Predict hard drive crashes the TechRx way

by Jason Davies on July 9, 2010

TechRx data recovery in Green Bay will save your hard drive when it dies. However, before your drive visit TechRx in Green Bay, Wisconsin I wanted to share some tips that will save you frustration. Hard drives use a system referred to as S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology). The key point to remember with this technology is that it is “in hopes” of catching problems.

The reality with hard drive crashes is that S.M.A.R.T data may report “OK” but your drive can still fail. An important tool to use on your hard drive is a “benchmark tool.” A benchmark tool will reveal the true speed that the drive is transferring data at. Combine this value with how the drive should operate, and you can gauge issues easily.  

Western Digital drives are prone to heat related issues. As the chips on the Western Digital drives wear, the hard drive begins to slow down. Using the benchmark score mentioned above can help you determine if you should replace your failing drive.

WD3200JS-22PDB0

WD3200JS-22PDB0

Remember, watching S.M.A.R.T will help prevent issues. The data TechRx is most interested in is the “Pending Sectors” and “Reallocated Sectors.” I like to use a window screen as an illustration of sectors. The squares of the screen would be equitable to sectors and bad sectors would be similar to a tear.  If you draw a circle on the screen that is 12” in diameter, anything outside the circle could be a “spare sector.” Hard drives have a certain amount of “spare sectors” that are used when the original sector goes bad. Run out of spare sectors and the drive will require data recovery. This remap process causes the drive to slow down due to the extra reading the drive must do.

If you suspect your drive is slowing down, be sure to backup your data promptly. Give TechRx a call at 920.884.1195 for assistance in getting your data saved. TechRx is an expert data recovery services company. We provide free data recovery estimates, and free data recovery shipping of hard drives to and from our facility for data recovery estimates.

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