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Discussion in 'Troubleshooting Help' started by Sledge, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. Sledge

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    I've got an older HDD that has been making strange 'clicky' noises, so i got crystal disk info to check it's health, but that says it's ok..
    I had issues with the PC not being able to access the HDD etc and generally locking up as well..
    I tried it on another SATA port on the same onboard controller, did the same thing..
    Tried it on another port on another onboard controller, and so far so good... (fluke)
    But my question is, how do i actually check if it's the HDD that's faulty, or the controller?
    Don't want to trust the HDD if it's possibly dieing, but i don't want to just throw it away if it's good.
    But if it's the mobo... will need to replace i guess?
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    I also have another HDD that i've removed from a WD USB enclosure as the enclosure seems to have died..
    I've now got it connected to the PC via a USB-SATA adapter.
    That shows me this:
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    could that be due to the enclosure dieing? Is it an issue?
     
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  2. mareke

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    The results of the checks indicate that the drives are fine but the clicking sound that you described is not a good sign. I've recently returned two drives that made a clicking sound and were not recognised at all. The problem was due to a failing circuit board on the hard disks & this could occur with your drive that made the clicking sound. I wouldn't keep any vital data on a drive that has been making a clicking sound even if it passes a health test.
     
  3. Iron_Horse

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    If the drive in question is the H: Western Digital Green 1TB drive then yes. it's bad and on the way to failure.
     
  4. terrastrife

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    If current pending sector doesn't go green (or blue) after a bunch writes/reboot/etc then the drive is on it's way out. Although maybe try another SMART program to cross reference as each program has it's own warning levels. Uncorrectable sector count is only an issue if it continues to increase in value. CrystalDiskInfo isn't very helpful here for values.
     
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    Sledge

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    H: Is what i've rescued out of the USB drive to copy stuff off the D: Drive
    D: is what was making the noises when connected to the other SATA port
    Currently:
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    Which other program would you suggest?
     
  6. terrastrife

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    With 28000 hours and only 1 unrecoverable error recorded, as long as it doesn't increase, it's fine :p
    A gremlin or cosmic dust could've caused that one error early on in the drives life, if that's the case, it's still in tip top shape.
     
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    Sledge

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    What about the original issue with the D: drive?
    Any ideas? faulty controller on the mobo?? any way to test?
     
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    Another disk on the suspected port and run a bunch of full zero writes and verifies or something.
     
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    That's 3 years of run time, I wouldn't be trusting it any more.

    Good drives don't click. SATA/mobo can't make a drive click. It's on its death bed.

    Time to bin both.
     
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    Sledge

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    By clicky, i mean it sort of sounds like the noise it makes when it's sleeping/waking up, it doing it regularly..
    now it's not (atm)
     

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