|My hard drive is a Western Digital, Model Number: WDC WD2500BEVT-75ZCT2. I downloaded Western Digital's Data LifeGuard Diagnostics program and the hard drive failed multiple tests.|
I first tried the Quick Test, which failed. Here is a copy of the test results:
Test Option: QUICK TEST
Model Number: WDC WD2500BEVT-75ZCT2
Unit Serial Number: WD-WX31A2088895
Firmware Number: 11.01A11
Capacity: 250.06 GB
SMART Status: PASS
Test Result: FAIL
Test Error Code: 06-Quick Test on drive 1 did not complete! Status code = 07 (Failed read test element), Failure Checkpoint = 97 (Unknown Test) SMART self-test did not complete on drive 1!
Test Time: 22:44:16, December 10, 2012
I then tried the Extended Test, which completed after about an hour. The test found some errors, said the errors might be able to be repaired, and said I should back up before repairing because files or folders might be lost. I tried to repair the errors, but soon after clicking the repair button, the hourglass appeared and the window said it was not responding. The screen froze and I could not access Windows Task Manager. I had to restart by holding the Power button.
I tried the Extended Test again, but this time it got stuck at sector 22696191 of 488397167 and the estimated time remaining began to rise instead of fall. The timer made it all the way to 6 hours from 1 hour. This time, I could not cancel the test and I could not get to Windows Task Manager again. Once again, I had to restart by holding the Power button.
According to Western Digital, "If any of the tests fail, including the Quick Test, you will need to replace the drive being tested."
So I guess that makes it pretty simple. I will need to replace the hard drive. Right?
My question now is what problems could I have if I continue to use my laptop? This isn't the best time for me to buy a new laptop, financially speaking. It seems to be okay for the time being, but I assume that it could begin to have serious issues at any time, right? Presuming I back up my data constantly, shouldn't I be able to use my laptop until it dies completely? What's the worst that could happen -- that I could lose any file at any time?
Thanks so much for your help! I really appreciate it!