Is it safe to run daily Full AV scans on my old HDD that may be starting to fail? WIll it bring it an earlier death??

polpop

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I know Full AV scans are overkill, but I just sleep better with them on.

My old HDD sometimes makes some sounds, and occasionally I get random shutoffs. If I run Full AV scans everyday, will that actually have a noticeable effect on the HDD lifespan, or am I worrying too much?
 

D_Know_WD

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Hi there polpop,

Have you tested the drive? In case you haven't, you can do that: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/282651-32-best-diagnostic-testing-utility
Also, you can do something simple as just attaching the drive with different cables to a different port and see whether the issue persists.

If the HDD is failing indeed, I would say that full scans every day could speed up this process. Also, if this is the case, I would advise you to back up all the data stored on it and use it for storing only non important data.

Cheers,
D_Know_WD
 

D_Know_WD

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Jul 30, 2014
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Hi there polpop,

Have you tested the drive? In case you haven't, you can do that: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/282651-32-best-diagnostic-testing-utility
Also, you can do something simple as just attaching the drive with different cables to a different port and see whether the issue persists.

If the HDD is failing indeed, I would say that full scans every day could speed up this process. Also, if this is the case, I would advise you to back up all the data stored on it and use it for storing only non important data.

Cheers,
D_Know_WD
 
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