I bought this hard drive about two months ago. I've had no issues untill yesterday, when my PC froze for a few minutes during the day, and then discovered that a folder I frequently use had corrupted and that I had bad sectors later that evening.
I decided to leave it and run chkdsk with /r in the morning. This morning, I woke to find I had more bad sectors, and immediately ran chkdsk. I got my folder back with no apparrent data loss, but I've been watching the bad sector count climb and the 'health' status dropping all day.
The number of weak/bad sectors is slowly going up. It started at 24 and has risen to 56. The health keeps dropping, climbing back up, then dropping further. The lowest it's gone is 27% (it's climbed back up to 42%), and if it goes below 25% I'm RMAing it. The log also lists that the numbers of "off-line uncorrectable sectors" and "current pending sectors" keep going down and up.
Is this likely just due to a fault with the drive, or am i likelt to have caused/exacerbated the problem at all?
I've thankfully never encountered much trouble with hard drives before, so I don't know if it's usual for this kind of thing to happen. I've had no issues over the past 2 months and then in less than 24 hours, my bad sector count has shot up.