Hdd clicking - hang

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I have a 160gigs samsung sata hdd, a week ago (after a power outage),
it atarted to make a "clicking" sound at random times, like it restarts
itself and so windows hangs a little while, then everything works fine.
I did not care about the clicking till today, thought it might be about
windows or something but it did happen a couple more times today.

So i backed up everything important and downloaded the tool named
"hutil" from seagate website. It is a hdd diagnose tool. And it could
not pass the "surface read test" cause of a couple of ecc errors. Does
it mean it has bad sectors?  What should i do? As it works fine, isn't
it possible to mark that sectors causing errors not usable or
something? Or is it time to buy a new one?
I had no experience with hdd failures so i don't know what to do.
Please help me about this.


Re: Hdd clicking - hang

I don't think it is going to matter what type of drive it is, but I will
tell you I have had 2 western digitals go out within a month of their making
a clicking noise. You did not mention how old the HDD was, but I would tell
you to go ahead and get ready to buy a new one. Replacing a 160 gig drive is
not all that expensive today.

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Re: Hdd clicking - hang

On 31 Dec 2005 17:56:05 -0800, antimon@gmail.com wrote:

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had you considered using Samsung's Util rather than

if it's making (new) clicking noises and has bad sectors,
it's time to check on the warranty and have it replaced if
possible, or retired if not.  First though, you need to use
the right utilities and continue making full backups.  A
drive this young having bad sectors visible is not a good

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