Seek time attribute

  jessej 11:08 28 Sep 2005

This may have some bearing on my previous posting, Error 500 message. During the last two days I have been getting a message pop up on screen to say that the Seek Time Attribute has changed from 248 to 249, or other numbers. This morning I have had three changing from 251 to 252; 250 to 248 then 248 to 249. What do they mean? I have never come across them before.
I have done a virus scan and found nothing, though AOL Spyware picked up something called WinFixer, now blocked.

  Gongoozler 11:17 28 Sep 2005

This message suggests that something is changing in your hard drive. It may not be important, but make sure you have a reliable back up just in case

  recap 11:22 28 Sep 2005

If there is an attribute ID of 8 then the average performance of seek operations of the magnetic heads. If this attribute is decreasing, it is a sign of problems in the hard disk drive mechanical subsystem.

Hard drives that support this attribute are:
Samsung, Seagate, IBM (Hitachi), Fujitsu, Maxtor, WD (Western Digital).

  jessej 13:40 28 Sep 2005

The Hard Drive is a Maxtor 6Y160PO (160GB) and it now occurs to me that this pop message has only started since I installed HD Health from click here
Would this be the cause of the messages?
The syatem is backed up regularly every Saturday, though only to a partition on the hard drive. Just in case, I'll have to transfer the back up to DVD's

  Gongoozler 14:29 28 Sep 2005

I suspect that HD health is generating the message. There is probably no real problem, but backups are a wise precaution anyway.

  jessej 14:45 28 Sep 2005

Thank you all. I have now examined HD Health more fully than I had previously and, goongoozler, you are correct, it is the programme that is generating the messages. Right or wrong, I've now turned the messages off. Seeing as I don't know what they meant anyhow.
Sorry to have bothered you, if I had examined the programme properly to start with then I would have known what to expect.

  Gongoozler 15:12 28 Sep 2005

No need to apologise jessej. It's all useful knowledge for all of us.

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