Though this one caught me a little by surprise but not completely.
The drive was fine 2 days ago.
The drive got dropped about 2 feet on to a desk while configuring hard drive tower on Saturday.
Had no problems before that -this nights' triple stutter was the first symptom.
I have another hard drive coming and will be here Wednesday.
Problem is this drive is my main OS and work computer hard drive and I will not have a chance to clone it till Friday night.
I however in the mean time have to use it the rest of the week for work.
Will it last long enough with the "Uncorrectable Sector Count" and "Current Pending Sector Count" for me to get the cloning done Friday -especially since the drive passes the S.M.A.R.T. test with Western Digital's own diagnostic program?
So this could go either way. It depends on if the head is touching. The smart error you are getting is because of uncorrectable sectors. That means they are more than likely physically damaged from the drop. In itself that isn't a huge concern because they will be labeled as bad and just not used. The problem comes if the head has been bent or damaged from the drop and is now going to hit and cause more and more bad sectors. If that is the case then this disk will die soon and take all of your data with it.