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  1. That doesn't make any sense. It's irrelevant what caused a sector to become bad and unreadable -- it's still a bad sector.
  2. I never said anything about it happening regularly. 30 years is a long time and during that time I've handled hundreds of HDDs -- there's plenty of chances in such a long time to come across drives with bad sectors.
  3. What the fuck are you talking about? Data was on unreadable, bad sectors -- how does it NOT mean that I lost data on those sectors?
  4. Yes, I know. I am fully aware what it is and I have been fully aware of it for the last two decades. Does not change what I said, nor does it somehow magically mean I have not lost data due to bad sectors.
  5. Tell that to all the drives on which I have had data lost due to bad sectors.
  6. It can only report about bad sectors once they already exist. Also, SMART isn't some sort of infallible magic -- there are plenty of cases where it fails to notify of issues before it's too late. I have been messing around with computers for soon 30 years; I am not exactly new to any of this.
  7. You could, but you'd get worse performance, not better, and you'd also get worse quality. This is to say, it'd be pointless.
  8. Not in my experience. A dying HDD typically has already developed broken sectors, which are unreadable or corrupted, ergo you can't recover data from them. If you can't recover data from some sectors, then you obviously cannot salvage all data. OP's question was about doing it at home.
  9. With SSDs there isn't really a "dying" at all -- they're either working, or they're dead, and you can't pull anything from a dead drive. With HDDs, there is a "dying" state and yes, you might be able to salvage some of the data, but a dead drive is still a dead drive. That said, SSDs are far more reliable than HDDs, so planning what you buy based on what you might or might not be able to recover something from is just plain idiotic. It's better to go with reliability from the get-go, instead of going for a "might be able to recover something."
  10. What I want to know is, why do you care about that metric? It's such an arbitrary thing, since it's still an "up to" - value.
  11. It's perfectly normal, you can continue your build.
  12. Google sure seems to say that that's a R7 265 2GB - model, but that VGA - port looks like it doesn't belong there. Maybe it's some sort of an OEM - model or something? I have no idea how OEM - models of old Radeons look like since I use NVIDIA - cards.
  13. There isn't really any reason why it would've stopped working, unless the ballooned-up battery bent the motherboard enough to loosen solder-joints on it. That is to say, there's a pretty good chance it's still perfectly functional and just needs a new battery.
  14. You can't really get that much performance out of overclocking. A small bump, sure, but it's not any sort of a panacea. Besides which, it'd be idiotic to buy overclockable hardware and then wait with overclocking until the system isn't fast enough anymore -- either overclock from the get-go, or don't bother. Only, if you push voltages to unsafe levels and you're constantly riding on the red line with thermals.