Hi everyone. I hope you all had delightful evenings last night, because I sure DIDN'T
Just last night, windows explorer (and later the entire system) froze during use of my external HDD, necessitating a hard restart. My machine froze before starting windows, with no power to my peripherals. I tried again with the disk unplugged and was able to log in and reconnect the drive. After a short hangup the device was recognized by explorer and HDDsentinel. So far the contents and performance of the drive appear unaffected,
outside of one horrifying warning.
HDDSentinel shows the health of my precious HDD as 9%
with 1544 bad sectors
identified, 12 days estimated lifetime! Prior to this incident there was 0 history of previous errors, and performance is still listed as 100% after a short self-test. The event log shows this drop in health happened at the exact time of a system freeze; I don't know whether the hard drive caused the crash, or if this spike in bad sectors was a result of data loss from the crash.
Currently my plan is to keep the problematic drive unplugged, buy a replacement and use HDD Raw Copy to immediately clone it, minimizing further use as much as possible. I'm worried that any more up-time could cause additional degradation, but I'm quite new to this.
How cautious I should be about running HDDsentinel's tests before I migrate the data? Thanks!
I'll upload pictures when I summon the courage to reconnect the drive.