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HDD gone into a SMART status of Warning

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One of my disks has decided to report a SMART status of Warning. Which parameter is out of tolerance?

 

smart_error.jpg

 

I'm guessing it's the Reallocated Sectors Count, but just wanted a second opinion.

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I think the closer Worst is to Threshold, are the items to look for.

 

You should run an Error check, with 'recovery bad sectors', checked.

 

Definitely a good idea to have F drive files backed up.

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backup that data and start saving money because that Seagate disk isn't going to get any better.

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The disk is only used for holding odd bits and bobs, nothing I need thankfully. Time to swap the drive out then :)

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Hmmm, Don't see why it should be reporting warning to be honest.  What software are you using exactly to view your smart?  You should be able to get from them their criteria for "warning"

 

Your going to have reallocated sectors - that is not really that big of deal.. Think of the current worst value as sort of health % -- so your 95% healthy, seems a bit high to start warning?  Your pending is 0, so that is good. Since it seems to not be a critical drive I wouldn't be all that worried as of yet..  Sure its a good idea to make sure nothing on there you would be sad if lost, etc.

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Not OP, but that's Defraggler. Doesn't Seagate make tools to check their drives?

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Not OP, but that's Defraggler. Doesn't Seagate make tools to check their drives?

http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/

 

The SMART information there looks alright though, certainly not enough to trigger a warning :/ strange.

 

A testing tool I use quite often which has worked great for me for a long time is HDAT2.

 

I'd still keep an eye on the drive but I don't think it's necessary to swap it out just yet,

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Ok from a quick perusal of their site and forums, I could not find anything showing how they calculate or use the values from smart to determine if warning, etc.

For example, link I found on the defraggler forums - acronis gives a great overview of they calculate overall health of the drive from the smart values

https://kb.acronis.com/content/9264

9264: Acronis Drive Monitor: Disk Health Calculation

The following table contains the health related (critical) S.M.A.R.T. attributes affecting the health value with their weights and maximum limits.

Table 1.

Attribute ID S.M.A.R.T. attribute Weight Limit %

05 Reallocated Sectors Count 2 70

10 Spin Retry Count 2 50

184 End-to-End Error 1 50

196 Reallocation Event Count 1 40

197 Current Pending Sectors Count 1 40

198 Offline uncorrectable Sectors Count 2 70

201 Soft Read Error Rate 1 20

Good advice from DavidM is to check it with tools from maker, or even other 3rd party tools that use smart to give you status of the drive. How the smart values are interpreted is up to the maker of said software. So while one might give you a warning, other might say no the disk is fine. It comes down to how you interpret the values - I didn't see anything pointing to imminent failure that is for sure. Now if your hitting threshold on some values there is is need for worry about life of that drive, etc.

How old is the drive? Shows only about year of power on time, so depending on use drive could be 1 year to 10 years depending, etc. As you say its not data worth much, I wouldn't go out and by a new drive just because your seeing a warning. Now if its OLD, and your running low on space - maybe hey grab a deal and update, etc.

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The Seagate tool also shows warnings, but I used Defraggler as I prefer the UI and detail. Will post a screen shot later from the Seagate tool.

 

Speccy is also showing warning, but that's written by Piriform so will use the same criteria as Defraggler (I'd imagine)

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So the new version of Speccy (1.26.698) has a new SMART table. Every attribute is showing a status of Good yet the drive is still in Warning.

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Try CrystalDiskInfo.

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And/or Hard Disk Sentinel.

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I also back CrystalDiskInfo, have always used it to check drives as it highlights the attribute responsible for giving either the Warning or Failure status.

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