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#1 Lqv2015

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 17:28

My secondary hdd that I use stricktly for torrent, stopped reading most files and folders. For awhile it would crash Win7 unless I unplug it. I'm sure but not 100% that torrent use pretty much killed it due to fragmentation.

 

Am I right or is this a normal case of disk failure? I'm going to format it but not until I know for sure I can't backup up ALL the files. I was able to get some but I know files and folders are missing. What can I do?




#2 Gnome

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 17:37

Torrents don't automatically kill a drive, but it happens.  Constant read-write takes its toll after a while.  I've had a few download drives die and my first thoughts were the same as yours.  

 

Try to recover the files as best you can, but don't expect the drive to be reliable even after formatting.  Some drives are pretty much toast once this happens.



#3 Mindovermaster

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 17:39

All drives fail, it can be one or many things. Backup all you can, then get a new drive.



#4 OP Lqv2015

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 18:03

I've only had the drive for a year. But I do understand hard drive failures are spontaneous.

1. Once I format it, how can I check if it's 100% healthy? Chkdsk?

2. How can I prevent this from happening again? Assuming it's the constant read/write of torrenting. Monthly defragmenting? Go with SSD?

#5 Mindovermaster

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 18:08

A drive can fail in one month to 10+ years. There's no life expectancy.

 

IMHO, don't format it. RMA it. get a replacement drive.

 

You don't need a SSD. Windows 7 does defragmenting on the fly.



#6 OP Lqv2015

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 18:16

IMO I don't think it's toast. But I'd like to know for sure. What software should I use to check?

#7 SinsOfCube

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 18:18

Have you tried using a differant cable to connect the drive, my sister's external drive was showing similar problems and it turned out that the usb cable was damaged.



#8 OP Lqv2015

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 18:23

Have you tried using a differant cable to connect the drive, my sister's external drive was showing similar problems and it turned out that the usb cable was damaged.


Yes. It's a secondary drive in my laptop that happened and I've also tried it on a docking station.

#9 Mindovermaster

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 18:26

IMO I don't think it's toast. But I'd like to know for sure. What software should I use to check?

 

If there's anything wrong with it, I'd send it in for RMA, get a new drive, that works 100%.



#10 OP Lqv2015

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 18:32

If there's anything wrong with it, I'd send it in for RMA, get a new drive, that works 100%.


Ok. Just need to check the warranty period on it and when exactly it was purchased. It's a WD btw.

#11 Hussam Al-tayeb

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 18:33

http://www.netpower.fr/smartmontools

Run a smartctl test before you format so we know what is wrong.

smartmontools long test will find any bad sectors and ones that are about to fail.



#12 bithush

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 18:37

Whatever you do don't get an SSD for a torrent drive. You don't need the speed of an SSD for torrenting and the constant read/write will kill the SSD quick.



#13 Newinko

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 18:46

Download CrystalDiskInfo:

http://crystalmark.i...fo/index-e.html

 

It's free, it's very reliable and one of the only SMART tools that works even with external / USB drives. It'll tell you, as far as SMART is concerned, if your hard drive is failing or not.



#14 OP Lqv2015

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 18:50

http://www.netpower.fr/smartmontools
Run a smartctl test before you format so we know what is wrong.
smartmontools long test will find any bad sectors and ones that are about to fail.


Will do. Thanks.

But back to my original question. How likely is it that torrenting was a factor. Anyone else experience failures with a torrent drive?

#15 Mindovermaster

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 18:56

Like I said, it's random. I use my 500GB as my torrent drive. I'm seeing no degradation. Was torrenting the only factor? I doubt it. That and a group of other factors, I'd believe that.