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jelbo
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« on: July 23, 2009, 12:41:45 AM »

Hi, when I do a short SMART test on my 1TB WD AV-GP drive that has a warning sign next to "Current Pending Sector Count" I get an error at 10% saying "Error with read element failed". What does it mean? Do I need to worry?
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Doomer
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2009, 12:45:06 AM »

That's how standard calls it - read element failed. That would probably mean the part of the internal SMART test which supposed to test reading ability failed
It usually means that the drive has bad blocks
I would worry
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jelbo
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2009, 10:31:22 AM »

Hi,

I indeed have bad blocks:

Code:
[size=11pt]C:\>chkdsk n: /F /R /X
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is New Volume.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
  64 file records processed.
File verification completed.
  0 large file records processed.
  0 bad file records processed.
  0 EA records processed.
  0 reparse records processed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
  82 index entries processed.
Index verification completed.
  0 unindexed files processed.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
  64 security descriptors processed.
Security descriptor verification completed.
  9 data files processed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
  48 files processed.
File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
  244160603 free clusters processed.
Free space verification is complete.
Adding 21 bad clusters to the Bad Clusters File.
Correcting errors in the Volume Bitmap.
Windows has made corrections to the file system.

 976759807 KB total disk space.
     21568 KB in 5 files.
         4 KB in 11 indexes.
        84 KB in bad sectors.
     95823 KB in use by the system.
     65536 KB occupied by the log file.
 976642328 KB available on disk.

      4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
 244189951 total allocation units on disk.
 244160582 allocation units available on disk.[/size]

Some SMART info from HDDScan:



CrystalDiskInfo says:



Should I RMA the drive or is this within boundaries?
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2009, 06:00:54 PM »

I would RMA
your drive loosing data in bad sectors, so it doesn't work how it supposed to work
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jelbo
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2009, 09:00:24 AM »

Yeah, thanks for the advice. After running some more tests with WD's Data Lifeguard Diagnostic, that only confirms what HDDScan found:

















btw, the Vista theme I use is SlanXP3 Segoe UI.
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