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 Post subject: Worth keeping these drives?
PostPosted: August 3rd, 2018, 23:25 
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So, my Windows 7 Pro file server decided to crash the other day. When I got a monitor and keyboard on it I found that the C: drive, a 500GB Seagate ST3500320AS, was failing with SMART errors indicating bad sectors. I tried to copy the drive to another 500GB Seagate, but that drive seems to be having issues as well. I was able to finally copy the drive to a WD 1TB drive using CloneZilla with the repair option and the system seems to be running fine with the new drive. Really a waste since C:\ only has about 60GB used.

Now, I've take the two problem Seagate drives and deleted all the partitions and created a new partition. I did a long format of the drives and there were no errors. Using CrystalDiskInfo, SMART tests are either warning or failing on these two drives. CHKDSK /R /PERF /SCAN is currently running on one of the drives but still has at least 45 minutes to go before finishing. I'll try the same on the second drive as well.

Should I trust these drives at all, or just chuck them into the trash? I know that I will never buy Seagate drives again, but it seems a waste to toss out a couple 500GB drives.

Any opinions? Suggestions?


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PostPosted: August 4th, 2018, 3:46 
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I wouldn't trust those drives. You could at least sell the PCBs.

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PostPosted: August 4th, 2018, 18:05 
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7200.11 .... F3 Arch ... With bad sectors ....

Ok, just replace the drive with HGST one. Done.

I wouldn't trust those seagates as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Worth keeping these drives?
PostPosted: August 4th, 2018, 19:58 
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They are already failing, so just ditch them. Your data probably has much more value than a couple of drives.


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