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  1. Posts : 1,469
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 20H2 19042.844
       #1

    Caution Shown in CrystalDisk Info


    Hello All

    Caution Shown on my Internal 1TB drive now on my main most used Gaming PC, Other Drive that also shows caution is in the External enclosure from Mom's Old Pc, not concerned on that one really, Just wondering why my not too old WD Black 1TB drive would show this already
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  2. Posts : 10,929
    Win10 x64
       #2

    No idea why it shows yellow on that particular Attribute. Mine shows the same as yours and has a lot more hours but no caution.

    Caution Shown in CrystalDisk Info-screenshot_1.png
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  3. Posts : 56,725
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #3

    Patrick...

    Doesn't look like anything horrific is about to happen. Here's a good explanation, even uses Crystal Disk in the example.

    https://harddrivegeek.com/current-pending-sector-count/
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  4. Posts : 1,469
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 20H2 19042.844
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Yeah i don't know either, i'll have to run some error checks when i can later on, and i guess go from there i suppose. After i get my system backup done again first
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  5. Posts : 56,725
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #5

    See my post
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  6. Posts : 1,469
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 20H2 19042.844
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Yeah reading it now!, gonna get my backup done later on tonight, then think should be ok, if i need to zero it like article suggests, at least my backup will be done via Macrium reflect
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  7. Posts : 56,725
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
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    AMDMan2016 said:
    Yeah reading it now!, gonna get my backup done later on tonight, then think should be ok, if i need to zero it like article suggests, at least my backup will be done via Macrium reflect
    There ya go. Good plan. Would love to know how that works out, be nice to know for the future if it happens.
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  8. Posts : 4,453
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
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    After the backup, I suggest running chkdsk on the drive with the /f (fix) switch set. (Must be run from a command line window with administrator privileges.) If you like, post the result.

    That may clear the Crystal Disk Info warning. If any disk sectors need to be marked as bad, I believe that chkdsk will do that.
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  9. Posts : 30,372
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #9

    bobkn said:
    After the backup, I suggest running chkdsk on the drive with the /f (fix) switch set ... That may clear the Crystal Disk Info warning....
    The Pending Sector Count is a list of sectors that the drive's internal electronics has detected as potentially being weak. The drive will test them when they are no longer in use and determine if they are truly bad, or mistakenly identified. The way to force the drive to do this is to zero all the sectors. A low level format is the easiest way to do this. Chkdsk /f won't touch the Pending Sector Count.

    I inherited a used 1TB usb HDD which had a Pending Sector Count in the low 'hundreds'. After some 'googling' it seems that hard continuous use, particularly with torrents, can push a drive too hard and cause sectors to be falsely mark as 'pending' when they are actually ok (and judging by some of the content on the drive, it had been used with torrents). An example of this here:

    Odd pending sector issue. False positives? | Tom's Hardware Forum

    I deleted all partitions, created a single new partition and did a full format. That makes the drive writes to and test every sector. A pending sector that passes the test is removed from the pending list. One that fails will be remapped to use a sector from a pool of spare sectors, the Reallocated Sector count will go up by one and the Pending Sector down by one.

    In my case all the pending sectors tested as good, so both the pending sector count and the reallocated sector count were zero at the end of formatting. This was a year ago, the drive has worked reliably since then. CrystalDiskInfo now says it's 'Good' rather than the 'Caution' it showed when I first tested it.
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  10. Posts : 4,545
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2
       #10

    You can also download HD Tune, not Pro, In my signature. Go to the Error Scan tab and run a full Error Scan. If all the blocks are Green, the HDD is in Good Health, if any of the blocks are RED, it is starting to fail, if only one, you are good, but if more then that it needs to be replaced.
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