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  1. speedlever

    How to interpret SMART data

    Thanks for the late assessments! I am pleased to report that the buzzing has long since disappeared. I have no idea what that noise was all about and, knocking on wood, the drives all operate flawlessly, best I can tell.
  2. I have 3 HDs in my system. Lately, I've heard an odd buzzing noise when one of the drives is accessed, although it doesn't always happen. I think it's my oldest drive, a Samsung HD321KJ 320GB drive that is over 4 years old. I also have a new 2TB Samsung and a 1.5GB WD in an external case. I'm really curious about the ECC comparisons between the older hd321kj and the new hd204ui Samsung drives. The WD doesn't appear to have the same SMART info. Can anyone help me interpret the readings? The markers seem to be all over the place on my newest drive, and mostly in the top of the green end on the oldest drive that I suspect may be developing issues. I pretty much leave the computer on 24/7. The internal HDs are in an Antec Solo case with dual cooling fans right in front of them. Running Win7/64 on an Asus P5B-E with a Corsair HX520W PSU, Intel E6600 cpu, and 6 GB ram. In advanced settings, the HDs are set to turn off after 20 minutes. Are there more optimal settings I should use for this desktop computer? Samsung HD321KJ (4+ years old). Normal temp is about 28*C. Samsung HD204UI (2 months old). Normal temp is about 29*C. Western Digital WD15EARS (1+ year old). Normal temp is about 39*C.
  3. speedlever

    How to interpret SMART data

    Thanks. Very helpful info, especially the wiki link that explains the various fields.
  4. speedlever

    How to interpret SMART data

    Well. Hmm. Ran the smartmontools. Still don't know how to interpret the data. The Hardware recovered ECC data just looks weird to me, but then again all this stuff is Greek to me. Sure looks to me like it's reporting the same info as I pasted earlier, from SpeedFan. C:\Program Files (x86)\smartmontools\bin>smartctl -a sdb smartctl 5.41 2011-06-09 r3365 [i686-w64-mingw32-win7(64)-sp1] (sf-win32-5.41-1) Copyright © 2002-11 by Bruce Allen, http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net === START OF INFORMATION SECTION === Model Family: SAMSUNG SpinPoint T166 Device Model: SAMSUNG HD321KJ Serial Number: S0MQJ1KLB04630 Firmware Version: CP100-05 User Capacity: 320,072,933,376 bytes [320 GB] Sector Size: 512 bytes logical/physical Device is: In smartctl database [for details use: -P show] ATA Version is: 7 ATA Standard is: ATA/ATAPI-7 T13 1532D revision 4a Local Time is: Sat Aug 20 11:41:45 2011 EDT SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability. SMART support is: Enabled === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION === SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED General SMART Values: Offline data collection status: (0x00) Offline data collection activity was never started. Auto Offline Data Collection: Disabled. Self-test execution status: ( 0) The previous self-test routine completed without error or no self-test has ever been run. Total time to complete Offline data collection: ( 5905) seconds. Offline data collection capabilities: (0x5b) SMART execute Offline immediate. Auto Offline data collection on/off supp ort. Suspend Offline collection upon new command. Offline surface scan supported. Self-test supported. No Conveyance Self-test supported. Selective Self-test supported. SMART capabilities: (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering power-saving mode. Supports SMART auto save timer. Error logging capability: (0x01) Error logging supported. General Purpose Logging supported. Short self-test routine recommended polling time: ( 2) minutes. Extended self-test routine recommended polling time: ( 101) minutes. SCT capabilities: (0x003f) SCT Status supported. SCT Error Recovery Control supported. SCT Feature Control supported. SCT Data Table supported. SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16 Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds: ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_ FAILED RAW_VALUE 1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000f 100 100 051 Pre-fail Always - 0 3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0007 100 100 015 Pre-fail Always - 5568 4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0032 073 073 000 Old_age Always - 28145 5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 253 253 010 Pre-fail Always - 0 7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x000f 253 253 051 Pre-fail Always - 0 8 Seek_Time_Performance 0x0025 253 253 015 Pre-fail Offline - 0 9 Power_On_Hours 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 33865 10 Spin_Retry_Count 0x0033 253 253 051 Pre-fail Always - 0 11 Calibration_Retry_Count 0x0012 253 253 000 Old_age Always - 0 12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 323 187 Reported_Uncorrect 0x0032 253 253 000 Old_age Always - 0 190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022 073 065 000 Old_age Always - 27 194 Temperature_Celsius 0x0022 157 133 000 Old_age Always - 27 195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered 0x001a 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 166685583 196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032 253 253 000 Old_age Always - 0 197 Total_Pending_Sectors 0x0012 253 253 000 Old_age Always - 0 198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0030 253 253 000 Old_age Offline - 0 199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count 0x003e 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 0 200 Multi_Zone_Error_Rate 0x000a 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0 201 Soft_Read_Error_Rate 0x000a 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0 202 Data_Address_Mark_Errs 0x0032 253 253 000 Old_age Always - 0 SMART Error Log Version: 1 No Errors Logged SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1 Num Test_Description Status Remaining LifeTime(hours) LBA _of_first_error # 1 Short offline Completed without error 00% 33865 - # 2 Short offline Completed without error 00% 18848 - Note: selective self-test log revision number (0) not 1 implies that no selectiv e self-test has ever been run SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 0 Note: revision number not 1 implies that no selective self-test has ever been ru n SPAN MIN_LBA MAX_LBA CURRENT_TEST_STATUS 1 0 0 Not_testing 2 0 0 Not_testing 3 0 0 Not_testing 4 0 0 Not_testing 5 0 0 Not_testing Selective self-test flags (0x0): After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk. If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.
  5. speedlever

    How to interpret SMART data

    Thanks. Not familiar with Smartmontools. I'll check it out.
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    Contest: Free USB Drives

    If I had a few more posts, I'd jump on the freebie offering too!
  7. I worried a bit about the wear and tear on an SSD OS drive too... until I read this: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?271063-SSD-Write-Endurance-25nm-Vs-34nm&
  8. I just added an F4 drive to my rig. The drive is on the bottom of 3 drives in an Antec Solo case. On top of it is a Samsung HD321KJ and on top of that is an 80GB Intel SSD. There are two fans in front of the drives. Both Samsung drives are very quiet and the F4 runs about 1*C warmer (28*C) than the HD32KJ (27*C).
  9. speedlever

    most reliable hard drive?

    I have had a Seagate (7200.7, I think) failure, Deathstar failure, and last year had two WD 740ADFD Raptors fail.. .the latter being the replacement of the former.. which was but 3 years old. I ended up going with an Intel X25M 80GB SSD even though WD sent me a 150GB Velociraptor (recertified) replacement. I will trade performance for reliability any day of the week. I have a Samsung HD321KJ data drive that has run flawlessly for 4+ years. But at 320GB, it's starting to get cramped for space. I'm looking to replace it with a 2TB drive. I buy Hondas and Toyotas, not because they're perfect, but because they tend (in my experience) to have greater reliability than competing brands. I'm looking for the Honda and Toyota of HDDs. I'm not sure they exist. It appears to me that at this point I just hold my nose and jump in. There seems to be no clear consensus as to what drive mfgr builds more reliable drives.