HDD wear...and tear

pappi

Banned
There is a light next to battery status that flickers on and off. It seems to be about HDD activity(it flickers very rapidly aftet boot during which time PC is not responsive...busy?). It also flickers as rapidly during any scanning...like, anti-virus, sfc /scannow, diskcheck, defrag, disk cleanup, system restore, etc.

I tend to do these scans very often, easily several times a week. I also turn off PC at least once daily. I might even be trigger-happy with SR at the slightest suggestion of malfunctions. Am I wearing down my HDD?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    pavilion dv7-1170us
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    1 298.09 fujitsu G2 ATA Device
    Mouse
    Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad
    Keyboard
    IBM enhanced 102-key

richc46

Vista Guru
Gold Member
With normal use a Hard Drive is expected to last anywhere between 5 and 10 years.
Turning off the computer no longer extends the life of a hard drive. It years ago but these newer hard drives are meant to be used and turning off does not prolong the life. In fact, turning the computer off is the reason it is busy when you boot. It is performing the tasks it would normally due when not busy (in your case turned off). You should boot the computer, about once a week, so that any errors can be corrected at boot.
Bottom line, with today's modern hard drives just be sure to turn off properly, and this is the best thing that you can do to keep your hard drive in good shape. I have also heard, that overuse of chkdsk (with both boxes checked) does hurt the drive.
You may want to download the free crystal disk to check on the condition of your hard drive and to check its progress
CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT
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