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how long till the internal HDD crashes ?

by AM_SOS / July 7, 2010 7:38 PM PDT

Hi all,

This is my first post in this forum. My Toshiba A 200 is in potentially serious trouble and hence I would really appreciate if someone could shed light on my query. Sad

I have used this laptop for nearly 3 years now. Though used reasonable heavily, its been well kept. I haven't saved or deleted too much data on the internal HDD.

Now I use Ubuntu Linux as a dual boot option with XP. I have been keeping an eye out for the results given by "Palimpsest", a disk checking utility with Ubuntu. I have observed that there seem to be several bad sectors on the HDD. Although the figure was constant for many months, it changed last month as indicated by the reallocated sector count. I gather such statistics indicate that the HDD is near its end.

I am quite worried as to the health of the HDD. I would appreciate if someone could guide me as to how I can find out about the life expectancy of HDD.
Moreover, are there any free softwares or tests which can reliably tell me
more about the same ?

Thanks !

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I guest you have your reasons, but...
by ahtoi / July 8, 2010 12:45 AM PDT

I think you are looking at this the wrong way. Life expectation do not tell when YOUR HARDDRIVE is going to fail. It could happen next time you fire that that up..who knows but hope it won't.

But it doesn't sound to me that you are that worry though, hehe.

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Three years?
by Coryphaeus / July 8, 2010 10:58 PM PDT

Hard drives have a measurement called (something like) MTBF, Mean Time Between Failure. It's an AVERAGE failure rate. Three years on a heavily used machine is pushing it.

Did I read you don't back up your data? Holler back when the drive fails to boot. We can recommend data recovery options. Bring lots of money.

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