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Old October 5 2012, 08:22 PM   #13
Ro_Laren
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Re: My Hard Drive is About to Crash- What Should I Do?

Ghostavo Fring wrote: View Post
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Today I ran a disk defrag, virus scan, spyware scan, and an error checking scan on the hard drive. All came back without any probs. If my hard drive was really about to crash, wouldn't the disk defrag and / or error checking scan say there was a prob. Of course, in all honestly I don't understand everything that the screen says when it is running an error checking scan, but it didn't seem like there was a problem.

BTW, I haven't heard the weird clicking sound today, but I didn't have my computer on very long. And the clicking sound just comes every once and a while. 99% of the time, everything sounds normal. I'll probably go to the store tomorrow and try to buy some extra flash drives just in case!!
Disk defrags are not for finding errors, they are only for improving disk performance. A surface-level scan may also not find any problems. That's why you need a SMART utility like the one I linked in my first post--it can read the drive's own internal diagnostics and determine if anything is wrong.
Sorry, I was blind as a bat and totally missed that part of your post!!!

I downloaded the PassMark DiskCheckup and then ran the program by selecting the only Smart-enabled device shown, “Disk 0 ST9320423.” It took over an hour, but I don’t understand the results. Can anyone decipher them (sorry, they are long)?? I don't know if the results are good or bad or irrelevant. BTW, I have an HP dv4 laptop and bought it in 2008 or 2009. Here are the "test" results:

SysInfo DLL Version: SysInfo v1.0 Build: 1028
Time of export: 23:17:49 05-Oct-2012

Device information:
Device ID: 0
Interface: SATA
Device Capacity: 305242 MB
Serial Number: 5VH12LAQ
Model Number: ST9320423AS
Firmware Revision: 0003HPM1
Partitions:
C: 288806 MB
D: 16236 MB

ATA information:

Disk geometry:
Cylinders: 38913
Tracks/Cylinder: 255
Sectors/Track: 63
Bytes/Sector: 512
Total disk sectors: 625142448
Logical sector size: 512
Physical sector size: 512
Media rotation rate: 7200 RPM
Buffer size: 16384 KB
ECC size: 4 Bytes

Standards compliance:
ATA8-ACS Supported: Yes
ATA/ATAPI-7 Supported: Yes
ATA/ATAPI-6 Supported: Yes
ATA/ATAPI-5 Supported: Yes
ATA/ATAPI-4 Supported: Yes
Serial/Parallel: Serial
SATA 3.0 Compilance: No
SATA 2.6 Compilance: Yes
SATA 2.5 Compilance: No
SATA II: Ext Compilance: No
SATA 1.0a Compilance: No
ATA8-AST Compilance: No
World Wide ID: 5000C5001E27AD9E

Feature support:
SMART supported: Yes
SMART enabled: Yes
SMART self-test supported: Yes
SMART error log supported: Yes
LBA supported: Yes
IORDY supported: Yes
CFast supported: No
DMA supported: Yes
Maximum Multiword DMA mode supported: 2
Multiword DMA selected: None
Maximum UltraDMA mode supported: 5
UltraDMA selected: 5
Maximum PIO mode supported: 4
SATA Compliance: Yes
NCQ priority information supported: No
Unload while NCQ commands are outstanding supported: Yes
Phy Event Counters supported: Yes
Receipt of power management requests supported: No
NCQ feature set supported: Yes
SATA Gen2 Signaling Speed (3.0Gb/s) supported: Yes
SATA Gen1 Signaling Speed (1.5Gb/s) supported: Yes
Software Settings Preservation: Supported, Enabled
In-order data delivery: Not supported
Initiating power management: Supported, Enabled
DMA Setup auto-activation: Supported, Disabled
Non-zero buffer offsets: Not supported
Trusted Computing supported: No
Host Protected Area (HPA) supported: No
Read look-ahead supported: Yes
Read look-ahead enabled: Yes
Write cache supported: Yes
Write cache enabled: Yes
Power management supported: Yes
Security mode supported: Yes
Security mode enabled: No
Device Configuration Overlay (DCO) supported: Yes
48bit Addressing supported: Yes
Auto Acoustic Managment (AAM) supported: No
Power-up in Standby (PUIS) supported: No
Advanced Power Management (APM) supported: Yes
Advanced Power Management (APM) enabled: Yes
Current APM level: Minimum power consumption without Standby
CompactFlash Association (CFA) supported: No
General Purpose Logging (GPL) supported: Yes
Streaming supported: No
Media card pass through supported: No
Extended power conditions supported: No
Extended status reporting supported: No
Write-read-verify supported: No
Free-fall control supported: No
TRIM command supported: No
SCT command transport supported: Yes
NV Cache enabled: No
NV Cache Power Management supported: No

SMART ATTRIBUTES:
ID Description Status Value Worst Threshold Raw Value TEC
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1 Raw Read Error Rate OK 117 99 6 133556297 N.A.
3 Spin Up Time OK 98 98 0 0 N.A.
4 Start/Stop Count OK 98 98 0 2236 N.A.
5 Reallocated Sector Count OK 100 100 36 0 N.A.
7 Seek Error Rate OK 71 60 30 60356237036 N.A.
9 Power On Time OK 92 92 0 7132 N.A.
10 Spin Retry Count OK 100 100 97 0 N.A.
12 Power Cycle Count OK 99 37 20 1929 N.A.
183 SATA Downshift Error Count OK 100 253 0 0 N.A.
184 End-to-End error OK 100 100 97 0 N.A.
187 Reported Uncorrectable Errors OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
188 Command Timeout OK 100 99 0 8 N.A.
189 High Fly Writes OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
190 Temperature Difference from 100 OK 57 44 45 9329377323 N.A.
191 G-sense Error Rate OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
192 Power off Retract Count OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
193 Load Cycle Count OK 22 22 0 156294 N.A.
194 Temperature OK 43 56 0 43 C N.A.
195 Hardware ECC Recovered OK 51 51 0 133556297 N.A.
196 Reallocation Event Count OK 100 100 36 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 200 200 0 1 N.A.
254 Free Fall Protection OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.

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