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Re: HP pavilon dv7

My HP pavilion has crashed on several occasions.  
When I run a self diagostic, I get an error like
FAILURE ID: 9gbsfa-5m8711-mfh15g-60vd03
any suggestions on how to fix this?
I ran chkdsk /f c: previously
which fixed it temporily, but I guess it is time to buy a new HD.  Should I just reformat this one or am I being too risky?

Re: HP pavilon dv7

Deodiaus wrote:
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If SMART is working for this vintage of hard
drive, you can use any tool with SMART readout
capabilities, to review the drive health.


The parameters shown in red boxes here,
give some idea of drive health. The value should
be zero. This drive is still healthy.


As the life of the drive declines, you see this trend.

                             Current Worst Threshold Data   Status
Reallocated Sector Count    100     100   36          0     OK
Reallocated Sector Count    100     100   36         57     OK
Reallocated Sector Count     98      98   36        104     OK

The 98% appears to be an estimate of remaining life. By
extrapolation, when Data hits 5000, the drive should be
"completely dead". Of course that's ridiculous as a
premise, but that's how it works. It'll likely croak before
it gets to 5000.

The whole process isn't nearly as linear as that. In fact, the
zero value in that field, can be zero even when the
disk has racked up thousands of reallocated sectors. The
parameter is "thresholded", so a customer of a new
hard drive doesn't see that number, panic, and send
the drive back to the store for a refund. So when
the Data field becomes "non-zero", they're showing
you a "slice" of the remaining life. The approach is not
linear in reality. The rate of acceleration
there, is a key to how bad things are. If the number
grew by 100 each day, you'd run out and buy a drive

As another demonstration of that, my current C: drive,
I replaced it even though the data field was "0". By using
the read-only HDTune performance benchmark, I could see
a sustained "slow" area on the disk. And that disk has been
replaced, before I lose a file.

The SMART tool is nice as a warning, but it's not infallible.
The reason my "slow disk" got through, is the number of
reallocated sectors wasn't that high, but they were all
concentrated in the same area of the disk. Making that
section of the disk (my C: partition), not a particularly
good place to be storing files. While I could have moved
the partition with a partition manager, and just ignored
the issue, I chose to just buy another drive. And transfer
over the data.


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