HDD past warranty so what can we try now before going to seagate

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mikequest3

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Hi
I have a 160 GB Seagate Ultra ATA Barracuda 7200 hard drive.
I use it only to backup my data from the PC. I attach it to the PC when I need to backup & when done, I disconnect the IDE & power cables.
Around 8-9 months ago my PC started freezing only while using the hdd. I suspect the hdd & backed up all the data to my brother's laptop temporarily. But the hdd has gone past the warranty period & after searching on the net I read abt Seatools for DOS. But I am unable to find a copy of the tool and require a walkthrough (of sorts) to run it.
I am aware that Seatools will not fix a failing hdd but only give me info of whats wrong with it.
So if someone can guide me further or tell me what all I can do to fix this (before taking it to seagate for repairs), it will be very helpful & nice.
Mike

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The hdd does not seem to have a mechanical failures like excessive vibration or noise, etc. I chkd the connectors of the hdd & the cables, they are okay. It did give "cannot copy" error while backing up the data but after "chkdsk r" it copied the files without errors & it also showed some space used by bad sectors or clusters.
 

Triple6

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I don't believe Seagate repairs drives as a service. In fact aside for data recovery services(which can range into thousands of dollars in some cases) no one fixes hard drives nor can some problems be fixed and even if they could the cost would exceed the cost of a new drive quite significantly - some repairs would require a clean room and parts replacement on top of employee labor.

Seatools is available on the Seagate website(first hit on Google search): http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/

Seatools can in fact mark off bad sectors and make it so the operating system will never attempt to use them again, however that doesn't mean more will not develop or the drive won't fail differently.

And if the drive fails the test completely then it simply needs to be thrown out and replaced with a new drive.

Additional since hard drive commonly fail you should never be without a backup.
 

foxidrive

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I'm just writing to confirm that more than a few bad sectors commonly increase in numbers and the drive should not be relied upon.

Also consider that if you value your data then 2 or more backups is a wise strategy.
 

mikequest3

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Hi Triple6 (Rob),

Thank you for your reply; i understand & will chk the status of the hdd with the utility & act accordingly.
I have to ask you 1 more question though. I require to backup data (not more than 30mb or so) to an external source 2-3 times a week & cd's or dvd's are not an option, hence the hdd. So a hdd (brand/model/features) that works best for this, could you kindly suggest as you are an advanced user.
M


Hi foxidrive,

Thanks, I will keep that in mind.
M
 

Triple6

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Any USB drive should work, I would see what's on sale and pick up one. I've given up on long ago on trying to find a 'most" reliable brand, they all work, they'll all fail. With hard drives there's only a few manufacturer's left and they are all as good as the next one. For enclosures, it doesn't seem to matter. If you were using one constantly, which is not what I'd recommend for a backup, then a larger one with a 3.5" desktop drive, with it's own power adapter, a metallic case to assist in heat dissipation and a fan for cooling would be preferred choice. For a simple backup drive, any 2.5" laptop based drive seems to be as good as the next.
 
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