Question Do I need to replace my Hard Drive?

Mrex666

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This happened around a week ago, almost periodically.

Around a week ago, I've noticed that windows will take around 3 to 4 minutes on the startup screen (The Win7 logo) before successfully booting and it will become super laggy before I restart it once. It doesn't matter if I clicked restart or shut down the PC before reopening it, the next time it's booted, it comes out fine. More recently however, it has been starting a chkdsk on its own. This has happened twice, the first time it came out fine and it does delete corrupt file record segments from the hard drive, but right before this post is made, a second time occurred and there are 8 unreadable segments on 1/3. Everything else is correctly checked and sometimes, removed. Afterwards, Windows 7 reboots and is functioning properly, like now. (I'm typing from the faulty PC)

I've been using the PC at Windows 7 since 2012 and problems only surface right now. Then I googled for a bit, almost everything I've came across requests me to replace the Hard Disk. So should I replace it now? I have an external hard disk that is backing up files, but it just keeps checking the C drive.
 

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That drive will die. Either today, next week, next year, next decade.
This is a function of ALL storage devices. They will eventually fail.

If you wait until it actually does fail, your data is gone.
If there is any data you wish to protect, you need to start a comprehensive backup routine now. Today.

That way, when that drive fails, your data will be protected.


Unreadable segments?
That drive is dying.
 

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So what is an external tool you recommend to backup the drive? And are there any free and good ones?
For true backups, I use Macrium Reflect.

Your drive might be too far gone.
 

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Yes, the program is free to try.
Also, one last question.

I've been using an external hard disk (I think it's Buffalo Mini-Station) to back up files, when I plugged in the disk is working as usual (I can drag and drop files to it) and it's displaying its health as 0%. Is this a false positive?
 

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I am not sure. Does it say the drive has any bad sectors on the disk?
Failure Predicted - Attribute: 1 Raw Read Error Rate, Errors occurred while reading raw data from a disk. Indicate problem with the disk surface or the read/write heads.
There is 1 weak sector found on the disk surface. It may be remapped any time in the later use of the disk.
More information: https://www.hdsentinel.com/hard_disk_case_weak_sectors.php
Replace hard disk immediately.

It is recommended to backup immediately to prevent data loss.

It's referring to this one. It isn't a disk that I use other than to store backups. Also there's only 1 sector in it.

View: https://imgur.com/a/QYRmhl8
 

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First sentence of the first reply:
"That drive will die. Either today, next week, next year, next decade. "

Question is...now what will you do?

1,Raw Read Error Rate,51,1,1,Pre-Failure: Data loss predicted,00000004AA0E,0,Enabled
2,Throughput Performance,0,252,252,OK (Always passing),000000000000,0,Enabled
3,Spin Up Time,25,86,86,OK,00000000116D,0,Enabled
4,Start/Stop Count,0,99,99,OK (Always passing),00000000066A,0,Enabled
5,Reallocated Sectors Count,10,252,252,OK,000000000000,0,Enabled
7,Seek Error Rate,51,252,252,OK,000000000000,0,Enabled
8,Seek Time Performance,15,252,252,OK,000000000000,0,Enabled
9,Power On Time Count,0,100,100,OK (Always passing),000000001685,0,Enabled
10,Spin Retry Count,51,252,252,OK,000000000000,0,Enabled
11,Drive Calibration Retry Count,0,100,100,OK (Always passing),000000000014,0,Enabled
12,Drive Power Cycle Count,0,100,100,OK (Always passing),000000000162,0,Enabled
191,G-Sense Error Rate,0,252,252,OK (Always passing),000000000000,0,Enabled
192,Power off Retract Cycle Count,0,252,252,OK (Always passing),000000000000,0,Enabled
194,Disk Temperature,0,64,63,OK (Always passing),003000140024,0,Enabled
195,Hardware ECC Recovered,0,100,100,OK (Always passing),000000000000,0,Enabled
196,Reallocation Event Count,0,252,252,OK (Always passing),000000000000,0,Enabled
197,Current Pending Sector Count,0,100,100,OK (Always passing),000000000001,0,Enabled
198,Off-Line Uncorrectable Sector Count,0,252,252,OK (Always passing),000000000000,0,Enabled
199,Ultra ATA CRC Error Count,0,200,200,OK (Always passing),000000000000,0,Enabled
200,Write Error Rate,0,100,100,OK (Always passing),000000000C98,0,Enabled
223,Load/Unload Retry Count,0,100,100,OK (Always passing),000000000014,0,Enabled
225,Load/Unload Cycle Count,0,69,69,OK (Always passing),00000004D8C1,0,Enabled

This is what happens in the Sentinel logs.

The drive isn't supposed to read anything and it connects and runs properly unlike the actual bootup on the PC.

The bold one was what is causing it.
 
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