Hard disk issues. Could use some expert advise?

Seagate Seagate barracuda st31000528as 1...
June 11, 2012 at 19:18:06
Specs: Windows 8 RC, AMD Phenom II X4 w/ 6GB DDR2-800 Dual Channel
Windows says this hard drive is failing? I have a picture of the SMART data report that I can upload. As far as I can tell it's still working fine. I got transfer rates well into 100MB/sec when I backed up almost 100GB of stuff from it. I'm no stranger to computers, I have built 3 including my own and have repaired countless ones for people. This problem just seemed to confuse me a bit. One tool says the drive is OK while Windows won't leave me alone about it. Any ideas? I'm now using a 320GB Western Digital drive that I had been using as a slave drive for awhile. It checks out just fine. Both drives are SATA running on AHCI. They used to be IDE but I figured swap em over since I had to swap drives anyway. Same goes for Windows 8 RC, figured I'd install a newer OS to play around with. Just to clarify both Windows 7 and Windows 8 reported the drive to be failing.

-Also this PC is built by myself so any kind of tech support from a manufacturer is out of the question and the disk is way past warranty.

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June 11, 2012 at 20:32:11
Did you run the Seagate diagnostics program on it? Or try Crystal DiskInfo:


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June 11, 2012 at 21:02:19
I agree that you should run a hard drive fitness test. SMART in the BIOS is normally pretty good at diagnosing problems.

You may not notice the out of range stats that SMART picks up. The HD diagnostic will give you a report.

You will need to run that test in order to get an RMA authorization if the drive is under warranty.

I suggest you backup your personal files BEFORE running the test.

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June 12, 2012 at 06:17:02
I'll go ahead and try both utilities and see what comes up. I already backed up 100GB of files so I'm good.

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June 13, 2012 at 09:58:11
The best tool is the one that comes from the OEM. Find the name brand of the disk and see if they offer a hard drive diag application.

The factory or OEM diags do a better job.

Hang up and live.

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