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Failing Hard Drive. The signs, the story.

Just sharing my weekend story of how my wife's machine was acting sluggish and more during the week. I ran the usual scans with the current forum favorites of MALWAREBYTES, SUPERANTISPYWARE and found nothing. So I went and do what optimizing I know but it was not improving but getting slower and slower.

-> The big clue showed up when I ran a SURFACE SCAN of the drive. It didn't fail but took hours for what should be an one hour task. That is a sign I know about which is one of your signs on impending doom.

The new drive was fitted, the fresh OS installed, latest protections and the old drive put into some USB external enclosure and the home directories copied over.

The machine feels like new and the old hard disk now fails it's maker's diagnostics with a solid "Impending Disaster" message.

Feeling like I dodged the bullet,

PS. Yes we have a network backup system but catching a failure early is much faster to get the files over from the old drive rather than off the network.

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Excellent story. . .

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A bit lacking in sex and violence for me, but interesting.

To make a major catastrophe less traumatic, I clone my HD once a month or so. The drive is in an external enclosure and placed in storage. If the main drive dies I just pop the cloned drive in and done. Stuff I can't afford to loose is put on another external drive and burned a little more often.

Those drives contain rare earth magnets. Fun to play with.

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Good catch, Bob!

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I'm assuming that you also had proper backups in case the old HDD had crapped out completely when installed in the external enclosure?

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I shared since...

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While I do have backup on a network drive and she has "what can never be lost" on USB memory sticks on CDRW the early detection allowed me to make this into a non-event.

I share in hopes that someone will dodge the bullet that has their name on it.

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what? you didn't have a SMART monitor in place?

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tsk tsk.

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In reply to: what? you didn't have a SMART monitor in place?

It didn't tell us it was doomed till I ran the maker's drive fitness tests.

There's a nugget here.

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Hard drive surprises

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not all hard drives, trust me, give warnings. Mine went belly up in the middle of an application, no warning, no sluggish behavior, no death rattle. Just type type type "a fatal error has occurred" and then oblivion. Luckily we had just made a backup the week before, so I only lost a week's worth of emails and a few photos, but it could have been much worse. I'd say you were lucky to have caught yours before it DID throw up all over the new rug, and saved yourself some grief...

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Smart isn't much use

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A relative of mine has a Dell laptop which has always been unusually slow - and on the occasions I had used it, the hard disc was noticably noisy, making those repeated clicking noises and even spinning down & back up again in the middle of transfers. Smart said everything was fine, I ran drive fitness, soak tests & surface scans, and couldn't generate an error message. Finally, 3 years old, it started to corrupt files and I decided to replace the disk for her - and on removing it i discovered a series of dents in the top cover, put there in the factory. No wonder the replacement drive benchmarks 5x faster!

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