02-15-2012 12:52 AM - last edited on 03-09-2012 05:22 AM by AlanM
I recently purchased a Seagate LP 2 TB drive, model number ST32000542AS.
I bought this to replace my slowly dying Caviar Green 1.5 TB due to bad sectors (C5 Current Pending Sector according to SMART was set to warning in HDTune). The caviar Green 1.5 TB was bought in order to replace another Caviar Green 1 TB that had also bad sectors and then died to the point where the Windows 7 couldn't see it anymore (BIOS still saw it, managed to recover all of my data from the drive when it did disappeared temporarily), which replaced two Caviar Blue's which also died, one of them wasn't able to be seen by the BIOS anymore and the other also died due to bad sectors.
So as you can see, I had very bad luck over the year with WD drives, with the exception of their Caviar Black of which I am happy with so far.
I was told by a staff member at a local NCIX that they received a bad batch of Caviar Greens, but didn't know when when I mentioned I had problems with the Caviar Greens. But I was sure the Greens I got were from that bad batch.
Anyway, I did some extensive tests with the new Seagate drive. Ran the Short the Long versions of the DST and Generic tests, Error Scan with HDTune pro, and chkdsk /f /r.
The drive passed everything with and without data written to it.
But I have noticed that in the SMART data from HDTune Pro, the first attribute, 01 Raw Read Error Rate has a rising Data count, right now at 32552808, Current at 111, Worst at 99, Threshold at 6, Status ok.
I did read over at Wiki that it can mean impending doom for the drive but another post regarding this issue said that RRER Data count is something not to be worried about as the higher the number, the drive is still healthy.
The other attribute was the 07 Seek Error Rate with a Data count 1739777, Current at 62, Worst 60, Threshold at 30, Status ok. Should I also worry about it?
I also have another question regarding HDDs. Can overclocking your system negatively affect drives in the system? I've had this system overclocked for more than a year at 3.33 GHz from 2.66 GHz on my E7300 C2D, FSB 333 MHz, RAM clocked to 1066 MHz (forgot the stock) and the PCI stuff left alone and my Seagate 500 GB drive I had in this system since the beginning of the build is still working and so is my first Caviar Black 1 TB.
I still don't see how overclocking can negatively affect the drive if the PCI clocks and voltages were left alone (which were in my BIOS settings).
Anyway, thanks for any answers.
EDIT: Firmware is stock at CC34 (I think it is CC34, can't check now as I removed the drive from the system in place of another Seagate drive to transfer the files to the new Caviar Black; I only have 4 Power SATA plugs, 1 for the burner, the other 3 for the drives, 2 Caviar Blacks and the the Seagate.
EDIT2: Model number for the Seagate 500 GB drive is ST3500630AS, firmware 3.AAG if you were curious.
02-16-2012 12:36 PM