SMART Failure

June 13, 2011 at 14:01:11
Specs: Windows 7
I was using CCleaner the other day and tried out the wipe hard drive which would clear up unused space. After reading some positive and negative views on it, I decided to abort it near half way and now I get an iminent failure when I start up. Should I go back and wipe the hard drive until it is 100% complete, or something else. Thanks.

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June 13, 2011 at 14:53:49
SMART notice is your drive telling you of a possible coming hard drive failure. I would plan on replacing the drive soon, The drive detected an abnormal occurrence.

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June 13, 2011 at 16:17:29
Ccleaner is not used to wipe a hard drive.

All you need to do is the Delete the partition and perform a full format to wipe the drive. Not really even necessary to use FULL format. Quick is good enough.

Download the drive fitness utility for your band hard drive from the manufacturer and test the drive before proceeding.

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June 13, 2011 at 18:12:36
I suspect that the SMART error was the Reallocated Sector Count value. The drive will reallocate bad sectors by itself but it can only do this on a write to the bad sector. When you wiped free space you did a lot of these writes and this triggered the error. It didn't cause the problem but only revealed an already existing problem.

The drive is likely going to fail in the near future. But to be sure run the manufacturers diagnostic. But before anything else be sure you have a backup of all important data. Of course you should have this anyway. If the drive is failing you might not have much time.

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