Attribute Seek Time Performance

  Catastrophe 08:01 06 Sep 06
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WARNING

Attribute Seek Time Performance change from 248 to 249 (numbers not always ther same) OK

Any idea what this means please? and how to stop it?

:)

  Catastrophe 08:44 06 Sep 06

I should add that this is my internet connection PC running Win98SE.

  Catastrophe 09:36 06 Sep 06

OK. I have found this:

Average performance of seek operations of the magnetic heads. If this attribute is decreasing, it is a sign of problems in the mechanical subsystem.

But what if it increasing?

  Catastrophe 10:36 06 Sep 06

I have run Norton Disk Doctor twice including (first time) full disk scan. First time some fixes; second time none.

Immediately after this ASTP rose from 249 to 252. About 30 minss later it was showing 252 to 251.

Any ideas please?

  Catastrophe 10:57 06 Sep 06

Belarc reports:

IC35L080AVVA07-0 [Hard drive] (82.35 GB) -- drive 1, s/n VNC402A4D35ULA, rev VA4OA52A, SMART Status: Healthy
Maxtor 6K040L0 [Hard drive] (41.11 GB) -- drive 0, s/n K10FCN6G, rev NAR61HA0, SMART Status: Healthy

Can anyone throw any light on this please?
Is one of my HDDs on the way out or not?

  DieSse 11:58 06 Sep 06

*But what if it increasing?*

Increasing means slowing down - ie getting worse. They've worded the situation badly.

It means the performance of the drive has changed significantly enough to warrant informing you. It's not a huge change, however, but it is a change.

When and how did you get the warning?

Yes it is a sign of potential trouble - that's what SMART is there for - to warn you in advance of failure. That's not to say it is or isn't going to fail imminently, it's a warning. The prudent thing to do is to make sure you have proper backups and prepare to replace your drive sooner rather than later.

  Catastrophe 12:24 06 Sep 06

DieSsse

Many thanks for that! It can change, both up and down, over a period of only minutes.

I am well over backed-up having recently made another 20 DVD backups much of which is duplicating previous DVDs. Also backed up to other PCs on my 5PC network which is there primarily for backup.

:)

  Catastrophe 12:40 06 Sep 06

DieSse - sorry about the extra s!

When and how did you get the warning?

To elaborate it has just started popping up in the last few days and, as I said, it can change up or down over a few minutes. This is running Win98SE. I keep this for internet, the others are XP home or professional.

  DieSse 12:40 06 Sep 06

If you're running a SMART monitoring program - and it's showing relatively small changes from moment to moment - then perhaps you've got it set to give you unnecessary information on maybe insignificant changes, and there's really nothing seriously wrong. That's why I asked how you are getting the warnings - that can give a clue as to their relative importance.

SMART is a very useful tool - but it's results do need to be interpreted.

  Catastrophe 12:53 06 Sep 06

Thanks again. I have not made any SMART settings changes - where would I find those to check please?

  Catastrophe 13:04 06 Sep 06

DieSse

OK. Thanks to you I think I have found the answer. I think I accidentakky clicked on a tray icon for Maxtor HDD Health (which I did not know I had). The log started yesterday and today's entries are for 01.59, 01.56, 07.46, 08.31, 08.46, 09.46, 10.16 and 12.01 (I left out the seconds). These show just the STPCs noted.

I will mark this as solved and I thank you for your kind assistance.

:)

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