Dead Hard Drive

I have several external hard drives. One of my drives contains an El Capitan beta, a QRecall back up, and a Windows backup as well. My Drive Genius Drive Pulse software gave me a warning that this hard drive was having integrity problems. I did some work on the drive and here is what I found.

 

The Problem

I booted from my Tech HD and ran various utilities on the partitions which seemed to work okay. To finish off I ran the Physical Check program inside of Drive Genius. It found all kinds of hardware problems on the drive immediately.

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When a hard drive has this many errors it is basically toast. Yes Drive Genius has a function that can repair hard drives but that experience has never worked out well for me. If you have a dying hard drive and are tempted to repair it, my advice is to forget it. Just buy a new hard drive. Hard drives are very inexpensive and it is not worth the bother to repair them.

You were probably wondering if the drive showed any external symptoms. After I thought about it I noticed that it had been slow to boot up and occasionally it would freeze up. The freezing part is a sure sign of a problem hard drive.

The Solution

I happened to have a one terabyte drive on hand that was about one year old. I put this drive into a drive sled, partitioned it and used the SuperDuper! application to clone each partition over. I then put this hard drive into an enclosure and was able to see everything again. I was able to boot into El Capitan without any issues.

Conclusion

It is nice to have an extra hard drive around in case of failure. The Drive Genius application worked flawlessly, I highly recommended it to you.