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Question Does having a SMART event prevent initialization of a disk?

joe360

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I inherited a WD Red 6TB drive that is not initialized. When trying to initialize using Disk Management, I get a cyclic redundancy check error. Ran the WD Data LifeGuard Diagnositc test and the following SMART event log is shown:
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Would this be the potential cause of why I can't initialize the disk? In my very limited knowledge, I'm also a bit worried about the reallocated sector count.

I'm running the extended test now, but at this rate, it looks like I have 750 hours left....
 

Shmee

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Yes, if you have that many bad sectors, you should RMA it.
 

joe360

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Is there a good/reliable reference on how to interpret these reports?

Good ol' Google has been giving me wildly different opinions.....
 

mindless1

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No, the smart flag can be set and the drive is still accessible, but certain errors that cause the smart to be set can make it inaccessible.

I'd just consider it dead and move on, unless under warranty still.
 
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