Short story, I use to use a 1TB drive and need to upgrade since I have many more files on 3 separate 500GB drives. So I decided to buy a 2TB to replace that drive and put the 1TB in a separate lower power pc just for downloading / seeds. I bought the drive online and received it today, so I started transferring files; my one major file (800GB) to the new 2TB drive and watched for a little over 1/2 hour and had to leave. Coming back I had 2 different programs, and a windows notification telling me the SMART info indicated ... pretty much a dying drive. I looked up the info / log monitor and it looks like the smart values steadily decreased over time.
It currently says my threshold, value, and worst (for seek error rate) is at a 67. (I'll upload a pic). It also says it has only been on for a little more than 200 hours, so it is not a long lived drive either, assuming once used for back-ups.
PS. When I received it, I immediately ran SMART tests and looked for any issues, like this, before starting the transfer (especially UPS delivering).
I want to know if this is from the large volume of transferred data, the rate is about 50 MB/s and transferring non-stop. The speed really has not decreased in the transfer rate. Should I run tests after the transfer, if so, like what? I just hate to transfer everything, wipe my other drive and have this one fail. I especially do not have the money to buy a backup drive, it was a push to buy this; why I use SMART on all of my other systems.
(UPDATE- I am so confused, I just went to post and the value changed, it went up a little but it is still telling me to back-up / the value is good & the drive I am transferring from, is even worse, so is it the volume of data? EDIT - THE VALUE OF THE 1TB WENT UP TOO...)
1. A large transfer like this really stresses a drive.
2. New drives, if they are going to have problems, will exhibit them early in their life cycle, statistically speaking.
3. You probably did not monitor the drive's temperature. My experience is that overheating is the root cause of most failures of this sort. I regularly monitor my drives' temperature, and unmount them and shut them down when necessary. Some drive types are more susceptible to overheating than others. I have found Seagate 1TB and bigger drives are REALLY problematic in this regard. I have had much better experience with WD drives in the 1+ TB size range. My 2TB WD drives run about 40 degrees cooler than the same size Seagate drives, PLUS they have more spare sectors! 500GB drives don't seem to be as susceptible to overheating and bad sectors / seek/read/write errors.
So, send it back for warranty replacement to the manufacturer, or the vendor if they will accept it.