Possible hard drive failure

May 7, 2009 at 18:08:03
Specs: Windows XP, 1.5 GB
I have an old Western Digital hard drive. It's a WD2000JB 200GB 7200RPM with 8MB Buffer. I've had it for almost 5 years now. Every once in a while, I'll hear a little click from it, then hear it powering down. It'll stay like that at least for several minutes when I hear it powering back up. I'm not sure if it's on the verge of failing or not. I can still see the files on there and read them.

An application that I have running called Drive Health checks the drives over and reports any problems. Every once in a while, it shows a message saying that the hard drive "... had a non-typical SMART attribute fall...". (The most recent message said that it's current temperature was 52 C. That doesn't seem overly hot for a hard drive.)

Does anyone think that this hard drive might be failing? It's only starting doing this (powering down) the last few months. Thanks.

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May 7, 2009 at 18:11:35
Download the utility to check your drive fitness from the WD website. That is the best method to find out.

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May 8, 2009 at 01:37:22
well do you do the maintenance once a while?

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