What does this CrystalDiskInfo report show about my hard drive?

Osama Javaid March 31, 2012
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I read a Makeuseof article about CrystalDiskInfo.

Find Out How Healthy And Fast Your Hard Drive Is With These Two Free Windows Applications Find Out How Healthy And Fast Your Hard Drive Is With These Two Free Windows Applications Find Out How Healthy And Fast Your Hard Drive Is With These Two Free Windows Applications The platters of a hard disk drive are spin around at 5400 or 7200 PRM (and sometimes even faster) for countless hours. You would do well to check on their health every now and then.... Read More

I installed the software. But when I ran the program and checked the status of my internal hard drive, this is what occurred.

HD error

I don’t know what this means and I’m worried about my hard drive.

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  1. ha14
    March 31, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Current Pending Sector Count 
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T.
    Count of "unstable" sectors (waiting to be remapped, because of read errors). If an unstable sector is subsequently read successfully, this value is decreased and the sector is not remapped. Read errors on a sector will not remap the sector (since it might be readable later); instead, the drive firmware remembers that the sector needs to be remapped, and remaps it the next time it's written.

    The real trouble would be if the HDD continues to produce new bad sectors, even after a full format.

    see what HDTune says
    http://www.hdtune.com/download.html

    on western digital you can try Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows
    http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/940/session/L3RpbWUvMTMzMzE4MjM2Ni9zaWQvYnFCRSpyVWs%3D

  2. Mike
    March 31, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Your drive shows a value of "1" for "Current Pending Sector Count".
    This means that your drive has detected a weak/bad sector and is going to reallocate it.

    By definition this is not a bad thing - each drive comes with spare sectors dedicated for that purpose and therefor not reducing the available space of the drive.

    However, your drive shows only 96 power-on hours which means it's a fairly new drive. Bad sectors on the other hand are usually a sign of old or pre-fail drives.

    WIthout knowing too much I would say the drive recieved some physical shock causing an early failure of the sector or the drive has a manufacturing defect. Either way I would recommend to issue an RMA for the drive to get it replaced, just in case.