Windows had put the paging file on my D drive for some reason, a 8TB drive I used for media files. Suddenly I noticed my PC would crawl to a halt and memory would shoot up to 99% usage. So often I would have to turn the PC off when this happened, as I couldn't access my PC, only resetting would help. I then noticed my HDD had shot down to 12% health, then 4%. I moved everything off on to other drives, and tried to full format to clean the errors, I found I couldn't as it kept saying the drive was in use, so I eventually discovered it was being used for the pagefile. So I changed that. I then went to format fully and found it would stick at 90%, so I then used HDD Sentinel for a full read/write disk repair destructive test, this lasted 3 days as it fixed multiple sectors that were around 90% to 100% on the drive (so the lowest 5 lines of blocks, approx 8 blocks were bad).
This seemed to fix it, as I then ran a full format and it worked fine, but I noticed the health only went up to 9%, so I ran a short test and that was fine, ran an extended test and that was fine no errors. I then ran the "re-initialise disk surface" test which lasted 76 hours, but this was fine, every block was green. But still the health is 9%. Any ideas ?
See below for how all tests have now passed. I didn't take a screen grab of the very first test with the errors, but I remember it saying at the end that all errors were repaired, which seems to be true given how blocks are all green now. So can I now use it safely ?
Please see attached images.
- After surface test
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- After re-initialize test
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- After extended test
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