Question What should I do with Pending and Uncorrectable Sector count showing on my primary HDD?

thelastwinchester

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I have had this hard disk for almost 5 years now. Its a Seagate 1TB 7200RPM HDD. Power on Hours of 16,666 hrs.

Raw values of 10 are being shown for both Current Pending Sector Count and Uncorrectable Sector Count. It was showing 8 and I tried to Scan and Attempt Recovery of Bad Sectors and it increased by 2 for both.
 

thelastwinchester

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Backup your data (which you should already be doing) and prepare to replace the drive. It will only get worse from here.
I have backed up my important data to a new WD HDD, but I still have doubts about it since new HDD's can fail anytime within the first 6 months due to manufacturing errors.

I wanted to know if I can continue using this Seagate HDD and when it might die.
 

USAFRet

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What do you do?
Prepare for a total drive fail in the next 0.25 sec.

This goes for a 10 year old drive, or one right out of the box.

All storage devices are subject to physical death at any time. If you value the data on it, and time to rebuild...prepare for that.
Personally, I don't bother with "backing up important data".
Full drive backups. That way, nothing is forgotten or left off.


And "new drives" aren't any more subject to "fail in the first 6 months" than old ones.
 

thelastwinchester

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What do you do?
Prepare for a total drive fail in the next 0.25 sec.

This goes for a 10 year old drive, or one right out of the box.

All storage devices are subject to physical death at any time. If you value the data on it, and time to rebuild...prepare for that.
Personally, I don't bother with "backing up important data".
Full drive backups. That way, nothing is forgotten or left off.


And "new drives" aren't any more subject to "fail in the first 6 months" than old ones.
No, you are not understanding me. I'm not asking about the data at all.

I'm asking what will happen to this disk now? What does the counts mean? Can I not use it?
 

USAFRet

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No, you are not understanding me. I'm not asking about the data at all.

I'm asking what will happen to this disk now? What does the counts mean? Can I not use it?
And what we're saying is - There is no way to predict.
One week, one month, another 5 years...all possibilities.

Bad sector count increasing is a bad sign. It will only get worse, not better.

You can use it, right up until the moment it dies.
 

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