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Is my HDD dying?

My computer randomly freezes. Sometimes after 6 hours of usage, sometimes after 30 minutes. When it freezes my HDD LED turns red (HDD usage 100%). I can even hear a small grinding noise in my disk. So what exactly does that mean, and is there a way to fix it?
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  1. Event Viewer would be the 1st place Id look followed by running HD diagnostics. Download appropriate utilities from your HD vendor site.
  2. JackNaylorPE said:
    Event Viewer would be the 1st place Id look followed by running HD diagnostics. Download appropriate utilities from your HD vendor site.


    What exactly do I look for in the Event Viewer?
  3. Anything that indicates a problem (Error / Warning)
  4. Hi there neonyziee,

    As the drive makes some grinding noises, you need to back up the data stored on it ASAP.
    After that, you can test it with some of these: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/282651-32-best-diagnostic-testing-utility

    Observe the SMART report and look for reallocated/pending and uncorrectable sectors.

    Let us know how this goes,
    D_Know_WD :)
  5. D_Know_WD said:
    Hi there neonyziee,

    As the drive makes some grinding noises, you need to back up the data stored on it ASAP.
    After that, you can test it with some of these: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/282651-32-best-diagnostic-testing-utility

    Observe the SMART report and look for reallocated/pending and uncorrectable sectors.

    Let us know how this goes,
    D_Know_WD :)



    WD is still going strong. Turns out it was tilted a bit, and not fixed properly. As soon as I fixed that all problems were gone. More than a month now and this issue never occured again. I've got three WD HDDs in my PC and all of them are working fine. One of them is more than seven years old. Nice going Western Digital !
  6. Best answer
    It's great that you are happy with your WD drives. :)

    It is always a good idea to keep an eye on their health status. You can do so if you just test them from time to time with WD's DLG tool: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=UCK4xm

    Cheers,
    D_Know_WD :)
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