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Hard drive issues - SpinRite vs. S.M.A.R.T

Hard drive issues - SpinRite vs. S.M.A.R.T

The Toshiba hard drive in a Sony VAIO laptop went bad. I put in a Western Digital drive (WD1600BEVS-60RST0, firmware v4.01G04) from an HP laptop. I ran SpinRite at level 2 and found some bad sectors, but it seemed to recover data and mark. I ran SpinRite at level 5, and it took approximately 30 hours, but it finished clean - no report of any problems.

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Guest [Entry]

"S.M.A.R.T. knows about temperatures.
SpinRite knows about sectors.

So the disk is heating above the threshold that your S.M.A.R.T. software is set to detect as error. When I persistently had this problem during a particularly hot summer, I as solution reset that threshold to a higher temperature which was still well within the manufacturer's temperature range.

If this solution doesn't seem correct to you, or the disk temperature is dangerously close to the manufacturer's upper limit (I take that as within 10 degrees), then your disk is failing.

But I repeat, this is more likely a too-sensitive setting for your S.M.A.R.T. software. In any case, according to SpinRite, your disk hasn't started failing yet.

But don't skimp on your backups!"