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Author Topic: Seagate ST3500320AS SMART values  (Read 17044 times)

gunrunnerjohn

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Re: Seagate ST3500320AS SMART values
« Reply #30 on: August 19, 2010, 03:53:00 PM »

Good plan. ;)
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Re: Seagate ST3500320AS SMART values
« Reply #31 on: August 19, 2010, 04:15:21 PM »

As for the Seagate drive it's anyones guess if it needs replacing!
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gunrunnerjohn

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Re: Seagate ST3500320AS SMART values
« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2010, 05:25:26 PM »

Hard drives just don't last like they used to in the 5.25" full size drive days. :D
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Re: Seagate ST3500320AS SMART values
« Reply #33 on: August 20, 2010, 02:17:35 AM »

If it was you and you were in my situation with three other backup hard drives would you replace the drive "just in case" or ignore the problem and wait for it to die :)
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Re: Seagate ST3500320AS SMART values
« Reply #34 on: August 20, 2010, 05:09:55 AM »

I think I'd replace the drive and then run the full Seagate surface analysis on it and their diagnostic.  I'd want an independent opinion of the health of the drive.

One handy utility for SMART analysis is SpeedFan from http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php, it has a SMART page that links to a site and presents "plain English" readouts of the SMART data.  It runs on 2K/XP/Vista/Win7.
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jamieburchell

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Re: Seagate ST3500320AS SMART values
« Reply #35 on: August 20, 2010, 07:29:59 AM »

I think I'd replace the drive and then run the full Seagate surface analysis on it and their diagnostic.  I'd want an independent opinion of the health of the drive.

One handy utility for SMART analysis is SpeedFan from http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php, it has a SMART page that links to a site and presents "plain English" readouts of the SMART data.  It runs on 2K/XP/Vista/Win7.

OK. I'll look in the sofa for loose change!
AFAIK the "full Seagate surface analysis" is just an interface to running the long SMART test.
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Re: Seagate ST3500320AS SMART values
« Reply #36 on: August 20, 2010, 07:33:19 AM »

Something that just occurred to me: You could run Spinrite on it. It's a program from Gibson Research which is about the best for drive recovery but also checks a drives health at low level and using the smart parameters.
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Re: Seagate ST3500320AS SMART values
« Reply #37 on: August 20, 2010, 07:38:43 AM »

The full surface analysis is more than the SMART test.  You can do the write test, which of course erases the data, and it will reallocate any bad sectors as well.
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Re: Seagate ST3500320AS SMART values
« Reply #38 on: August 24, 2010, 04:10:25 AM »

New drive on order :)

In case anyone is interested, and living in the UK - since I don't have a PC anymore and some USB enclosures don't allow SMART to function properly on externally connected SATA drives - you might be interested in this - which does work perfectly with smartcrl (at least the Windows build I'm using). It uses a JMicron chipset, but I didn't need to tell smartctl anything.

http://www.usbnow.co.uk/Hard_Drive_Enclosures-IDE_&_SATA_Cable_Kits/c10_70/p52/USB_2.0_IDE_&_SATA_Cable_(with_Power_Supply)/product_info.html

« Last Edit: August 24, 2010, 04:12:23 AM by jamieburchell »
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