractors. You can hear war stories about almost every product.

    FWIW, here is one reliability survey that was done some time ago:

    Study: A Look At Hard Drive Reliability In Russia:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/hdd-reliability-storelab,2681.html

    Since then, Western Digital has bought Hitachi's storage division, and Seagate has bought Samsung's.

    Well I wanna know the hard drive I bought, is it gonna function?
    And also, why is my computer still working (besides that fact that I cannot really play games for too long or it'll stutter and freeze up) if my hard drive is dead?
  13. Your HDD is considered "dead" when any of its critical SMART attribute values falls below its threshold. If you keep going like this, eventually the drive will run out of spare sectors, or the G-list (grown defect list) will overflow. Your data would then be totally inaccessible.

    As for your purchase, it should work. Sometimes there are unforeseen incompatibilities, but often you can work around them by installing the OPT1 jumper to limit the SATA interface speed. I don't like to make recommendations because they would be based on a very small sample size, and they have a habit of coming back to bite me. Plus I'm a contributor at both Seagate's and WD's forums ...
  14. Alright, well the two items are coming in 4 days...so yeah
  15. Bump, got new hard drive as listed, backed up a lot of the stuff I had, but not everything cuz the old HDD gave me BSODs
    But now it's working fine with a fresh windows 7 install ;D
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