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How Close To Failing Is My HDD?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Simple question, is loss of data imminent on my main storage HDD? It's an ex-server drive which i started using after 3000 Power On Hours and hasn't really caused too much trouble. Only now has things gone bad. In Adobe AE while editing videos with 30 second 100mb clips, there are constant artefacts and freezes when transitioning to new clips. Attached are some tests i knew about, but is there anything else to measure how dead the drive is? Should i turn it off and wait to back up data on another drive?

 

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You should definitely take out the drive and grab the data via something like a docking station.

It is VERY close to failure.

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23 minutes ago, AAura said:

Simple question, is loss of data imminent on my main storage HDD? It's an ex-server drive which i started using after 3000 Power On Hours and hasn't really caused too much trouble. Only now has things gone bad. In Adobe AE while editing videos with 30 second 100mb clips, there are constant artefacts and freezes when transitioning to new clips. Attached are some tests i knew about, but is there anything else to measure how dead the drive is? Should i turn it off and wait to back up data on another drive?

Your drive could last 7 more years, or it could die in the next 5 minutes. Best you backup your data and prepare a replacement.


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1 hour ago, fuzz0r said:

You should definitely take out the drive and grab the data via something like a docking station.

It is VERY close to failure.

 

1 hour ago, kirashi said:

Your drive could last 7 more years, or it could die in the next 5 minutes. Best you backup your data and prepare a replacement.

I found an even older 2 TB HDD from my first ever PC in 2013. Does it look any better? It's reaaallllly loud but has no errors. The head moving is what i think makes the noise.

 

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1 minute ago, AAura said:

I found an even older 2 TB HDD from my first ever PC in 2013. Does it look any better? It's reaaallllly loud but has no errors. The head moving is what i think makes the noise.

That drive could also last 7 years, or could die tomorrow. What I'm trying to say is ANYTHING with tiny mechanical parts can fail at any given time. All hard drives begin failing the moment they're first powered on, so it's best to follow the 3-2-1 Backup Method at all times for data you cannot easily replace.

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/the-3-2-1-backup-strategy/


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Power on hours means next to nothing. Definitely replace both drives.

 


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