Programs randomly freeze up, it often takes forever to open things, chkdisk reports 1956 KB in bad sectors, WD LifeGuard can’t get passed the first part of the test and a few other disk checking programs fail before step 2 as well. The strange thing is that the SMART data says the drive is ok.
The extended test gives me this:
Test Option: EXTENDED TEST
Model Number: WDC WD2001FASS-00W2B0
Unit Serial Number: WD-…
Firmware Number: 05.01D05
Capacity: 2000.40 GB
SMART Status: PASS
Test Result: FAIL
Test Error Code: 08-Too many bad sectors detected.
Test Time: 18:03:09, May 30, 2014
If the drive is about to die, this will be the third WD drive in a row that I’ve had fail on me. I’m going to RMA this one because it’s still under warranty but I’m seriously leery about the new drive being any good. I have two Maxtors as extra HD’s that have been working for more than six years without any problems, but so far I’ve had 0 luck with every single WD I’ve tried.