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juliox

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hi guys, i have these segate barracuda 2tb for like a year and a half already, like 6 mounths ago i had 28 bad sectors, but with segate tools i remap them and fixed any problem after that i havent had anymore bad sectors and the drive works fine.

My question is, some times i can hear the drive make a click noise but is like every 3 hours or sometimes in some 6 hours secions it never hapens, is completely random and is just 1 click not click click click, is just 1. when it happens the drive still works fine does not freze or anything.

i triend runing smart and except for the 28 realocated sector(yeap the are still only 28) everything passes, i tried runing all test on segate tools even the long one and it passed every one of them, more so in the 4 hours it took to do the long test it never click once.

i friend told me that i sould not be worried and that it click because the head passes were those bad sectors are and since it need to realocate itself it makes that click.

so can i trust him is my HDD safe?
 

EarthDog

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Is the drive going into power saving mode so its idle when that happens?

I would see what the SMART details say in the seagate tools about drive health. While not the end all, its more than going by a click. :)
 
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juliox

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is my main drive some time happens while is in idle, sometimes when it is reading, sometimes gaming, sometimes never happens. completely random but it doesnt affect anything all keeep runing fine, smart in segate tools, cristal disk and speedfan passes fine
 
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mimart7

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is my main drive some time happens while is in idle, sometimes when it is reading, sometimes gaming, sometimes never happens. completely random but it doesnt affect anything all keeep runing fine, smart in segate tools, cristal disk and speedfan passes fine

Check the SMART data from time to time, if you see a growing number of bad sectors, backup the drive, and buy a new one. I hope you have some sort of back strategy in place.
 

Mighty_Miro_WD

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Hi @juliox!

I agree with @mimart7 - make a backup of the most crucial data just in case and monitor the S.M.A.R.T. values so you can see if the number of reallocated sectors is increasing or not.

That's because the replacement sectors available are limited and once that number is reached no more sectors can be "fixed". 28 reallocated sectors is not a big number, but nonetheless it should be monitored because it can become large at some later point.

So in short, the drive looks fine for now, especially since nothing was detected by the extended test. However, if these numbers could become very large in a very short period of time make a complete backup and look for a replacement unit.

Hope this helps and best of luck! :)
 

HankB

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Hi @juliox!

I agree with @mimart7 - make a backup of the most crucial data just in case and monitor the S.M.A.R.T. values so you can see if the number of reallocated sectors is increasing or not.

That's because the replacement sectors available are limited and once that number is reached no more sectors can be "fixed". 28 reallocated sectors is not a big number, but nonetheless it should be monitored because it can become large at some later point.

So in short, the drive looks fine for now, especially since nothing was detected by the extended test. However, if these numbers could become very large in a very short period of time make a complete backup and look for a replacement unit.

Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

For reference my Seagate 2TB Barracuda developed about 2500 remapped sectors before I took it out of service. It did this over a period of over a year. It was located in an area where I would not have heard any noise so I cannot comment on that.

My other Seagate 2TB drive started developing remapped sectors and I took it out of service too. Both are now used in a USB drive sled for occasional backups.

After this (and reading the Backblaze reports) I no longer buy Seagate drives. Sad, really, I have some 200GB Barracudas that have over 8 years of on time and they are all still going strong.
 
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juliox

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Hi @juliox!

I agree with @mimart7 - make a backup of the most crucial data just in case and monitor the S.M.A.R.T. values so you can see if the number of reallocated sectors is increasing or not.

That's because the replacement sectors available are limited and once that number is reached no more sectors can be "fixed". 28 reallocated sectors is not a big number, but nonetheless it should be monitored because it can become large at some later point.

So in short, the drive looks fine for now, especially since nothing was detected by the extended test. However, if these numbers could become very large in a very short period of time make a complete backup and look for a replacement unit.

Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

mine got these 28 sector back in november 2015, up until now 6 months later it has the same 28 and hasnt developed any new ones.
 

Silver_Pharaoh

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Backup now and get a new drive.
HDD's are cheap in today's world so I see no reason to hope a questionable drive keeps on chugging away.

Recovering data from a dead or near death drive is not fun.
 
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juliox

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ok next mouth i will get a new one, right now i kind of low on money after my new GPU. i want to clone the drive so what software do you guys recomend me.