Hdd smart error C8H
Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:51 AM
I'd like to know this as i bought an old IDE laptop drive for a pentium 4 era laptop that needed a slight upgrade, then one day i discovered this error while just playing around with the laptop, there's 19 errors of this so far and i don't even know what it does, the hd however works just fine except for that error, no surface problems or anything.
Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:07 AM
multi-zone error rate (or)
How EXACTLY have you checked that the drive "however works just fine except for that error, no surface problems or anything" ?
Check it with it's manufacturer test tool.
If it passes it, it is OK, if it doesn't it is NOT (which does not mean that it will fail tomorrow or the day after, only that it does not meet the requirements it's original manufacturer has set, and I personally believe that the hard disk manufacturer knows more about it's products than anyone else).
Since it is a laptop it is more common that "episodes" (falls/hits/whatever) may have triggered an error.
Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:12 AM
The drive is a Fujitsu MHV2080AT PL 80Gb drive, i don't even know if fujitsu has a testing app.
This post has been edited by Elvi: 18 December 2012 - 07:14 AM
Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:41 AM
Yep, though the general rule is to never trust an hard disk (NEVER), and never, ever consider SMART data to be reliable in a positive way (i.e. a disk sporting "perfect" SMART data may fail in any instant, no matter what the SMART says) a negative SMART setting may be an alarm signal, that in this case seems like being confirmed by the manufacturer tool .
You can still keep using that hard disk, but only if you have a working/checked backup strategy (at least TWO copies of the data on different media) and a sound/tested "recovery from bare metal" method/strategy.
It is well possible that the drive will whirl away happily for another few years before actually failing, though.
This post has been edited by jaclaz: 18 December 2012 - 09:42 AM
Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:54 AM
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