Is is safe to run this drive at lower capacity?

I have a drive. Done about three and a half years according to the stats, but it’s failing at a relatively high LBA. I think it was just outside warranty when it died. (extra time has been piled on with testing, as I didn’t want to let it go… it’s always hard to take when something dies just after the warranty expires! I’m sure everyone’s been there.) I’ve been sitting on it for a few years and I’ve either got to do something with it, or trash it.

The question is… given the below… what are people’s opinions of creating a partition that’s just lower than the failure point, and continuing to run it, as my tests seem to be fine until it hits that point. Or has it run out of re-mappable sectors and be too risky to chance. Grateful for thoughts.

Model Family:     Western Digital Red
Device Model:     WDC WD60EFRX-68L0BN1
Serial Number:    WD-WXN1H26HDZ5C
LU WWN Device Id: 5 0014ee 2b8c84a65
Firmware Version: 82.00A82
User Capacity:    6,001,175,126,016 bytes [6.00 TB]
Sector Sizes:     512 bytes logical, 4096 bytes physical
Rotation Rate:    5700 rpm
Device is:        In smartctl database [for details use: -P show]
ATA Version is:   ACS-2, ACS-3 T13/2161-D revision 3b
SATA Version is:  SATA 3.1, 6.0 Gb/s (current: 6.0 Gb/s)
Local Time is:    Sun Jun 26 11:55:08 2022 BST
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled

SMART Status not supported: Incomplete response, ATA output registers missing
SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED
Warning: This result is based on an Attribute check.

General SMART Values:
Offline data collection status:  (0x00)	Offline data collection activity
					was never started.
					Auto Offline Data Collection: Disabled.
Self-test execution status:      ( 121)	The previous self-test completed having
					the read element of the test failed.
Total time to complete Offline 
data collection: 		( 8624) seconds.
Offline data collection
capabilities: 			 (0x7b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
					Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
					Suspend Offline collection upon new
					Offline surface scan supported.
					Self-test supported.
					Conveyance Self-test supported.
					Selective Self-test supported.
SMART capabilities:            (0x0003)	Saves SMART data before entering
					power-saving mode.
					Supports SMART auto save timer.
Error logging capability:        (0x01)	Error logging supported.
					General Purpose Logging supported.
Short self-test routine 
recommended polling time: 	 (   2) minutes.
Extended self-test routine
recommended polling time: 	 ( 740) minutes.
Conveyance self-test routine
recommended polling time: 	 (   5) minutes.
SCT capabilities: 	       (0x303d)	SCT Status supported.
					SCT Error Recovery Control supported.
					SCT Feature Control supported.
					SCT Data Table supported.

SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
  1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x002f   186   186   051    Pre-fail  Always       -       2144
  3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0027   207   196   021    Pre-fail  Always       -       8608
  4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   095   095   000    Old_age   Always       -       5680
  5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   198   198   140    Pre-fail  Always       -       79
  7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x002e   200   188   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
  9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   057   057   000    Old_age   Always       -       31755
 10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
 11 Calibration_Retry_Count 0x0032   100   253   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
 12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       50
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       35
193 Load_Cycle_Count        0x0032   197   197   000    Old_age   Always       -       10595
194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   114   102   000    Old_age   Always       -       38
196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032   175   175   000    Old_age   Always       -       25
197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0032   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       1
198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0030   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x0032   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       -       0
200 Multi_Zone_Error_Rate   0x0008   100   253   000    Old_age   Offline      -       0

SMART Error Log Version: 1
No Errors Logged

SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
Num  Test_Description    Status                  Remaining  LifeTime(hours)  LBA_of_first_error
# 1  Extended offline    Completed: read failure       90%     31755         206765432
# 2  Short offline       Completed: read failure       90%     31755         206765432

SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
    1        0        0  Not_testing
    2        0        0  Not_testing
    3        0        0  Not_testing
    4        0        0  Not_testing
    5        0        0  Not_testing
Selective self-test flags (0x0):
  After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.

later on … the partition lower than the failure point will eventually fail as well.

when hard drives go bad … they don’t stop going bad, they will continue to go bad until they eventually die.

But, sure … give it a try, and keep using it, but just don’t put any Critical Data on it that you don’t want to lose.

P.S. i know what you’re going through … i have a few bad Hard Drives i can’t bring myself to part with, they make good paper weights though :slight_smile: