Question Is my External Hard Disk Dying?

Mar 26, 2020
Hello Everyone

Need Some Help plz

I have had an External WD My book for backup for almost 10 years now. Recently It has been acting funny (Sometimes the windows explore would freeze, others the write speed ll be very slow). I also have a very old PC.
Hard Disk Sentinel said that its performance is 100% but Health is 95%.

"The drive found 4 bad sectors during its self test.
There are 2 weak sectors found on the disk surface. They may be remapped any time in the later use of the disk.
At this point, warranty replacement of the disk is not yet possible, only if the health drops further.
It is recommended to examine the log of the disk regularly. All new problems found will be logged there.

No actions needed."

I ran the chkdsk command which took around 20 hours and there were 3 disk errors. This is the log file:

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.18363.720]
(c) 2019 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>chkdsk J: /f /r
The type of the file system is NTFS.

Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process. Chkdsk may run if this volume is dismounted first.
Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N) y
Volume dismounted. All opened handles to this volume are now invalid.
Volume label is My Book 1.

Stage 1: Examining basic file system structure ...
Deleting corrupt attribute record (0x80, "")
from file record segment 0x190C4.
426752 file records processed.
File verification completed.
301 large file records processed.
0 bad file records processed.

Stage 2: Examining file name linkage ...
9294 reparse records processed.
437940 index entries processed.
Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files scanned.
0 unindexed files recovered to lost and found.
9294 reparse records processed.

Stage 3: Examining security descriptors ...
Security descriptor verification completed.
Inserting data attribute into file 190C4.
5596 data files processed.
CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
Usn Journal verification completed.

Stage 4: Looking for bad clusters in user file data ...
A disk read error occurredc00000b5
The disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters
detected in file AC7 of name \Kobra\Movies\English\Xvid\THATSM~1\THATSM~1.AVI.
A disk read error occurredc00000b5
The disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters
detected in file FF36 of name \BackUp\AHMED'~1\E\Pictures\Selim\14.1 year\IM9BE0~1.JPG.
A disk read error occurredc00000b5
The disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters
detected in file 1D248 of name \Kobra\Movies\English\m-HD\GI4EE1~1.JOE\GIJOET~1.MKV.
426736 files processed.
File data verification completed.

Stage 5: Looking for bad, free clusters ...
106022533 free clusters processed.
Free space verification is complete.
CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the volume bitmap.

Windows has made corrections to the file system.
No further action is required.

1953478652 KB total disk space.
1528808508 KB in 52234 files.
27512 KB in 5596 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
552500 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
424090132 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
488369663 total allocation units on disk.
106022533 allocation units available on disk.


My question here is my hard disk dying? Is there a way to make it better? Or should I just ditch it and buy a new one (I really prefer not to)?

Thanks in advance