Question Is my backup harddrive toast? (crystaldiskinfo readout)

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Hey guys,

I recently got a new harddrive so I decided to run crystal disk info on my other drives, never did so before so I was pretty curious to see the results although I'm not really sure how to interpret them.
My old backup harddrive (first screenshot) is apparently in bad shape (bad health status), is this fixable with software or is the hardware just wornout and reaching the end of its lifecycle? Is there a chance it could fail soon, should I be concerned?

The second picture is my SSD.
I've only had the SSD since the middle of 2018, is it normal to have 74% of its lifecycle left or could something be depleting it faster than it should be with excessive writes?

Thanks for the help in advance guys.

HDD
View: https://imgur.com/MD0e9UD


SSD
View: https://imgur.com/1eAiv5s
 
Your HDD needs to be backed up and replaced ASAP or you risk losing all that DATA, it's nearing it's end-of-life. As for the SSD, it's normal for that amount of wear for a low capacity drive, I wouldn't worry about it until around 50% or less. You should trim it occasionally to spare it's like a bit longer. You should be able to do this through your SSD's software dashboard from the vendor or from windows defragment utility built-in.
 
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The HDD is!
Hopefully all important stuff was already backed up.

46007 powered on hours WOW! that's over 5yrs of 24/7 AMAZING
Yeah I've had this hard drive since I built my PC in 2012! Fortunately, I've migrated most of important files I use to to just store unimportant things these days.

Your HDD needs to be backed up and replaced ASAP or you risk losing all that DATA, it's nearing it's end-of-life. As for the SSD, it's normal for that amount of wear for a low capacity drive, I wouldn't worry about it until around 50% or less. You should trim it occasionally to spare it's like a bit longer. You should be able to do this through your SSD's software dashboard from the vendor or from windows defragment utility built-in.
Thanks, how often should I defrag it? I actually haven't used windows defragment on it since I've gotten it.
 
Yeah I've had this hard drive since I built my PC in 2012! Fortunately, I've migrated most of important files I use to to just store unimportant things these days.



Thanks, how often should I defrag it? I actually haven't used windows defragment on it since I've gotten it.
Please note when it comes to SSD, you TRIM, not DEFRAG.
When you use windows Defragment tool you select your SDD and click optimize, it will begin trimming. All this does it search your SSD memory cells and identifies cells that have data written on it but are no longer of use, it then opens those unused cells back up to be written over. This stops newer cells from getting written to sooner and saves write endurance a little bit. It's not a miracle cure so don't expect a big boost in performance or life expectancy. But this is pretty much the main way you take care of your SSD, you should do this weekly for ideal maintenance. It takes less than 30 seconds. to do

Defrag is used on HDDs. Defrag simply locates data that belong together but are physical written far away from each other on the HDD's physical platters, it then re-writes them closer to together. Essentially it consolidates relative data instead of leaving them sparsed out all over your drive. This helps a bunch in performance since it takes less time for HDDs to locate data when called by another piece of relative data.
 
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Please note when it comes to SSD, you TRIM, not DEFRAG.
When you use windows Defragment tool you select your SDD and click optimize, it will begin trimming. All this does it search your SSD memory cells and identifies cells that have data written on it but are no longer of use, it then opens those unused cells back up to be written over. This stops newer cells from getting written to sooner and saves write endurance a little bit. It's not a miracle cure so don't expect a big boost in performance or life expectancy. But this is pretty much the main way you take care of your SSD, you should do this weekly for ideal maintenance. It takes less than 30 seconds. to do

Defrag is used on HDDs. Defrag simply locates data that belong together but are physical written far away from each other on the HDD's physical platters, it then re-writes them closer to together. Essentially it consolidates relative data instead of leaving them sparsed out all over your drive. This helps a bunch in performance since it takes less time for HDDs to locate data when called by another piece of relative data.
Thanks, I'll definitely try to make a habit of trimming from now on, especially if it only takes like 30 seconds to do.
 

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