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Not Sure if my HDD is Dying?

My hard drive always spikes to 100% usage at startup, as soon as I launch a program, and when I have a couple programs open. I'm not sure if this is a sign that my hard drive is dying.

I have tried these fixes below to no avail:
-Disabling Windows Search and Superfetch
-Reinstalling NVIDIA Drivers
-Clean Reinstall of Windows 10 (Today)
-Ran chkdsk /f /r showing no problems
-Ran S.M.A.R.T. Check, Short Drive Self Test, and Short/Long Generic Tests, all passed

Note: The Short Drive Self Test was failing before I reinstalled Windows, but was passing after.
HDD Model Number: WDC WD20EARX-008FB0 (Western Digital WD Green 2TB)
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  1. It is normal for a hard disk to go to 100% at startup, opening programs and when you have lots of open programs.
  2. Hey there, Trent!

    I'd strongly recommend you check the health and SMART status of your WD green drive by running the QUICK and EXTENDED tests from WD's Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows. Using the brand-specific tool is always recommended. I'd also advise you to backup all your important data somewhere off-site (if there is any, since you re-installed Windows today). Do you have any other drive in your system besides the WD Green or is this your booting drive?
    If the 100% HDD usage spikes happen only during the times you have listed, just as @Jasjar mentioned, there's nothing you should be concerned about.
    However, I am interested to see the errors you received during the diagnostic tests prior to the fresh install.

    Keep me posted!
    SuperSoph_WD
  3. even if the drive tests good, there is a test you can download from western digital, I would suggest looking for a new system drive. The WD greens are slow, slow, and in my experience unreliable.
  4. SuperSoph_WD said:
    Hey there, Trent!

    I'd strongly recommend you check the health and SMART status of your WD green drive by running the QUICK and EXTENDED tests from WD's Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows. Using the brand-specific tool is always recommended. I'd also advise you to backup all your important data somewhere off-site (if there is any, since you re-installed Windows today). Do you have any other drive in your system besides the WD Green or is this your booting drive?
    If the 100% HDD usage spikes happen only during the times you have listed, just as @Jasjar mentioned, there's nothing you should be concerned about.
    However, I am interested to see the errors you received during the diagnostic tests prior to the fresh install.

    Keep me posted!
    SuperSoph_WD


    I forgot to mention it was constantly at 100% usage before I reinstalled windows, so I think there has been some improvement. And yes, I do have my important data backed up in an external hard drive, and don't have anything else on my HDD as it was a clean install of Windows. I will run the diagnostics now and come back with results.
  5. Best answer
    Most all of the factory software that you can download or comes with drives is absolute garbage, it shows you nothing of importance. Download Hard Disk Sentinel, it will show you all of the detailed SMART information. You can even see how many hours and minutes the drive has been in use, since SMART stores all of that information. It also shows you every time there was a data error or power failure and it's overall condition and life expectancy. I recently bought a couple hard drives off of Ebay and the person selling them said they were tested and passed all tests. When I received them and powered them up they were making all sorts of noise, grinding, squeeking and chirping. I used the utility I mentioned and the drive was in critical condition and had about 10 days of life expectancy and warned that the drive should be backed up and powered down immediately. Now, you may run this utility and it may say that the drive has a short life left, but typically if a drive is not making much noise and is cool in temperature it will typically last several more years if it doesn't have any major errors, which will be obtained (the errors) within seconds of the running the application.
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