Solved Can HD errors actually be port or cable errors?

February 7, 2016 at 23:50:07
Specs: Windows 7
Lots of talk over the years about HDD errors. Presumption is drive/disk problem, solution is replace HDD.

Can the issues actually be a dodgy cable or sata port instead (ie HDD is/was really fine)?

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February 8, 2016 at 00:39:29
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It's possible, so it's always worth trying a different port or cable before replacing the disk. However, if the source of the errors is the SMART information then that is the disk.

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February 8, 2016 at 02:32:44
Thanks for reply.

SMART on all 7 drives OK and well within tolerances.

Normally 1x 1TB Black and 2x 2TB Green in box, swapping in greens as req.

Discovered 1x Green obviously dodgy (file transfer/chkdsk errors) yet no classic audible probs and drive not 'failed' as such. Only minor problems, despite much dancing with the devil, as I tried to transfer contents out (but ran out of free space elsewhere). Tried a different cable (of many laying around) yet not inconceivable I had *two* dodgy cable. Passes Quick Test, fails Extended Test (WD DLG)

Currently all 7 hooked up in a bigger case (same mb) to test/dedupe/sort. Cables all over the place.

Now another drive fails Quick Test even though is regularly in use and no probs.
Hopefully dodgy cable. Else avoidable sata port (which may have caused the issues on the first 'failed' drive?). Another HDD on same sata controller passes all tests...

Better still if a reformat/write zeros can resurrect. Can you point to any utes/best practice for that attempt?

Too poor for new drives - happy to get donation, 4TB please LOL

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February 8, 2016 at 04:52:40
"Too poor for new drives - happy to get donation"
Give us a town & country, you never know your luck.

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February 8, 2016 at 19:29:52
With older IDE drives a cable could get loose and depending on what stays connected, you might get errors but SATA cables snap on tighter so that's less of a problem with them.

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February 8, 2016 at 22:16:41
Extremely sweet remark Johnw.

Nonetheless, whilst I'm truly too poor to buy a new drive I reckon there are lots of people in the real world who are in a more hopeless situation than myself so I'd be too embarrassed to actually receive a donation ahead of them!

My comment was inspired by reading countless posts (on a variety of sites) where the immediate advice - flippant? - was to buy a new drive.

I suppose a new drive on (eg) a dodgy port would sooner or later be a 'dodgy' disk with bad sectors and sages will point to the 'failure' rates of HDDs.

Further research last night suggested yet another possibility which may in fact be ludicrous. Several ppl have pointed at multiple duplicates (ie lots of the same file) as cause of 'bad sectors' - insinuating? filesystem hiccups as cause.

I'm too ignorant to know yet I certainly have duplicates in droves, incl unzipped system files going back to win98. Yes I know that's crazy! - a mix of anal retentiveness and poor backup procedures leading to hasty dumps (no pun intended). There are demons lurking ten layers deep.

Will do a proper cleanup of files, wipe disks to zero, lay down a new filesystem and see if that helps revive the HDDs. Will certainly help me to get better organised anyway! It'll take an age to complete yet I'll try to come back here and let you know how it goes.

Stay sweet Johnw

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February 8, 2016 at 22:35:22
"Extremely sweet remark Johnw"
Thank you Hobot.

"wipe disks to zero"
No need to go down that track, just Delete all the partitions.

W7 - Click on > Drive options (advanced) Then highlight each partition & hit > Delete.

Here are some examples of why you delete all partitions.

Finally after doing a clean install of Windows, run Chkdsk.

How to Run Disk Check in Windows 7

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February 8, 2016 at 22:37:10
Thanks for your comments DAVEINCAPS.

Generally my experiences have been different though. I used to need a crowbar to remove some of the IDE cables yet most of the SATA cables I've used have a bit too much wiggle for my liking. Yes, the clipped cables certainly help them stay on yet I sometimes wonder about the integrity of the pin connections given the angle at which a cable can be moved in the socket. Perhaps I'm simply being paranoid there...

The unclipped SATA cables can sometimes 'fall' out from the simplest of nudges. Perhaps this is a specific issue with my MB (old school GA-890FXA-UD5 rev2.0) or due to my use of 'standard' quality SATA cables.

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February 8, 2016 at 22:42:22
Thanks for all Johnw

Yes, Win7 in use on borrowed laptop and on my own desktop.

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