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01-Jul-2012, 05:33 PM #1
SMART Error after cloning a disk with DDRescue
I have been having a SMART error (Read Error Rate) with my hard drive for a while now, so I finally bought a new hard drive and used DDRescue to clone one to the other. However, after the cloning was finished I am now getting a SMART error on the new Hard Drive, this time a Reallocated Sectors Count problem. Is this something DDRescue has done and therefore can be undone or is the Hard Drive faulty and need changing?

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01-Jul-2012, 10:42 PM #2
Reallocated Sector Count is a property of the drive itself, I don't think DDRescue could cause it.

What value does it have ?

If it's low and doesn't increase over time you should be fine, HDDs are designed to reallocate bad sectors.

Is the SMART warning from the Bios or from software running in Windows ?
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02-Jul-2012, 11:39 AM #3
It's a BIOS alert, telling me that there is a fault and to press f1 to continue to boot. There a 5 bad sectors, but the problem is that this is a new hard drive!
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02-Jul-2012, 07:31 PM #4
If its new and giving you an error then you should return it to the store if they have a return policy OR contact the manufacturer directly for replacement.
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02-Jul-2012, 08:10 PM #5
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If its new and giving you an error then you should return it to the store if they have a return policy OR contact the manufacturer directly for replacement.
Sorry I didn't notice it was a new drive, I agree with Triple6.
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12-Jul-2012, 06:47 AM #6
I traded in the faulty hard drive for a new one. Cloned my disk with DDrescue again, and guess what. My new hard drive suddenly has a reallocated sector error, this implies to me that DDrescue is causing the fault with the hard drive since the same thing has happened twice. Ideas?
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12-Jul-2012, 08:07 AM #7
Stop using DDrescue. There are plenty of free drive cloning utilities, every hard drive manufacturer has one available for download.
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12-Jul-2012, 09:40 AM #8
If one of your drives is a WD, you can download the free version of acronis true image from the WD site. As for cloning, image backups, etc acronis is far and away the best app to use.
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13-Jul-2012, 03:28 AM #9
it could be the DDRescue problem.... make sure do a partition first before cloning the old HDD.
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