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S.M.A.R.T. Attributes and Drive Health

By mrcaffeinex ·
I have a Samsung hard drive that is showing a SMART raw read error total of over 4000, but after two hours of self-testing, the tests completed without error. The drive is also showing over 1000 CRC errors. I have always read that when a drive starts to show read errors that it is time to replace the drive and in all of my previous drive failures they have always failed the extended self test when they have displayed read errors in the SMART error logs. Should I just replace the hard drive anyway due to the read errors before it actually quits working or will it hang in there for a while since the extended self test was able to complete successfully?

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How old is the drive?

by NickNielsen In reply to S.M.A.R.T. Attributes and ...

Read errors are a normal part of drive operation, but you shouldn't be seeing that many unless the drive is several years old. The high numbers here indicate an issue of some sort, possibly one or more marginal sectors.

That the drive passes self-test is relatively meaningless. <a href="http://tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287">This page</a> has a link to Samsung's Disk Manager utility. Run a full test and see how the drive does. Perform a complete backup of the drive first!

BTW, I went to college at Coby. Is the Ale House still there?

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