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Should I use a dying hard disk?

I have two hard disks one Hitachi 500 gb which gave errors and had to be replaced by a Seagate 1tb barracuda. I have windows installed on new 1tb hard disk. So should I use the 500gb HDD and will it affect other components? Also during the boot up a message is shown: A problem with the hard drive has been detected.
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  1. Why would you want something dying in your computer? Errors from it can cause issues with programs crashing which can corrupt windows or other programs.
    Reply to Supahos
  2. Why would you want to even try to use a dying hard drive?

    At best you cant trust it to reliably hold any data you are trying to store on it, at worst it dying and throwing off errors is going to cause your entire PC to be unstable.
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    As a scratch drive maybe. But it depends on the fault, if it is liable to catch on fire I would say no.

    My friend had a Samsung drive that lasted three years after SMART started reporting issues. Just don't put anything on it you can't lose. He used it for games but kept his save files on his OS drive. (He also wasn't afraid to re-install his entire OS at anytime.)
    Reply to Eximo
  4. HDDs are cheap as dirt. There is no reason to use one that even hints at trouble.
    Reply to neiler0847
  5. One idea: after making sure everything is copied onto another, reliable, newer, HD, use this old HD for practice -- format it to rid any traces of an OS, use disk management to convert it to Logical (not Primary), place some throw-away folders and files on it, delete some stuff -- and use any and all DIY un-delete and data recovery programs at it, just for practice and learning.
    Reply to RolandJS
  6. If you're not especially fond of your data...sure...keep using it.
    Personally, I don't like my stuff disappearing off into never never land.
    Reply to USAFRet
  7. USAFRet said:
    If you're not especially fond of your data...sure...keep using it.
    Personally, I don't like my stuff disappearing off into never never land.


    The cloud, they call it the cloud now. ;)
    Reply to Eximo
  8. Eximo said:
    USAFRet said:
    If you're not especially fond of your data...sure...keep using it.
    Personally, I don't like my stuff disappearing off into never never land.


    The cloud, they call it the cloud now. ;)



    Not from a dead drive...:lol:
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  9. Eximo said:
    As a scratch drive maybe. But it depends on the fault, if it is liable to catch on fire I would say no.

    My friend had a Samsung drive that lasted three years after SMART started reporting issues. Just don't put anything on it you can't lose. He used it for games but kept his save files on his OS drive. (He also wasn't afraid to re-install his entire OS at anytime.)
    Reply to Devang1999
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