Solved portable drive caution in CrystalDisk

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Hi,

I have a portable drive and it's still working fine but when I connect it to my computer and check CrystalDisk I see health status "caution" and in Reallocated sectors count - current 100, worst 100, threshold 36, raw 000000000006. I don't have much data on that disk and I was wondering if I will be able to keep using it for a while?

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I just did a scan for that external drive with Command Prompt sfc /scannow and I got the message after the scan " Windows resource protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. For online repairs details are included in the CBS log file..."
 

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SFC is for Windows files on your C drive, no bearing in the external drive.

Do you value the data on the external drive? If you do then you should have backup already.

In Device Manager it should tell you the brand of the drive and you can do a full drive test on the drive, make take an hour or so to run through. If it fails the drive don't trust it at all.
 

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Triple6,

Thanks for your reply. Ok! Well actually I already moved all my files of that external drive, I just have a few copies of some those files on that drive. What would you recommend to do a full drive test on that portable drive?
 

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The hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics which will be available to download and run from their website. In Device Manager it will list the drive model unless it's from one of the drive manufacturer's themselves like a Seagate or Western Digital in which that will also be the hard drive brand inside it.
 

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Triple6,

I'm going to start running SeaTools diagnostic on my portable drive. I had one last question to ask you ; do you think an external drive is better and last longer than a portable drive, I know there's a fan inside and that helps to cool down the disk. I have some other portable drives at home and when I used them they can heat up pretty quickly...
 

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Portable and external drive are used fairly interchangeably, both are external and both are portable. Not all 3.5" external drives have fans. The fan can help but honestly I generally advise only using external drives for backup or transporting files, I'd never recommend having the one and only copy of data on an external, or for that matter on any singular device.
 

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Thanks for all your information and sorry for the delay to write back but I was very busy these last few days. I think I got all the information I needed and I'm going to close this thread now.
 
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