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HDD Behaving weirdly.

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Hello,

I recently got a new GPU and updated windows. I don't know if those two changes have anything to do with my problem, but i started encountering intermittent drive errors and freezes. 

 

Examples:

 

1. When playing Elden RIng, the game starts stuttering and the music disappears. This is always followed by HDD usage shooting up to 100% and a stop-start noise (ill provide the audio later in the post) occurring. Also, i noticed that every time that this occurs, it is followed by an error appearing in the event viewer. Specifically the following error:

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2. When playing Horizon: Zero Dawn, the game freezes for about two seconds, and is followed by the noise, and 100% disk usage.

 

3. While scanning the drive for bad sectors, the noise occurs every 3 or so seconds (i will attach a recording of this), but is not followed by the error in event viewer.

 

4. Epic Games Launcher (installed on it for some reason) was flagged as corrupted, throwing an "the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable" error.

 

5. Other files also seem to be corrupted, one unistaller is throwing a "unins000.dat is corrupted" error.

 

Notes:

  • I have tried almost every possible combination of SATA and power cables. None have helped.
  • The errors started after updating windows and installing a new GPU.
  • The drive model is: SEAGATE ST1000DM003
  • Other drives in PC: NVME ssd (System), WDC HDD (Media)
  • Tried CHKDSK with only 3 stages. I will run the full scan overnight.

CRYSTAL DISK INFO:

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THE NOISE:

 

THE QUESTION:

 

Is the drive dead? Did windows update screw up some files? What are my options?

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try updating bios and drivers first, and if that doesnt work then idk.

 

i dont think this next thing will work but its worth a shot.

windows does some power saving junk which can affect the drive. go to "services" and disable the "power" service, it controls most power saving features within windows (meaning you should have it off anyway) and it does some power down or throttling stuff for the hdd. Also its not vital for system function, at least for my system.

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18 minutes ago, BoKiller said:

THE NOISE:

 

 

THE QUESTION:

 

Is the drive dead? Did windows update screw up some files? What are my options?

Definitely sounds like the head retrying to read bad data to me.  Its unlikely anything you or Windows did caused this, unless you dropped the drive or knocked the PC quite hard while it was running.

I'd try Seatools to see if it says anything different as generic SMART tools do not know how specific manufacturers format their data so, might overlook some value that is relevant.

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1 minute ago, Alex Atkin UK said:

Definitely sounds like the head retrying to read bad data to me.

I'd try Seatools to see if it says anything different as generic SMART tools do not know how specific manufacturers format their data so might miss something.

I'll run every scan and get back to you with the results.

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