1.    02 Jul 2017 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 91
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Unsafe shutdown count goes higher everytime I shutdown the PC normally


    I'm using HD Tune Pro and CrystalDiskInfo to monitor the health of my hard drive because it's important to me.

    Today I saw that the value of "Unsafe shutdown count" in HD Tune Pro is pretty high, even higher than the Power-off cycle value. Which is strange and doesn't make any sense because Power-off cycle represents how many times you've powered on and off the PC during the entire lifespan of the drive, according to Wikipedia:

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    What? I've shutdown the PC unsafely more times than I have ever turned it on/off?

    Here's a screenshot of HD Tune Pro's S.M.A.R.T. statistics about my drive:

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    As you can see everything seems fine, except that Unsafe shutdowns value.

    After I saw the ridiculously high value I powered-off the PC like I always do - using the Power button in the Start menu and clicking Shut down, and then powered it on again to see if anything will change.

    And it did. The Power-off cycle rose up by 1, which is normal, but Unsafe Shutdowns value also rose up by 1.
    I powered off the computer completely normally, so that should not have happened.

    There have been unsafe shutdowns in the past, due to sudden power offs, but that was only a few times. Not every time I turn off the PC.

    In CrystalDiskInfo "Unsafe shutdown count" is under a different name - Power-off retract count.
    The current and worst values there are the same as in HD Tune Pro, but the Raw value doesn't make any sense. See here:

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    The Load cycle count in HD Tuner Pro is the same as Unsafe shutdowns, I don't know if that means something. Just wanted to mention it.

    Load cycle means:

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    So, any ideas on why this is happening? The drive is old, so is it possible for it to be giving false information?
    At least it's condition for now is Good, according to CDI and HD Tune. Unsafe shutdowns is not a critical value, but still it's strange that this is happening.
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  2.    02 Jul 2017 #2
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Posts : 124
    Windows 10

    Everyone's HDD wil fail at some point.

    Do you keep regular backups? If not better start

    While there is nothing wrong with monitoring the condition of your hardware, I think your main focus should be on maintaining backups if your data is important.

    These tools are useful but unfortunately mostly serve as FUD fodder.
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