I built this computer about eight months ago, so I’ve had the drive for about that long. It’s a 1.5 TB Caviar Black drive. It has always had moments where it has a little grinding noise to it, it always alarms me but I try to calm myself down with the many posts I’ve seen from others with the same issue who have said the drives are typically noisy.
However, more recently it feels like things are a little more sluggish than usual and the drive tends to grind somewhat loud when I’m using it intensely, such as when I am doing a virus scan. (however, it is not a consistent grind) I’ve done several tests on it, including the tests in WD Data Lifeguard and everything says it’s fine. I’ve also looked at the SMART values and all the programs list them as “OK”. I’m not too certain on how to go about reading the values myself and I was hoping on a bit of insight… The main values I am worried about are the uncorrectable sector count and the reallocated sector count. Can anyone confirm or deny my worries? I would greatly appreciate it.