01-22-2010 04:06 AM
Hello! I've bought my 1 TB Seagate 7200.12 in August, and had no problems untill a few days ago.
I tried to run Colin Mcrare Dirt 2 and while running ok, my drive started making awkard clicking noises and the game froze.
After a while the noise went away and the game started again properly. Long story short, this kept happening for a while until i closed the game through Task Manager.
Ever since that day, when my drive is being stressed, immediately clicking noises appear and my system freezes for a few seconds.Then, my Pc operates normally.
I run the long test in SeaTools DOS mode and the drive strangely enough, Passed !!! My drive is CC34 firmware, and I have Windows 7.
Is this kind of behaviour, a message that my drive is going to fail in the near future ?
Can I do anything to save my drive, before I RMA it (I mean like a program that regenarates bad sectors etc...) ?
01-22-2010 10:17 PM
you can take MHDD for remove bad blocks http://www.gotbackdata.com/Article-diagnostic.html but before action. you should full backup your data first.
01-23-2010 05:43 AM
I just ended a series of tests.
I run HDD Regenarator through Hirens Boot CD and no errors, and then another test with Windows CHKDSK and no errors again.
However the problem seems to getting worse, as now, whenever I try to open many tabs in Firefox (more than 10) system freezes and the awful clicking noises appear.
In SMART, the reallocated sectors number is 98!
Is there a way to fix those reallocated sectors WITHOUT losing my data???
You see the drive that has the problem is my main drive that my Win7 are installed on...
01-23-2010 01:25 PM
Has anyone tried to do a Zero Fill of these drives with SeaTools DOS, as Seagate suggests?
Did this 'fix' work?
Please respond 'cause I'm desperate!
(I already got a backup of my drive...)
01-26-2010 10:22 PM
01-26-2010 11:18 PM - edited 01-26-2010 11:30 PM
I've done zerofill, doesn't help.
Why does so many drives of this model start to click / reallocate sectors / fail? seems to me like there is some bug in the 7200.12 series
(my first drive fails after 3 weeks, the replaced one after 5 days...)
01-27-2010 12:44 AM
I' m positive that the whole series of 7200.12 1 TB is somewhat faulty (or a batch of them)...
Doesn't make sense SO many drives with the same problem! I've read, that even drives with later firmware than mine (CC34) are failing, so Seagate launched a BAD DRIVE and not a bad firmware.
As for my power supply, it is a Toughpower 850 Watt, bought it 2 years ago. In my PC, I have 3 other HDDs, 2 Seagate 1 WD (all SATA) and none of them has a thing.
Also My PC was working flawlessly, even 24/7 for some periods of time, so I don't thing the PSU is to blame.
Don't know what else to do, I've run maybe 5 programms to verify my drive, and none of them found a problem!
But the problem is still there, and I think is getting worse day by day.
Yesterday morning, Windows tried to start and oups, BOOTMGR missing! Restart and again the same! I managed to get into windows only through the boot menu, selecting Last Good Configuration or something like that.
Ever since, the only way to boot is the one described above.
01-27-2010 04:14 AM
I'm thinking also that the PSU isn't the problem.
I have any Antec PSU and i was running 2 Raptor's and 3 Seagate 7200.11 series on it, and now changed to one ssd and 3x1tb (western and samsung drives are running without any problems, and THEY keep my system running...)
My 7200.12 drive and the RMA drive has had FW CC37
01-27-2010 05:29 AM
Do you have another hardrive (a perfectly working one) - perhaps a WD/Hitachi (seeing that you may not be feeling too positive to seagate right now), that you could stick into your system, just to temporarily install windows to, and test the system?
If not (really - you should aim to do this):
Download memtest86, and run the non-windows version of the program. - It will thoroughly test your ram by default - but I MAY recommend some pass settings when you actually get it.
Maybe THIS drive (Im not doubting the others at all) is not actually at fault.
Its not natural for a bad HDD to get past so many utils - though its possible an electrical problem slip get by.
How about making a little space on one of your HDDs (the samsung or WD currently in there (say, 4 GB, and installing XP to it?).
Many third party partitioning software allow for ease in doing this.
Whatever the method, I believe you need to test the system using another HDD as your main drive (with THIS drive out of the system completly).
Quick question - drive is in DMA mode, correct?